About a month ago just after the Cork City Marathon, I put up a post about some of the statistics for the event. In the follow up discussion with the comments that were left, someone made the point that Cork City Marathon should be held on a Sunday instead of the Bank Holiday Monday. Someone also made a very valid point that it would be a lot better from a tourist point of view as well. The June Bank Holiday Monday is a working day in the UK. It would be a lot easier for say UK runners if they could fly in on the Saturday, run the Marathon on Sunday morning and then fly out in the evening.
The point was also made however that the city authorities were unlikely to allow a Sunday Marathon in Cork because of...
b) Less businesses open
c) Availability of Gardai and
d) Less Rugby/GAA/Soccer matches
In addition, Gardai Traffic Division would not sanction a Cork Marathon on Sundays for all of the above.
Just as an exercise to see how much interest there was in a Sunday Marathon, I put up a poll on the site for most of June.
I don't know if it will ever be changed but it certainly sends a very clear message.