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Marathon drove ahead on Leeside

Wednesday, 6th June, 2018 3:47pm

It was hot but that didn’t stop runners from taking part in this year’s Cork City Marathon.

Passing the 12 year mark, the marathon has grown form strength to strength with 8,500 athletes taking part this year.

Once again, the streets of the Cork course were lined with supporters and well wishers offer participants plenty of encouragement.

Kevin O’Leary Opel were the official car supplier for the event.

Director of the group, Kevin O’Leary said: “We are thrilled to be involved in the Cork City Marathon again this year. We have been involved with the marathon since its early beginnings and it is fantastic to see this event grow and mature over the years.

“The marathon is a highlight event for us here at Kevin O’Leary Opel. It’s great to be part of the biggest sports event ever to be held on the streets of Cork. It is such an inclusive event that brings so many people together from so many nationalities, we are delighted to play our part in this fantastic event.”

This year athletes came from 38 different countries and 73 different nationalities were represented in the race. There was a very special group of runners took part in this year’s marathon, the Sanctuary Runners. The group included refugees and asylum seekers from direct provision centers who ran as a team with local athletes from all around Cork.

This year’s event was won by Gary O’Hanlon from Clonliffe Harriers who set a new course record and the women’s event was won by Zola Flynn.

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