The Cork City full and half marathons took place this morning. The marathon and relay started on St Patrick’s Street at 8:30 with the Half Marathon setting out on Albert Road at10:15.
Stephen Skillington took the long trip south to run the marathon in this event joining over 8,000 on the start lines. The organisers say it’s a fast flat course – north, south east and west of the city centre.
Stephen Skillington reached halfway in a steady 1:49. The second half was to be a tough experience as he crossed the finish line In 4:46.37.
He ran 1:33 in preparation in the Mullingar Half on St Patrick’s Day last.
Gary O’Hanlon (Clonliffe Harriers AC) won the marathon for second year ‘running’ in 2:21.43. Angela McCann (Clonmel AC) was first woman to cross the finish line In 3:02.54 – her third win in Cork marathon.
According to the organisers, the event was most environmentally friendly race to date – medals were not individually wrapped in plastic; water-station bottles were made of 30% recycled plastic; and runners crossing the finish line were offered water in reusable tumblers.
Mayo AC have had considerable success in Cork over the years. In 2011, TJ McHugh won the Half Marathon in a pb 72:51, while Catherine Conway was third woman home in 83:57. John Byrne was sixth in the marathon in 2:33. In 2015, Norah Newcombe won the women’s half in 82:00 (81:12 chip).
Reminder of two Ballyhaunis events: on Bank Holiday Monday June 3, the Run West Ballyhaunis 10 mile at 11.00am – a Club League race for Mayo AC members, and on Tuesday June 4 the third race in Mayo AC Summer 5k Series is at 8pm. Both events have their HQ at the Rugby Club.