The Bord Gáis Energy Cork City Marathon took place on Bank Holiday Monday, 6th June, 2011. Continuing to build on its tradition of being the most open and accessible marathon in Ireland, the 2011 Marathon saw the inclusion of a half marathon for the first time. Alongside the half and full races, there was also a team relay event in which teams of up to 5 members shared the marathon course.
This year's marathon saw over 8,500 participants compete in the full and half marathon and team relay events. Among the thousands of runners taking part were two athletes from Cork’s Twinned Cities, Daniel Rothwell from Swansea, (Swansea Harriers) and Norbert Nikelowski from Cologne. It was the first time participating in the Cork City Marathon for both athletes. Both completed the full 42.195km course in wonderful times. Mr. Rothwell completed the course in 2.37.34 earning him a place in the top 10, and Mr. Nikelowski completed the course in a time of 3.28.58.
On Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 both runners paid a courtesy visit to the Lord Mayor of Cork, where they also met members of the International Relations Twinning Committee, members of the Cologne and Swansea Sub Committees, and the City Manager Mr. Tim Lucey who also completed the marathon in a time of 3.00.58
Picture shows the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Michael O'Connell with the Lady Mayoress Catherine O'Connell meeting with Norbert Nikelowski (front left) and Daniel Rothwell (front right) in the company of the City Manager Mr. Tim Lucey and members of the International Relations Committee, Cork-Swansea Committee and Cork-Cologne Committee.