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The Mercy Hospital Foundation is raising funds for the Mercy University Hospital to purchase state-of-the-art equipment, to enhance and develop services and to help Hospital staff in providing a world-class service in a world-class hospital. You can see the different ways your help has supported the Hospital last year here.

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Cork City Virtual Marathon 2021

Sunday, 6th of June 2021

Join Team Mercy for the Cork City Marathon this year and help us to support advancements in research, diagnosis, treatments and care of patients at Mercy University Hospital. Now, more than ever, your support is vital. Please come on board and run the Cork City Marathon for the Mercy, the People’s Hospital.

Interested in taking part? You have a number of options:

  • Full Marathon – 26.2 miles
  • Half Marathon – 13.1 miles
  • Team Relay  a great option for runners, joggers and walkers of all levels who want to take part in the Cork City Marathon in groups of upto 5.


How to join #TeamMercy? 

To join #TeamMercy this year for the Cork City Marathon, click the button below. It will bring you to the Facebook group where others just like you will be there so we can all do this together. Once in the group you will be able to find all the links to register for #TeamMercy 


Why join Team Mercy?

Tim Marshall is running the Cork City Marathon this year in aid of the Cancer Appeal in the Mercy University Hospital Foundation in memory of his dad, John Marshall AKA ‘The Sheriff’ who passed away in November 2020 at the age of 63 after spending 5 months under the care of the Mercy Hospital for his Cancer Diagnosis, and raise vital funds for the Cancer Services in the Mercy Hospital

“My dad was the glue that keep our family so strong. An absolute gentleman who loved the crack. Enhanced anyones life that he touched. My sisters and I were always proud to call him dad. A wonderful father and an amazing husband”

Since his dad passed away, Timmy struggled to come with dealing with his death so he decided to take on the 300,000 steps in February challenge for the Mercy in his memory and found it a great way to help clear his head. After smashing the steps challenge Timmy is now in training to take on the Full Cork City Marathon this year, this is Tims Story below

“Nobody ever thinks that cancer is going to come knocking at their door. It arrived at ours in June 2020 when my dad who is my hero and my best friend was diagnosed with liver cancer. Our world was completely turned upside down.


After undergoing tests for shading on his liver, my dad was sent to see his doctor in The Mercy Hospital with my mam and sisters, who went along for support. I was at work when I got the phone call hoping to hear that all is OK. I knew by the tone in my mam’s voice it wasn’t good. She went on to tell me the devastating news that dad had 3-6 months to live.


After this, my Dad went through six intense weeks of chemotherapy and even after being told that the treatment was not working, dad stayed so strong and positive. At that stage he still walked every day and kept himself busy. To look at my dad then you would have said he never looked healthier, he exercised every day in the park with my mam. You would never see one without the other. They were soulmates. My mam always said ‘how thankful she was to have spent most of her life with such an amazing man’


Throughout his 5 months illness we celebrated our last father’s day, his last birthday , his grandkids birthdays, a confirmation and my mam’s birthday.


Our wonderful dad sadly passed away on November 7th, 2020 surrounded by his loving wife and son and 2 daughters. He is so missed by myself, my 2 sisters, his 9 grandchildren and our mam – his partner in crime for an incredible 45 years. We are so grateful for the care he received at the Mercy Hospital and if my story can help raise money for anyone else affected by cancer, I am glad to share it. I know it will make my mam extremely proud but also make my dad extremely proud”

How does it work? 

  • Complete the marathon distance of your choice in your own time, in one run or over multiple outings between now and the June Bank Holiday Weekend.
  • Submit your Strava, Garmin, GPS, pedometer, treadmill evidence or written running diary at the end following the instructions Cork City Marathon give you on registration.

Get support behind you

Why not set up your own iDonate page, Facebook Fundraiser or JustGiving and encourage friends and family (near and far) to show their support by donating on your sponsorship page. It’s easy to set up your own sponsorship page, see how it’s done here.  

Registration Fee

Full list of Registration Fees is available on the Cork City Marathon website. Click here to view.

For further information, please email Caitriona on caitriona@mercyhospitalfoundation.ie