Second successful year running for Back2bacK

Posted on: 6th March, 2014

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

Following on from a very successful Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon IV on December 7, 2013, even the floods could not deter the runners and walkers coming back for the Clonakilty Back2bacK II on February 15 and 16, 2014.

Four hundred runners and walkers braved the weather in Clonakilty to make the Back2bacK a very successful event with 200 runners and walkers attending the first day and 180 runners and walkers on the second day. An impressive 123 people completed marathons on both days — an increase of 32 per cent from last year.

Andrzej Fiedorek won the two-day event. The female winner was Caroline Kelly. Individual day results are available from the website.

Visitors came from as far as Brazil, Belgium, Philippines, Poland, UK, Northern Ireland, Spain, Australia and also participants from The 100 Marathon Club in France.

Even the weather could not deter the running of the event with over 400 metres of floodwater at Long Strand. Local West Cork legend, Tossy Hayes who has supported the marathon from day one, came to rescue following a phonecall from Bob Hilliard at 5:50am Saturday morning…He created a new business within an hour ‘The Tossy Hayes West Cork ferries’!

Not only does Tossy supply all the toilets, fencing and cranes for the event, but at a moment’s notice, without hesitation, Tossy and his crew and two vehicles arrived to transport runners and walkers so that they continue along the West Cork road on their way home.

All finished in style with smiles on both days and carried their unique experience of marathon running in the Rebel County home to their respective countries with hugs and promises of their return to the December 6, 2014 Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon V.

The next Waterfront Marathon event is The Keith Whyte Waterfront Ultra Marathon II, which promises to be a great event following on from the success of last year with two additional race distances. This year, there is the stunning 36-mile Ultra distance looped course around the Courtmacsherry bay, as well as a 18 mile half Ultra and a 10km race.

Keith Whyte is a National 100km Ultra Champion. He is hoping to compete this year in the 100km World Championship and will be coming down to race in Courtmacsherry, bringing with him an international field and hopefully many local running and walking legends in West Cork.

A special thank you as always from the marathon committee to the Clonakilty Crew who support and marshal all the runners and walkers, Clonakilty Town Council and County Council, Gardai and Red Cross and Rapid Response along with Sophie Ridley Risk Assessment and the town of Clonakilty and surrounding area for which without their community’s support, these events could not take place

www.clonakiltyback2backmarathons.ie, www.clonakiltywaterfrontmarathon.ie. Email: info@runclon.ie

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