Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Results of the Clonakilty Back to Back Marathon...Sat 16th and Sun 17th Feb 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

Results of the Clonakilty Back to Back Marathon...Sat 16th and Sun 17th Feb 2013

When this event was announced a few months ago, it sounded like a novel idea but somewhat crazy! ;o) The thought of doing a full Marathon on a Saturday followed by another full Marathon on a Sunday might appeal to some people but would enough people do it to make the whole venture worthwhile?

Websites appeared, Facebook pages were updated and expressions of interest flowed in. But how many would actually do the two?

At the start of the month on the 2nd and 3rd of February, there was a dry run (excuse the pun ;o) with the race directors invitational back to back Marathon. On the Saturday, the sun shone in the clearest skies you could ever hope for making it a spectacular day. The following Sunday was overcast but dry. In total, nine people ran the two Marathons.

Fast forward two weeks later and it was time for the main event. On the Saturday (16th Feb), a total of 149 people took part. In contrast to the main Marathon over the same course back in December, it was a much easier race to get to and get away from. There was loads of parking nearby, no delays and the smaller numbers just made it a much easier event to handle. The day itself was overcast but mild. The results are HERE

On the Sunday, the wind really picked up which meant it was going to be more of a challenge out on the exposed parts of the course. Despite the weather forecast for showers, it stayed dry throughout. A total of 121 people took part. The results are HERE

So how many did the two days? Looking around at the singlets and faces at the start line on both days, it was obvious that people had traveled from all corners of the country to do this event. Overall, an amazing 112 people actually completed the two Marathons. Results HERE.

Looking forward, the Clonakilty Back to Back Marathon is sure to attract another large crowd next year. Whatever about  the main event in December, this one got a very favourable response and the challenge of doing a Marathon one day after another will appeal to some people. Add in the fact that it is just a stunning course to run on...especially in nice weather...then it's an added bonus. If it's a challenge that interests you then this is the one to do.

2 comments:

cathal daly running blog said...

I'm glad it worked out for all involved. I hope the organisers learn for the errors of last decembers event and sort it out next time.

Amazing feat that runners ran 2 marathons in two days. Well done!!!

Anonymous said...

This was a great event - extremely well organised - great care during the marathon from the cyclist support - great care at the end of the marathon from the finish line team.....this was just a great event....well done......