John O'Neill, Matty O'Connor, Claire Fox Connelly with Clara and Annabel, Anthony Connelly, Caoimhe Ní Fhlatharta, Brendan Crowlay and Aidan O'Connell.

The hugely popular East Cork Harbour Marathon held its official launch at Aghada GAA Club on Sunday 10 June. Registration for the event is to be held on Saturday, 11 August is now open with three possibly entry options, a 10km, half marathon (13.1 miles) or full marathon (26.2 miles) at www.eastcorkmarathon.com
Previous events in 2016 and 2107 were completely sold out, so entrants are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Race registration will close when entry levels are reached. Early bird rates will be available but only for a limited period of time. Participants in past years have rated the event as “fantastic”, “superbly organised” and praised the local community spirit and “feel-good factor” on the day.
Entry fee costs are as follows:
Marathon - €55
Half Marathon - €40
10K - €25
On the day itself, the finishing line area will be a hive of activity and fun from 10.30am. Obstacle courses and races will be set up for the children, while adults can relax and enjoy the music and delicious food that will on offer from some of the best culinary stalls, music
The marathon event is run altruistically by members of Aghada GAA club with the support of the Aghada Running Club. The fun-filled family event has raised over €24,500 for local community projects including the local Autism Unit in Aghada National School, development of the People’s Park, a contribution to the Aghada Tennis Club for renovations, and over €15,500 for Marymount Hospice.

Speaking with The East Cork Journal, Race Director Brendan Crowley said “We are delighted with the response already to this year’s event, which looks like it’s going to be a sell out again. None of this would be possible without our very generous sponsors and the fantastic volunteers. The day is a way to pay back the wonderful community here for their unhesitant, heartfelt aid in organising the event and making it the success that it is. It is all about community, and the event benefits everyone including participants, contributors, organisers and volunteers. We are extremely grateful to everyone who makes the day possible. We have added some special touches this year making it truly a family day for everyone. The Aghada pitch has plenty of scope for all that has been planned and we look forward to welcoming everyone”.

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