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Home favourites Cillian O'Leary and Nollaig Hunter shine at rainy Cork City Marathon

The race began at 9am this morning, with over 7,000 people turning up for the event.

THE CORK CITY Marathon has been won by Corkman Cillian O’Leary in a time of two hours, 30 minutes and 41 seconds.

The race began at 9am this morning, with over 7,000 people turning up for the event. As well as the feature race, there is a half marathon, an inter-services championships, a team relay and a youth challenge.

O’Leary, the winner of the 26.2 mile marathon, said the win was a special one for him.

“Delighted. I’m a Corkman living in Dublin but I grew up in Model Farm Road so I’m a Corkman through and through,” he said.

“I’ve been targeting this for the last year or so and it’s just brilliant to pull it off. I’m absolutely over the moon. Delighted.”

The first woman across the line was Nollaig Hunter, in a time of two hours, 57 minutes and 45 seconds. The Leevale Lads were the 2015 relay winners with a time of two hours, 22 minutes and two seconds.

The Women’s Mini Marathon is also taking place at Merrion Square, Dublin at 2pm this afternoon. Almost 40,000 are expected to walk, jog or run the 10km course.

There will be traffic restrictions in place around Dublin city centre from this morning until the early evening to facilitate the event. A full list of road closures can be found here.

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