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Entries open for Belfast City Marathon

31 October 2017

Entries are already coming in for the 37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon which will be held on May Day Bank Holiday, 7th May 2018. The event was launched this morning (Wednesday 25th October) by David Seaton, Chairman of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Mary Peters Track, Belfast;

“Since its inception in 1982, the Deep River Rock Belfast City Marathon has grown in both numbers and appeal.  This annual May Day extravaganza now sees some 17,000 people take to the streets in and around Belfast in what is currently the biggest mass participation sporting event in Northern Ireland.  Whether you compete in the full marathon, run a relay leg, participate in the fun run or contest the relay event there is something on the menu to suit all athletic tastes.”

Assisting the Chairman with the launch at the Mary Peters Track, Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Sonia Copeland commented:
“37 years ago Belfast City Council took the decision to stage the first Belfast City Marathon and, over the intervening years, the event has gone from strength to strength. When other marathons fell by the wayside, Belfast continued to grow.  

Now, with the resurgence of interest in running – especially as a free and efficient way of getting and staying fit – we are benefitting from record entry numbers each and every year.

Belfast, quite rightly, is regarded as one of the world’s friendliest marathons, and runners from near and far are always encouraged by the warmth of the support they find in all four corners of our city.  Once again, I would urge the people of Belfast to turn out and support the runners on May Day – whether it be by offering a glass of water or a slice of fruit, or merely an encouraging word,” concluded Councillor Copeland.

In addition to the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon being the biggest single participatory sporting event in Northern Ireland, it is also one of the biggest fundraising events, with almost every runner or walker taking part to benefit charity.

Margaret Kelly, Director of Mencap Northern Ireland, said “We are delighted to be the official charity partner for the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon. 

You don’t have to be a champion runner to #MoveIt4Mencap on Marathon Day and anyone can get involved, whether that’s signing up a relay team or bringing the kids along to the Fun Run. No matter what the event, we encourage everyone to run, walk or wheel in aid of Mencap Northern Ireland and the 42,000 people in Northern Ireland with a learning disability.”

Margaret continued, “Funds raised will help develop our family support service, a new initiative that offers guidance for families when a child is diagnosed with a learning disability.  We have been able to support over 100 families so far by providing a bespoke parenting course that helps guide parents through the early days of parenting a baby or young child with a learning disability.

Next year your generosity will allow us to further develop these new services as well as supporting adults with a learning disability in employment and housing. We encourage everyone to #MoveIt4Mencap this year and we can’t wait to see everyone on Marathon Day!”  

The Chairman commented that the organisers are extremely grateful to Deep River Rock for their ongoing and generous sponsorship over the past 11 years and also to Belfast City Council for their support which has been continuous since the inaugural event some 37 years ago.  

Deep RiverRock’s Sponsorship Manager, Rob Crabbe said: "As Northern Ireland’s favourite water brand with its roots in Co. Antrim, Deep RiverRock is delighted to continue its long standing partnership with Belfast City Marathon in 2018.
With a shared vision to encourage more people to lead active and hydrated lifestyles, Deep RiverRock’s partnership with Belfast City Marathon is a perfect fit.

Deep RiverRock is proud to be associated with such a world class event that resonates so well with the local community and as a company we are honoured to have played a part in the success of what is now a key event in Northern Ireland’s sporting calendar. With a bigger range including flavoured water and our new Relax & Revive waters, we delighted to be able to provide hydration every step of the way! ”

Mr David Seaton concluded that “Following the success of our sister event, the Deep River Rock Belfast City Half Marathon urged everyone to take advantage of our "early bird" rates and join them on our entry list.  In addition, as a result of feedback from our participants that for the first time, and courtesy of Deep River Rock, each water station will provide bottles, as opposed to cups, of water to all competitors.  Hopefully this water will help sustain the competitors to the finish line at Ormeau Park where this year, with the help of sponsors and our Charity partner, there will be extra entertainment awaiting spectators, participants and family members.  Enjoy the day!”

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