Greg to make a marathon effort for his daughter Abby

Greg to make a marathon effort for his daughter Abby

Greg MacCurtain, his wife Heidi, son Tomas and daughter Abby. Greg will be running the Cork City Marathon in June 2017.

A grandnephew of one of Cork's most famous Lord Mayors, Tomás McCurtain, will travel all the way from Boston to run the Cork City Marathon with his six-year-old daughter on Sunday.

Firefighter Greg MacCurtain will cover the 26.2 miles of his first ever marathon with his daughter Abby in a running chair.

Abby is battling Leigh’s Disease, which is a rare inherited neurometabolic disorder that affects the central nervous system.

Also this year, Cork man John Mullee will need to the force to be with him when he attempts to break a Guinness World Record by completing the marathon in the fastest time ever by a person dressed as a Star Wars character. He will run the course dressed in full Stormtrooper gear to raise funds for Cork Arc Cancer Support.

Race director Jim O'Donovan says this year's race is set to be one of the biggest ever.

“The marathon team and I are thrilled with the number of seasoned and first-time participants who have registered for this year’s Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay, Inter-Services Championships and Youth Challenge,” he said.

Greg MacCurtain from Boston pictured with a portrait of his great great grand uncle Tomas MaCurtain during his recent visit to City Hall. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Greg MacCurtain from Boston pictured with a portrait of his great great grand uncle Tomas MaCurtain during his recent visit to City Hall. Picture: Howard Crowdy

As always, I trust the Cork people will show their support with loud cheering voices along the route. Lastly, I would like to thank our over 500 volunteers located around the course, from race stewards and officials to water-station staff and medical responders, who work tirelessly to make this event a success. The Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon would not be possible without their continued generosity,” he added.our over 500 volunteers located around the course, from race stewards and officials to water-station staff and medical responders, who work tirelessly to make this event a success. The Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon would not be possible without their continued generosity,” he added.

Due to the change in race date, modifications were made to the course this year in an effort to reduce disruption, in particular to church goers.

The scale of the event and route means there will be some disruption to traffic from 6am to 6pm on Sunday, as a result of a number of streets and roads being closed to facilitate and celebrate this race.6pm on Sunday, as a result of a number of streets and roads being closed to facilitate and celebrate this race.6am to 6pm on Sunday, as a result of a number of streets and roads being closed to facilitate and celebrate this race.

Those travelling in and around Cork city on race day are advised to leave extra time for their journey and plan their route. Delays are particularly expected on areas around Wilton Road and Western Road from 9am to 3pm.3pm.9am to 3pm.

The South Ring Road (N40) is the main route to divert around the City. The Jack Lynch Tunnel will be open all day but with lane restrictions between time 8am and 1pm. Access to the city centre is via the South City Link which will be open all day with lane restrictions from 8am to 1.30 pm.8am to 1.30 pm.1pm. Access to the city centre is via the South City Link which will be open all day with lane restrictions from 8am to 1.30 pm.8am and 1pm. Access to the city centre is via the South City Link which will be open all day with lane restrictions from 8am to 1.30 pm.

Participants and spectators are being asked to park cars at the Black Ash Park and Ride and avail of the bus service which will operate every 10 minutes from 7.30am to 7.15pm into the city centre. A full list of road closures and restrictions are available at www.corkcitymarathon.ie.

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