Having run the Cork Marathon for the last 3 years, I think I can honestly say that this one was the warmest so far. Even before the start, it seemed very mild which was a contrast to last year when it seemed to be pretty cool before the race started.
Needless to say, in these warm conditions most target times were unrealsitic and a lot of people, both Mararthon runners and Relay runners struggled today in the heat. The temperature for the 2nd half of the Marathon was up around 23 deg C and nearly all of us are not used to running in these conditions. The photo above shows some runners at around the 3 mile mark and you can see that the heat is beginning to have an impact already.
1) Water stations.........those little 250ml bottles of water were excellent. Just big enough to get a decent amount of water and light enough to carry. Best of all, you could drink on the move, something that is almost impossible with cups. I wonder if there were enough bottles left for the slower runners?....I hope so.
2) Lucozade Sport......I thought we were going to get the foil pack version but at the time I was going through, they were giving out 500ml bottles. Considering the heat, I decided to drink everything so I ended up drink a litre of the stuff ;o)
I reckon that overall, I must have drank about 2.5 litres of liquid. A huge amount compared to what I needed to drink for the Dublin City Marathon last October (7 deg C).
3) Sponges........I ususally don't bother but they were a godsend on a hot day like today.
4) Relay Runners......As most of you know, there has been been a bit of a debate going on here about the merits or otherwise of having a Relay stage in the Cork City Marathon. During the race today, I was glad that there were so many Relay runners around. I found myself running on my own a lot with large gaps between the Marathon runners. When I ran the Dublin Marathon, there were loads of groups and you could find somebody running at your own pace. Without the Relay runners today, it would have been like doing a Marathon on my own. The Cork Marathon without the Relay runners would be pointless.
5) Stewards and Volunteers.......Excellent as always. It's great to see people giving up their time to help out for the day and we all owe them a debt of gratitude.
Overall.........it seems that it was another successful Cork Marathon & Relay.........but why did it have to be so hot!! ;o)
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Results........The Results of the Full Marathon are HERE.
The Results of the Relay Team are HERE.
The list of prizes given out are HERE.
Photos........ (Updated Tues 9th @ 10:00pm)
1) Paudie Birmingham was quick off the mark with a nice series of photos.........Pre-Race, near the 1 Mile Mark, the 3 Mile Mark and near the middle of the race.
2) Eagle AC have a set of 80 photos on their website.
3) David Bradshaw has a set of 458 photos on this Flickr photo gallery.
4) Eagle AC have another set of 214 photos by Pat O'Driscoll.
5) A series of shots mainly on the Grand Parade after the start by Doug M.
6) A set of 473 photos on Flickr.
7) A searchable gallery HERE. Just enter your bib number.
8) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has 2 galleries of photos mostly near the 26 mile mark up on the Eagle AC website........451 here and 317 here
9) Some commercial photos are now available HERE. Just enter your bib number or surname if you are a Marathon runner. For Relay runners, you have to put a letter (A-E) before your number. Doesn't matter which letter, all photos from that team will show up. (Note that there seems to be a problem with the search facility at the moment.