Inspiring stories from the Cork City Marathon

Inspiring stories from the Cork City Marathon
Jerry Forde who is completing his 450th marathon at the 13th annual Cork City Marathon. Pic DARRAGH KANE

A WHEELCHAIR athlete completed his 450th marathon yesterday in Cork - one of the many inspiring stories from the 8,000 competitors.

Pictured are runners from A+ Fitness CobhPicture: Jim Coughlan.
Pictured are runners from A+ Fitness CobhPicture: Jim Coughlan.

Jerry Forde from Blarney crossed the finish line of the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon with a time of 4:42:58 and is already looking forward to his next marathon in Wexford next Sunday.

Mother and daughter Louise and Joanne Travers from Rochestown embrace after finishing the 13th annual Cork City Marathon. Pic DARRAGH KANE
Mother and daughter Louise and Joanne Travers from Rochestown embrace after finishing the 13th annual Cork City Marathon. Pic DARRAGH KANE

Jerry was born with Spina Bifida and developed a love for racing while in hospital as a child.

Speaking in relation to the momentous day for him, a relaxed Jerry said: “I’m feeling grand. I would say to people get out and just do it; there’s no point in sitting at home doing nothing, that’s bad for the mind and body. It’s enjoyable and the craic is good!”

Pictured is, Elaine O'Driscoll, Aherla, with Linda Hawes, Trish Lyons and Oonagh Buckley, all Ballincollig, at the start of the Half Marathon on Albert Road, one of the four race categories in the 2019 Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon. 
Pictured is, Elaine O'Driscoll, Aherla, with Linda Hawes, Trish Lyons and Oonagh Buckley, all Ballincollig, at the start of the Half Marathon on Albert Road, one of the four race categories in the 2019 Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon. 

The overall winner of the marathon was Gerry O'Hanlon from Clonliffe Harriers, who also won last year.

His time yesterday was 2:21:43.

The second place went to Corkman Tim O'Donoghue, East Cork AC. 

Pictured are, Lukas Mirtschink, City Centre and Valerie Collins, Ballincollig
Pictured are, Lukas Mirtschink, City Centre and Valerie Collins, Ballincollig

Also taking part yesterday were eight visually impaired runners, each of who ran with a guide. They ran to raise funds for the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Glasheen woman Mary Murphy took part in her 200th marathon yesterday at the age of 60 years.

Another ‘marathon man’ who hit his 840th marathon was Dave Brady, aged 68, from Dublin.

Bríd O'Connell, Pamela Noonan, Deirdre Foley, Shirley Rodgers and Eileen Looney, Bweeng at the 13th annual Cork City Marathon. Pic DARRAGH KANE
Bríd O'Connell, Pamela Noonan, Deirdre Foley, Shirley Rodgers and Eileen Looney, Bweeng at the 13th annual Cork City Marathon. Pic DARRAGH KANE

More than 8,000 athletes took part in the event.

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