Miles of smiles at fifth Waterfront Marathon

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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 runclon.ie, precisiontiming.net or active.com.

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