In terms of Cork success in the event, Claire Gibbons-McCarthy (Leevale AC) was the headline maker as she crossed the line in front to win the Women’s half-marathon, her winning time, 01:16:52.
The men’s marathon was won by Gary O’Hanlon (Clonliffe Harriers) who broke the course record in great style. Last year’s National Marathon champion crossing the line in 02:21:10.
O’Brien said: “Very happy with that, more progress. There was a great group of us early. I ran with a polish lad, a fine runner and he was a great help. It’s great to see the profile of the race going up. Rest is next for me, spend some time with my wife and family. We will see what’s next after that."
Second was Cork man Killian O’Leary, a previous Cork City marathon winner, who is based in Dublin, he ran 01:09:20. Both Colin Merritt (St Finbarr’s) and Kevin O’Leary (East Cork) had great runs to finish fourth and fifth, posting times of 01:12:09 and 01:13:24.