Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon
30 November 2019
Cheerful, brightly painted Clonakilty is a bustling market town which serves as a hub for the scores of beguiling little coastal villages that surround it. You'll find smart B&Bs, good restaurants and cosy pubs alive with music. Little waterways coursing through town add to the charm. Clonakilty is famous for two things: it's the birthplace of Irish Free State commander-in-chief Michael Collins, embodied in a large statue on the corner of Emmet Sq; and it's the home of the most famous black pudding in the country.With that being said, the Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon is the place to be!!WELCOME ! This race is all about fun and yes, there are gentle hills.. It is a stunning testing course with ocean views, get a PB in Clonakilty and you can proudly say you earned it ! Runners find they are in peak condition at the end of the running season and PB is achieved along with cool weather & great support.This end of season race in the award winning friendly town of Clonakilty is set for early December. There is plenty to do for all the family and an ideal time to do some Christmas shopping. Start time is planned for 9 am from The Quality hotel.Each year we design unique cast medals acknowledging inspirational people and their achievements in their fields.Look forward to see you back home in West Cork,Ireland ! :
Full MarathonRunners/ walkers turn left on leaving the hotel grounds and heads to roundabout by Maxol station and then run straight through Clonakilty town around Faxbridge roundabout ,passing Waterfront and out the stunning coastline of Inchydoney road and Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa, crossing the causeway to Springmount cross, left for Garranagolleen, taking a right for Hayes cross and straight for the picturesque village Rathbarry , through Castlefreak estate, up the hill for breathtaking views of Long strand and Galley head light house on your right, towards Red strand and take a left towards Ardfield , Dunmore road, passing Duneen strand and Dunmore house hotel , heading for Dunmore causeway.At end of causeway you take a left which will bring you back towards Clogheen village, Springmount cross and finally back to Quality hotel and finish line.The full marathon will finish at the hotel ground where your finishers medal and a big west cork welcome from the Clon crew, family and friends, a photo or two at the Clon photo walls awaits you.Half MarathonRunners/ walkers turn left on leaving the hotel grounds and head out towards Maxol rounabout and running straight through town to Faxbridge roundabout,passing the Waterfront following Inchydoney road to the causeway and turn right there. Head straight for Garranagoleen towards Ardfield, , Dunmore road, Duneen strand passing Dunmore hotel , back along Dunmore causeway , Springmount cross, Clogheen village , the Miles and turn right back towards the Quality hotel and finish line.The half marathon will finish in the hotel grounds where your finishers medal and a big west cork welcome from the Clon crew, awaits you family and friends
Race parking is allocated to The Showgrounds next to The Quality hotel on the N71 road. Please follow marshals directions and please allow plenty of time for travel and parking.
There is a bag drop facility at race start/finish at the Quality Hotel. Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon cannot accept responsibility for valuables taken from bags so please do not leave any valuables such as wallets, phones etc. in your bag.
Water will be supplied in 250ml sports cap bottles at approximately 3 mile intervals throughout each course . Energy stations for full marathon are at 11.5 miles in Rathbarry , 17 miles on Red Strand and 22 miles at Dunmore hotel ,with biscuits, jellies, coke, Nature Valley bar etc Please ,bring your own favourite energy gels of your choice.
Then it’s into the showers, sauna, maybe a swim in the pool complements of the quality Hotel, or a gentle rub down / massage from physical therapist Meadbh O’Leary and all her crew. Then it’s time to celebrate your achievement. :-)
Presentation of prizes is planned for approx 5 pm on Saturday 3rd December in Quality hotel, Clonakilty. In addition to prize cheques for 1 st , 2nd and 3rd in each race, we are proud to announce that Solgar Vitamins & minerals will also sponsor a prize for 1st and 2nd in each category.
Chip Timing is provided and will be which activated when you cross over the start and finish line. NO CHIP , NO TIME. Please do not cover your bib as the chip is attached to the top of it.