The Clonakilty Back2Back Marathons, running two marathons in a single weekend

October 11, 2012 06:08   Focus on a race Interview

mapHello, on February 16th 2013, you’ll be organizing the Clonakilty Back2Back Marathons. Can you tell us where it is located?

The Clonakilty Back2Back Marathons are held in Clonakilty (Irelands Tidiest Small Town 2012), West Cork, Ireland, starting at the Blue Flag beach of the Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa.

How old is the race and why was it created in the first place?

This is the inaugural running of this event. It was born out of love and madness, and our passion for testing our abilities to endure long and ever changing distance runs.

What kind of route have you set up for the runners? How would you describe it?

They say every picture tells a thousand words. The beauty of this run is best told by you as you run it, to explain its wonder is best said through your words as its beauty is seen through your eyes, on your day!! It is a challenging course with plenty of Irish rolling hills, most of which run alongside the Celtic Sea.

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How many runners do you expect on Saturday morning? What type of runners do you plan to attract?

For an inaugural event it is hard to tell. We hope to get a good field of around 250 strong runners.

Do you organize other races during the Weekend? If so, on what distances?

There are 2 Marathons, one on the Saturday and another on the following day.

At that time of the year, what kind of weather can we expect?

One thing you can be sure of about Irish weather is how little you can be sure of. Average temperature in February is Avg. High 7.5c, Avg. Low 2.5c

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Have you planned festivities around the marathon?

As the saying goes, the “crack” will be mighty. Clonakilty has wide variety of music pubs and lots of fantastic restaurants. One thing is for sure, everyone is made feel at home in Clonakilty.

The race finished, what advice would you give a runner who has never been to Clonakilty before? A good restaurant, a fancy sightseeing?

The area of Clonakilty and in particular West Cork has an abundance of things to do and see, both for the individual and for the family. There are listing on the town’s website,, of attractions and places to eat.

In a single sentence, what would you tell the readers of ahotu Marathons to make them register for the Clonakilty Back2Back Marathons?

A unique opportunity to truly “find yourself” and test your endurance.

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Interview with Bob Hilliard and Killian Walsh, founders of the Clonakilty Back2Back Marathons. Bob and Kilian are both from Clonakilty and between them, they have been involved in running for over 20 years.