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The Montenotte Hotel Cork City Marathon 2007

Bank Holiday Monday June 4th saw almost 4,000 competitors take to the streets of Cork in the Montenotte Hotel Cork City Marathon, the first marathon in the city since 1986. Thousands of supporters and well-wishers lined the city centre and suburbs to encourage the athletes on their long and arduous route to the finish on St. Patrick’s Street. The glorious sunshine brought perfect conditions for the on-lookers, but made the marathon a particularly tough course for the athletes. The magnificent support they got from the people of Cork was a highlight of the day.

It was thrilling to watch Alan O’Shea, from Bantry, cross the line to take the 2007 Cork City Marathon – we couldn’t have asked for a more fitting winner. Alan’s time of 2:27:36 has set the mark for the years to come. Tracy Guilfoyle, from Clare, took the women’s race in an impressive 3:01:52, an exceptional 37th place overall. The wonderful performance of ‘West Waterford – The Best’ took first place in the Team Relay, coming home in 2:19:21. Raivis Zakis, Sandis Bralitis and James Ledingham weren’t exaggerating when they named their team!

The Team Relay, in which up to 5 people can share the marathon course in stages, was a particularly successful aspect of the event. With the stages ranging from 3.1 to 6.9 miles in length, the Relay allows people of most abilities to share in the excitement of the marathon. Almost 700 teams from all over the country and from all walks of life took part.

Our sincere thanks go out to all our sponsors and partners, but especially to everyone who volunteered on the day – we couldn’t have hosted such a successful event without our wonderful team of volunteers. The Gardaí and medical emergency services also deserve special thanks for implementing such sophisticated plans to ensure the safety of the event.

Further details, including finishing times, can be found at

Gina Johnson,
Event Manager,
Montenotte Hotel Cork City Marathon,
City Hall, Cork, Ireland.Tel. +353 (0)21 4924170 Email:

Tributes from marathon runners:

“I have run many road races and ran the Edinburgh Marathon as part of a relay team in the past, but I must admit that nothing compared to the buzz around Cork city last Monday!”

“I've done London, Paris and Dublin marathons before and from what I saw yesterday Cork can stand shoulder to shoulder with any of them. Running up Patrick Street to the finish yesterday was a thrill and a privilege and beats the final stretch in any of the other marathon I've done hands down. I've no doubt whatsoever that the Cork Marathon will go from strength to strength and become a well established marathon in the future.”

marathon 2007 winner Alan O'Shea

Winner of the Montenotte Hotel Cork City Marathon, Alan O’Shea, being presented with his trophy by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Michael Ahern and Darina Gately of the Montenotte Hotel

marathon 2007 St. Mary's Church

Marathon runners passing St. Mary's Church on Pope's Quay, Cork

marathon 2007 martin morrissey

Martin Morrissey, IS Dept., Cork City Council, competing in the 2007 Montenotte Hotel Cork City Marathon

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