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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Cork City Marathon - Comments & Questions...
Now that the Cork City Marathon and Relay is just around the corner, would anyone like to know more? Any questions? Not sure about something? Like to comment on any of the present arrangements? Click on that Comment link below and leave a message...

(Updated Sun 1st June 11am)
"Hi John and thanks for all the updates during the week. It has been great reading. On the water comments, I totally agree with you in relation to drinking from cups compared to drinking from bottles. Looking at the water stations on the map, I think the bottles are not distributed correctly. 2 bottle stops in the first 6 miles and the next one at 22 miles. Drinking from cups is a mess and considering how I do feel myself after the half way mark, the last thing they want is to be messing with cups. Stopping to get in a lot of water is a worry as the muscles in the legs sometimes play up once stopped. Anyway that my 2 pence worth. Best of luck to everybody. Enjoy .........Paudie"
"Hi John. Brilliant info all week. Thanks for that. Water situation not ideal but I doubt it will be changed. Just wondering if you have any idea of numbers for the day. i.e. similar, less or more than last year. I'm trying to decide what time to go in to the start. Regards and good luck to all!! .........AJ "
"AJ........Last year there were 1356 Marathon finishers. I hear that there will be a slight increase on the numbers this year so say, 1400. Then there are 848 relay teams entered (Last year was about 600). Let's say some don't make it so let's say 800. So 1400 + 800 = 2,200. So, I'm guessing that there will be a crowd of 2,200 or so at the start line on Monday morning.
Since Patricks Street is narrower than it was last year, I'd say that the field will be a lot longer at the start. However, there will be plenty of space on the Grand Parade, South Mall, Parnell Place and Merchants Quay for people to pass and get up to their proper speed. I'd say if you were there by 8:40, you should be fine........John Desmond"
"Hi John, excellent website....thanks for keeping us informed. I echo the comments on the water stations...even if the 2 mile bottled water station was at the 14 mile mark, it would give runners peace of mind! All the best to everyone participating & volunteering their time on Monday..........Irene"
"Hi John, I was wondering if you had any info on the transport arrangments to & from the relay changeover points. Last year, I was on the first leg of the relay, this year I am doing the 4th. Last year I was able to get the shuttle bus from the park & ride at the Kinsale roundabout to the city hall. I am having trouble obtaining this kind of info for this year. Keep up the excellent work with the site........Brendan"
"Brendan....here is some info from the e-mail that they sent out to all entrants.....Getting to your Relay Changeover. A fleet of Bus √Čireann buses will operate through the day to bring you to and from the outlying relay changeover points. The buses will shuttle to and from the front of the City Hall........Cork City Marathon will provide a free Park and Ride service from the Kinsale Road (N27) Black Ash Park and Ride into the city centre from 7.30am. Participants and spectators are urged to use this facility and leave your car outside the city centre for the day. City and suburban bus services will be restricted because of the race. ........John Desmond"

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi John
Brilliant info all week. Thanks for that.
Water situation not ideal but i doubt it will be changed. Just wondering if you have any idea of numbers for the day. ie similar,less or more than last year. I'm trying to decide what time to go in to the start.
Regards and good luck to all!!
AJ

Anonymous said...

Hi John, I was wondering if you had any info on the transport arrangments to & from the relay changeover points. Last year, I was on the first leg of the relay, this year I am doing the 4th. Last year i was able to get the shuttle bus from the park & ride at the Kinsale roundabout to the city hall. I am having trouble obtaining this kind of info for this year. Keep up the excellent work with the site........Brendan