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Belfast City Marathon

Sunday 5th May 2019
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Translink is advising passengers to expect bus service suspensions, diversions and delays across Belfast on Sunday 5th May 2019 due to road closures in place for the Belfast City Marathon.

This will affect Glider, Metro and Ulsterbus/Goldline services operating in Belfast from early morning, until the marathon concludes. Services will resume on a phased basis as roads re-open.

NI Railways will operate extra morning services from Coleraine (0620), Larne (0651), Newry (0640) Portadown (0710) and Bangor (0715) (serving main stops) to Belfast, in addition to Sunday timetabled services. Passengers are advised to travel into Belfast by train where possible on race day. 

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Belfast will host the 38th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon on Sunday 5th May with Translink as the official transport partner. Also available for entering are the Wheelchair Race, Relay Event, Fun Run and 8 mile walk.

The route has been fully refreshed to be flatter and faster than before. The Belfast City Marathon event is renowned for the incredible local support and crowds to cheer you on throughout your 26.2 miles!

We are delighted to confirm some exciting changes for our Fun Run event on Sunday 5th May 2019. For the first time ever, all Fun Run finishers will be awarded a medal, in addition to a finisher t-shirt and goodie bag. The event will start and finish at Ormeau Park and the flat route will be approximately 2.5 miles long.

As part of this exciting opportunity
New this year also is the opportunity for your pupils to design a 2019 Fun Run Design which will be displayed on our Big Screen at the finish area in Ormeau Park, with a potential viewing audience of over 40,000 runners and spectators.
To qualify for consideration, the artwork must feature;
  1. Hashtag “#ChooseBelfast”
  2. Runners and Landmarks of Belfast
  3. Translink Bus, Tayto Crisps, Bottles of water
  4. Elements of fun and enjoyment
  5. 2019
  6. Strapline from Better “More people, more active, more often”
  7. A4 LANDSCAPE Page in Colour
So, could one of your pupils be the next budding artist??
Once all designs have been received, a panel will select three creatives to put forward for nomination of the best design. These designs will be shared on our Facebook page and partner site Belfast Live for the public to vote on their favourite from 30th January 2019. The winning design will be kept secret and announced on our Facebook Page week commencing 11th February 2019.
What will the winner receive?
1st Place prize:
FREE class trip to Tayto Castle (sponsored by Tayto) with Translink sponsoring their transport for 30 people*
Family swim passes for class of 30 pupils*, sponsored by Better Olympia Leisure Centre and Spa (30 x passes in total)
The design winner of 1st place will have the opportunity to assist with starting the Fun Run on Sunday 5th May and five free Fun Run Entries
*Terms and conditions apply
2nd and 3rd place prize:
Both runners up will receive five free Fun Run entries each and Tayto for their class
The final deadline for entries is Friday 25th January 2019.
We hope this is something that you will consider and inform your staff, pupils and parents about, as it is a wonderful opportunity for your school.

If you require more information, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]


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Run for Cancer Focus NI
Should you wish to participate in any aspect of the RiverRock Belfast City Marathon please consider running in aid of our charity partner, Cancer Focus NI. Please contact Louise Greer, Corporate Fundraising Officer, [email protected] for information on how you can fundraise for them.
Sadly cancer remains a significant issue in Northern Ireland:
1 in 2 will develop cancer in their lifetime. 82,200 families are living with cancer in Northern Ireland
Every year in Northern Ireland around 12,000 local people get the news that they have cancer. Thankfully two thirds survive but, sadly, we still lose more than 4,000 loved ones every year.
The good news is that up to 50% of cancers can be prevented if you maintain a healthy lifestyle, have regular checks and use screening services.

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