Miles of smiles at fifth Waterfront Marathon

Posted on: 20th January, 2015

Category: Sport & Fitness

Contributor: West Cork People

The sun smiled down on the fifth Clonakilty Waterfront marathon with perfect running conditions greeting runners, walkers and wheelchair participants yet again on Saturday December 6, 2014.

With a new racecourse looped around the stunning Inchydoney Island, there was a warm welcome for all at the Start/Finish line at the Quality Hotel.

Convenient parking was kindly supplied by The Show Grounds.

All those who took part showed big hearts in their support for one another, as they high fived, hugged and called out support while passing on the causeways; no pacers were needed, as more runners and walkers got their PBs this year than ever before (Inchydoney hills and all) demonstrating the ethos of ‘positive encouragement produces positive results’.

It was a great day out for the whole family with many taking part in their first Marathon ever.

Irish descent and Boston born icons Team Hoyt and JFK were honoured on the medals to encourage and inspire all who took part in 2014.

People travelled from as far as Canary Islands, as part of the Nordic walking group, Brazil, Mexico, Philappines, USA, England, Russia, Italy, France, Scotland, Wales, Georgia, Moldova, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Holland, Austrailia, Japan, China, South Africa and many more including every county of Ireland.

Team Kerr from Lisburn in Northern Ireland, made up of Mum and Dad Sandra and David Kerr, pushed their wonderful son Aaron in their Team Hoyt wheelchair; it was their first race chair in Europe and first time in Clonakilty, but not their last, as they have already booked into The Quality Hotel for The Keith Whyte Waterfront Ultra Marathon III in Courtmacsherry on Saturday, July 25, 2015.

The 100 Marathon Club of Ireland brought many of their club members to Clon making history breaking Irish and English National Records for male/female most marathons ran in a calendar year with Brenda O’Keeffe running 72 and David Brady running over 104 marathons.

Both runners ran Friday morning in Clonakilty’s directors’ race, then drove to Dublin to run a second full 26.2 mile marathon that evening, then drove back to Clon in the early hours of Saturday morning in time for their third marathon in 24 hours!

Legend Wheelchair marathoner Jerry Forde pushed his way to B2B marathons on Friday and Saturday to hit the magic number of 300 marathons to date, another record broken by the local Blarney hero.

Clonakilty Road runners AC did West Cork proud with many PBs while also fitting in Marshall duties throughout the day. There was great support as always from The Rugby club, GAA, West Cork Rally, West Cork Tri club and many more without whom this event could not take place .

Local and County Council, Red Cross, Dr Tom Moloney Rapid response were all fantastic in their support, as was The Garda Siochana under the positive support and solid advice of SuperIntendant Colm O’Sullivan and Garda Jim O’Donogue and all their crew.

The response from all taking part has been largely positive since race day and the feedback on the welcome and support received while participants celebrated their achievements in Clonakilty on Saturday evening was wonderful to hear.

Clonakilty knows how to make runners, walkers and visitors feel loved and welcomed, the committee was told by many who are already making plans for a return in July for The Keith Whyte Waterfront Ultra marathon III in Courtmacsherry, which has five races on one day

“Well done Clonakilty” says the committee. “It’s wonderful to have so much support and with continued encouragement and innovative ideas on how to make people feel welcomed for the weekend and at an affordable cost, there is no reason why this event cannot grow in the future

“Thank you to all residents that live along the route who kindly drove slow and safe and allowed us to run with out incident, we sincerely appreciate your support and wish you and everyone a Healthy and Happy New Year for 2015”

Endless miles and smiles. From all The Clon Crew.

Registration is now open for The Keith Whyte Waterfront Ultra Marathon III Courtmacsherry on Saturday, July 25, with five races on one day — 10k, half marathon, full marathon, 36-mile and 100k Ultras.

Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon VI on December 5, 2015, three races — 10k, Half Marathon, Full Marathon. Register now through, or

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Wave to Mary! 65-year-old Mary Nolan Hickey is running around the entire coast of the Island of Ireland to raise funds & awareness for the RNLI and is currently running the roads of West Cork.

Mary is the only woman to have completed every single Dublin Marathon (all 38 of them). She’s also completed the grueling Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, known as the ‘toughest foot race on earth’.

To mark her 50th year involved in Athletics Mary is taking on her biggest challenge yet (even though she thought she’d already done that when completing the Dublin Marathon when she was over six months pregnant!) She wants to raise as much money as possible for the RNLI.

Mary started her epic journey in Arklow, Co. Wicklow, on New Year’s Day. She aims to cover up to 5000 kilometers, using coastal routes, over the next five months. She hopes to get back in time to get her first pension payment in June when she turns 66.

Mary will stop off at as many RNLI stations as possible, on her once in a lifetime adventure. As far as she knows no other woman has ever taken on this challenge.

Speaking about her journey Mary said:

“I wanted to prove that age not a barrier. Coming from a coastal town I have a deep affinity with our local RNLI station & volunteers and have huge admiration for the brave men and women who risk their lives to save lives at sea”.

Mary, who’s depending on the goodwill of communities along her route for accommodation, has been astounded by the response so far. “The support has been overwhelming,” she said. “I have met the most amazing and encouraging people along the way”.

To see more about Mary’s adventures, and to pinpoint her location today, check out her Facebook page - rnlilapofthemap2018.
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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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