Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Cork City Marathon Celebrates 10 years of Running Success

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Cork City Marathon Celebrates 10 years of Running Success

Press release....Call for Uniformed Service Personnel in Ireland and Abroad to Participate In newly launched ‘Battle of the Badges’

The Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon will celebrate a decade of sporting success on Bank Holiday Monday 6 June 2016. In ten years the marathon has grown to be one of the biggest events on the Irish sporting calendar, attracting almost 100,000 runners to participate in the full and half marathon as well as the team relay and youth challenge.

To celebrate 10 years, the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon is calling on all uniformed personnel to participate in the newly launched ‘Battle of the Badges’. The category encourages teams and individuals from the various uniformed bodies, such as the Gardaí, Naval Service, Registered Nurses, Fire Brigade, Ambulance, Coastguard, or anyone in uniform, to run for the honour of their profession.

“In the past ten years the Cork City Marathon has earned a reputation for being inclusive. We encourage individuals of all levels and abilities to get involved – from first timers to professional athletes. This year, to mark our 10 year anniversary, we are encouraging participation – and some healthy competition – among colleagues in uniform,” said Jim O’Donovan, Race Director, Cork City Marathon.

“We want to see as many uniformed services as possible represented in the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon 2016. It’s all about team spirit, participation and that special sense of achievement. There will be also be awards for the winning individuals and teams” he added.

The 26.2 mile Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon course is internationally recognised, with certification from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).  One of the fastest courses in Ireland, the Cork Marathon has been praised for its inclusivity, with entry fee concessions for those who are unwaged and in receipt of benefit ensuring that young and old and those with varying ability are included in the marathon.

Commenting on behalf of the headline sponsor of Cork City Marathon, Karen O’Donoghue, Marketing Manager with the Irish Examiner said: “We are delighted to partner with Cork City Marathon again in 2016 for this special celebratory marathon on Bank Holiday Monday, 6 June.  We look forward to welcoming several thousand runners, spectators, volunteers and runners of all levels, speed and fitness.”

Entry forms and full details on the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon 2016 are available online at Early bird entry is available until 31 December 2015.

Pictures by photographer Darragh Kane (9 Dec 15)

About Cork City Marathon

Cork City Marathon was revived in 2007 after a break of 21 years. It reflected a growing interest or a rekindling of interest in road running that had peaked in the mid-1980s but had waned in the intervening years.

One of the innovations in the Cork City Marathon was the inclusion of a Team Relay challenge, with teams of between 2 and five members combining to cover the 26.2 mile distance. In 2013, a Youth Team Relay was introduced, providing an opportunity for young people between the ages of 16 and 18 to participate in what is one of the most challenging and rewarding sporting and personal achievements.

Eligible entrants for Battle of the Badges...Serving and/or Retired Uniformed Service Personnel, including but not confined to:
•         Airport Fire & Police
•         Ambulance Service
•         An Garda Síochána
•         Registered Nurses
•         Naval Service
•         Postal Service
•         Prison Service
•         Civil Defence
•         Coast Guard
•         Customs
•         Defence Forces
•         Fire Service


Anonymous said...

Still on a Monday so?

Anonymous said...

Silly stuff that it is still on a monday, if it can not be held on the sunday because of mass then why not move it to saturday instead. not only are people gonna get extra recovery time but more people will stay in the city more hotels booked more money for pubs restaurants etc better for everyone.
Also an option to have race number posted out like waterford marathon do would be a big plus

Anonymous said...

Sure Dublin have changed their marathon to Sunday for 2016 which has a bigger field of runners and is more of a logistical nightmare with it being the capital. Ridiculous, no forward thinking by the organisers.

Anonymous said...

fastest marathon my eye. move it to a sunday revamp the route and have it in april

Anonymous said...

Disappointing still on a Monday

Anonymous said...

All of the comments above just go to show the level on happiness with Monday fixture. The running community in Cork are delighted to have their own event and im sure will be out in force again this year to run in and support it.
The purpose of this article was to shine a light on the success of the event and its 10th Anniversary but the elephant in the room is the Monday thing.
Will somebody in City Hall please take note and do something about this..... Where are the voices of Cork chamber of commerce and local hotels/business owners?? Dublin moving to a Sunday to make life easier for all of us & to attract more overseas competitors, particularly from N.I and UK where there is no bank holiday.
You find yourself willing away your entire bank holiday weekend waiting for the Monday and have no time to celebrate your achievement afterwards, having to get up for work the next morning.
This is not a small time event, between the relay/half/full marathons there are thousands of people taking part and all supported by their families. Listen to what the vast majority are saying and move this to Sunday....Please!

Anonymous said...

Excellent post above...I don't believe there is a single person who would not prefer this race to be on Sunday. Why can't the first organisers listen to the people? In this day and age Mass is not a good enough reason to not run an event of this size on the Sunday

On top of that, the Cork marathon has remained static in the number of people running the full marathon. Is it a wonder? If Cork wants to continue to grow then the Organisers need to move this to a Sunday and make the course flatter