Thousands ready and set to go at Cork City Marathon

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The marathon is now in its 13th year and up to 8,000 individuals are expected out on the course.

The Full Marathon, Team Relay and Youth Challenge start on St Patrick’s St at 8.30am. The Half Marathon starts on Albert Rd at 10.15am.

The Cork City Marathon is widely recognised for its inclusivity with countless personal stories behind many of the runners.

  • Wheelchair athlete Jerry Forde is due to complete his 450th marathon, David Crosby, who is living in Cavan, is a double lung transplant survivor, who will be met by members of his medical team
  • A team of visually impaired runners are raising money for the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.
  • Shane Delaney from Tipperary, who was left quadriplegic after breaking his neck in an accident in Australia six years ago, hopes to complete his first marathon tomorrow.
  • And Craig Sykes, 27, from Blarney, a member of the Irish Defence Forces, will run in his military uniform, carrying a 14kg bag to raise money for his cousin’s young child, Heidi Patterson, who was born last year with cerebral palsy.
  • The event is set to be the most environmentally friendly race to date – medals will not be individually wrapped in plastic; water-station bottles are made of 30% recycled plastic; and runners crossing the finish line will be offered water in reusable tumblers provided by

    Diversions and rolling road closures will be in place from 5.30am until around 6pm and the Black Ash park-and-ride bus will operate every 10 minutes from 7.30am to 7.15pm to the city.

    See the full list of road closures below:

    Thousands ready and set to go at Cork City Marathon

    – additional reporting from Eoin English

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