Een aardige marathon in 1 grote ronde. Na 6 uur loop tijd gaan de wegen weer open, maar mag je nog finishen. De winnaar liep in 2015 een tijd van 2.30 en de nummer laatst liep 6.44.
The Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon is an official 42.195km (26 miles and 385 yards) marathon course, and serves as a Boston qualifier.
As with all major city marathons, the challenge for the marathon course committee was to design a route that would maximise the runnersí experience while minimising the disruption to the public. We also wanted to make this truly a city marathon, by bringing the race to as much of the city as is possible.
There are a few immovable constraining factors: The options to the north of the River Lee are limited because of the steep hills. To the south, the potential course is restricted by the critical South Ring Road, which carries large amounts of traffic into or around the city centre. Despite these restrictions, the course committee designed a route that takes the runners north, east, south and west of the city centre.
The marathon and team relay begin and finish on the city centreís main street, St Patrickís Street.
The course makes a single circuit of the city centre before heading north for the historic suburb of Blackpool.‌
Returning along the northern quays of the River Lee, the runners pass the four-mile mark along the picturesque riverside scenery of the Lower Glanmire Road (N8).
The first relay changeover is at about 5.2 miles, at the junction of the Tivoli Dual Carriageway. The race runs along the inbound carriageway before entering the Jack Lynch Tunnel.
‌‌You must reach the Jack Lynch Tunnel by 11am to facilitate reopening later in the morning. This should allow ample time, even for walkers.
The 360m-tunnel beneath the River Lee links Dunkettle to Ringmahon, and the 2007 marathon was the first time that pedestrians had been allowed through it since shortly after it was opened in May 1999. Then, about 100,000 people walked through the tunnel over two days raising huge amounts of money for charity. This run through the Jack Lynch Tunnel brings the race into Mahon, via the South Ring Road (N25) and the Skehard Road.
‌‌After the relay changeover point on the Ringmahon Road, the race takes a right-hand turn onto Castle Road. Just short of Blackrock Castle, the course turns right onto the Lough Mahon waterfront walkway. This popular local amenity walk runs for a mile-and-a-half along the river estuary.
It joins the Rochestown to Blackrock section of the Old Passage West Railway Line just after the 13.1-mile mark. Steep tree-lined embankments guide the runners along the line of the old railway and onto the Marina.
The race runs along Centre Park Road to the third relay changeover on Victoria Road.
From here, it joins the cityís South Link Road (N27) for a short distance to run into Turnerís Cross.
The South Link Road will start reopening for traffic from 1pm so aim to be past this point by then. Again, this is ample time even at a moderate walking pace.
Through Ballyphehane and the Lough areas and onto Glasheen, the race heads along the Wilton Road, through Dennehyís Cross and onto the Model Farm Road (R608) and the final relay changeover at Kenley.
Thereís a short steep downhill immediately after the changeover, but the final four miles of the route are almost perfectly flat. At Inchigaggin Bridge the route takes a righthand turn onto The Orchards (Inchigaggin Lane) and a right turn again onto The Carrigrohane Road (N22).
At the start of the Western Road, the race turns left and right again, bringing the runners onto Mardyke Walk, passing the Universityís Mardyke Arena and FitzGeraldís Park.
At the Mardyke Bridge the course crosses onto Sli Cumann na mBan, onto the North Mall and along Popeís Quay. From Camden Quay youíll hear the cheering of spectators at the finish line.
‌Itís a short few hundred metres from there, over Entry Form IECCM 2016 Ė Early Birdand on to the wonderful finish on St Patrickís Street.
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