Tuesday, June 07, 2016
STATEMENT FROM CORK CITY MARATHON ORGANISERS...Tues 7th June 2016
STATEMENT FROM CORK CITY MARATHON ORGANISERS
The Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon 2016 took place in Cork city yesterday (Bank Holiday Monday) with almost 10,000 participants sharing the 10th anniversary of Cork City Marathon. With year on year growth, the Cork City Marathon is a much loved, inclusive race that attracts thousands to the region annually.
Organised by Cork City Council in partnership with Athletics Ireland and Cork BHAA (Business Houses Athletics Association) and supported by hundreds of volunteers , the Cork City Marathon 2016 had a number of Guinness World Record breakers at yesterday’s event. Philip Harty (West Waterford AC) and Nollaigh O’Neill (Leevale AC) were the marathon winners. Due to the humid temperature, overall race times were slower than normal which is to be anticipated.
However there was an issue at the start of the Cork City Half Marathon which added additional distance to the marathon and therefore impacted on the runners’ running times.
“On behalf of the Cork City Marathon team, I would like to sincerely apologise to the Half Marathon runners who were affected yesterday by an incident at the beginning of the Half Marathon” said Cork City Marathon Race Director, Jim O’Donovan of Cork City Council.
“We are carrying out a full review of the Half Marathon start and course including stewarding, barriers and lead vehicles. We will do our utmost to ensure that this will not happen again at Cork City Marathon.”
Mr. O’Donovan added that the team involved in Cork City Marathon were committed to organising a high quality marathon for Cork city.
The Cork City Marathon organisers have accepted full responsibility for the incident and apologise sincerely to the runners of the marathon.
The incident occurred when an international participant went off course close to the Half Marathon start line. Due to the speed of the wheelchair competitor, the stewards on foot were unable to stop the participant and the motorbike stewards went to redirect the participant. The Half Marathon runners followed the stewarding bikes on to Albert Road which was off course. They were quickly rerouted onto an alternate course, but naturally this caused confusion for those familiar with the Cork City Half Marathon route and also added additional time to the runners’s finishing times.