New looped course for Clonakilty marathon


Posted on: 6th October, 2014

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

The Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon V takes place on December 6 this year with a new start/finish line, a new looped course and a new start time of 8.30am sharp.

One of the event’s main sponsors since year one, The Quality Hotel will yet again kindly open its doors to all its facilities and inviting all runners/walkers to free use of their showers, saunas and swimming pool (please bring your own towel and toiletries).

Hot food and beverages will be available in the Quality Hotel all day, so make sure to bring family and friends to the finish line to celebrate and capture your special moment at the photo walls. Photographs will be available to down load from the facebook page afterwards, as a momento of your special marathon day.

Consider stopping over for lunch and some Christmas mulled wine to start your Christmas celebrations. Or sample the world famous Clonakilty Black pudding cooked especially for you by the marathon’s proud sponsor and owner of the Clonakilty Black pudding world brand, present mayor of Clonakilty town, Colette Twomey, who will be there on the day with her crew.

This year’s new route will start at the Quality Hotel and travel out towards the causeways on to the beautiful island of Inchydoney, where local residents and the Inchydoney Lodge and Spa Resort have kindly allowed marathon organisers to close the roads for your comfort and safety until 11am. The race will be fully marshalled throughout the day.

The island loop will give runners/walkers spectacular views of this West Cork coastline and her blue flag beaches, along with the ever present gentle sloping hills to test your resolve.

This looped course ensures you are never far from home, so if it’s your first race, you will always have this mental comfort — knowing all three races are travelling in the one direction, or if its a PB you are chasing, then this is a course that it’s possible to achieve it on.

The Clonakilty medal this year recognises Boston born Americans of Irish descent. The 35th US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 51 years ago on November 22, 1963 and both his great grandparents were born in West Cork.

Ironically Rick and Dick Hoyt, known worldwide as Team Hoyt, were awarded the annual JFK award on Patrick’s weekend in March of this year for ‘Excellence shown in their chosen field’. Goggle ‘Team Hoyt’ to be inspired by two incredible human beings.

This year’s marathon has again three races — 10k, half and full marathon distance sanctioned under AAI rules.

Clonakilty is the place to be on December 6 to be in shape for the festive season and ring in the New Year with a positive outlook. So get your running or walking shoes on, put some miles in your legs and make sure to pack your Christmas outfit for race day and your Christmas Jumper for the celebrations and party in Clonakilty town afterwards.

When you work hard to achieve your goal on crossing the finish line, it’s important to celebrate the moment and no better place than Clonakilty.

The Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon Crew looks forward to welcoming you all to West Cork, the Rebel County.

If you would like to run for charity please consider Rapid Response, Special Olympics and The Children’s Medical and Research Foundation ( CMRF) or any charities of your choice.

Please go to for information.

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