Now that the dust has settled a bit, it's time to look back at some of the numbers for this years Cork City Marathon. As was noted in the comments section of the results post for the event, the numbers for the marathon were down this year. The graph below shows the full story...
As you can see, 2014 was the second best year and only slightly down on 2013. The overall numbers are still very healthy even if the numbers in the marathon dropped.
The second graph below which again was compiled by Peter shows the numbers in each event...
The big change in recent years is the increasing popularity of the half-marathon. As can be seen from the first graph, the numbers overall are much the same but more people seem to opting for the half-marathon now instead of the full. The drop in the full marathon isn't huge...maybe around 200 or so but still a very definite shift.
The numbers in the relay didn't show any real dramatic change. In 2014, there were still around 600 relay teams which is higher than it was back in 2012.
I also had a look at the number of women taking part in the full and the half...
It shows no significant change although the percentage of women in the full was up this year. You could probably safely predict that in 2015, about 20% of the field in the full will be women and that figure will be around 43% in the half.
Interactive Results......Tadhg Murphy has put together a very good database of the 2014 Cork City Marathon results. You can see how you did in comparison to others with a graphical display to show how big the gaps were. Click HERE
Largest Teams.....In Tadhg's results, you can also check the number of runners that took part from each club. There is a slight error in that some of the pacers didn't have their club names recorded in results.
In the full marathon, Eagle AC had the highest number of finishers with 20 taking part. Watergrasshill were second with 15 which is remarkable considering that they are a new club. I think St.Finbarr's AC had at least one person pacing the full so they were 3rd with 14. Both Clonmel AC and Marathon Club Ireland had 9 each.
In the half-marathon, Eagle AC had 40 members, St.Finbarrs AC 34, Watergrasshill AC 19, Youghal AC 18 and Leevale AC 14.
In the Relay event, it's hard to make out exactly which clubs are entered due to the names used. Eagle AC had five teams, Togher AC had two, Leevale AC had two, CIT AC had two with others like East Cork AC with one team taking first place.
And the future??....Going forward, the numbers in the half-marathon look as if
they will continue to grow. After the mess in 2013 with the buses and
the lack of timing mats at the start, the 2014 event seemed to be a
great success. Starting near the city centre makes so much more sense
and it makes things a lot easier for those taking part. It wouldn't be
any great suprise to see it go above 2000 finishers next year.
relay it seems will probably stay much the same. There are a huge
number of people that would find even the half-marathon too hard and the
relay is the event of choice for them.
That leaves the
full marathon. What is its future? Obviously a lot of people from Cork
will want to do a marathon in their home city so there is probably a
limit as to far it could drop. Another factor these days of course is
just the number of other marathons on. For example, Waterford now has
its own marathon and some of those who might have considered traveling
to Cork before can now stay at home and do their own event. The same
could be said for Kerry and if you consider all of those factors, it's
probably not suprising the marathon numbers have dropped. If I had to
guess, I'd say around the 1000 mark is possibly the new figure for
numbers in the full marathon in Cork.
Comments & thoughts???