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Cork City Marathon Returns

Bank Holiday Monday, 4th June 2007, will see Cork city host its first Marathon since 1986.


John Gardiner at the Press Launch of Cork City Marathon 2007 with Noreen Murphy (Athletics Association of Ireland), Roger Flack (Cork Chamber of Commerce), Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Michael Ahern, Michael Dooley (Business Houses Athletics Association) & Aidan Moynihan (Irish Hotels Federation). (Photo: Tony O’Connell)


The race will incorporate a Wheelchair Category and a Team Relay Event in which teams of between two and four runners will compete in the 26-mile, 385-yard (42.195km) course. The race will set off from the South Mall at 9.00am, covering a single circuit of the city’s suburbs through Blackpool, Sunday’s Well, the Carrigrohane Road, the Lough, Skehard Road, Mahon, the Marina, South Main Street and Washington Street, to finish on the South Mall.

The Event Manager, Gina Johnson, said “This will be an exciting sporting event for athletes. We want to see everyone in the city and suburbs on the streets to support the runners.”

The event organisers include Cork City Council, the Cork Chamber of Commerce, the Cork Business Houses Athletic Association (BHAA), the Athletics Association of Ireland (AAI), the Gardaí, the Health Service Executive, Bus Éireann, the Hotels Federation, LeisureWorld Cork, the City of Cork Vocational Educational Committee (VEC) and the Media Sponsor, the Evening Echo. It is anticipated that five thousand entrants will take part in the first year of what is set to become an annual date in Cork’s busy social, sporting and community diaries. Tying in with the Ocean to City race on June 2nd, the Marathon will make a great sporting weekend in Cork.

Launching the event today, Cork’s Lord Mayor, Cllr. Michael Ahern invited groups of friends, families, colleagues, businesses, clubs and community associations to keep fit and healthy by participating in the Team Relay Event. A veteran of Cork City marathons himself, the Lord Mayor encouraged those interested in running to get on their shoes and start a training programme. He also stressed the need for people to train carefully and seek medical advice if necessary.

The BHAA ( and the AAI ( organise programmes of road races throughout the year and some of these could be useful rehearsals for the Marathon. Leisure World will also be assisting members with their training programmes for the Marathon at their Bishopstown and Churchfield centres.

Registration for the Marathon will begin in January 2007. The website will be active shortly and will be developed over the next few weeks. Further information is available from the Event Manager, Gina Johnson, at:

Cork City Marathon, City Hall, Cork

Tel. +353 (0)21-4924170

Press Release 3/11/06.

John Gardiner gets his running shoes on for Cork City Marathon 2007. Also attending the Press Launch were Aidan Moynihan (Irish Hotels Federation), Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Michael Ahern, Michael Dooley (Business Houses Athletics Association) and Noreen Murphy (Athletics Association of Ireland). (Photo: Tony O’Connell)

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Representatives of the organising committees and sponsors with Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Michael Ahern, and John Gardiner at the Press Launch for Cork City Marathon 2007. (Photo: Pat Duggan)

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