The event organisers of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon are delighted to OPEN entries for the 2018 event which takes place on Sunday 23rd September. Launched this morning, the largest half marathon in Northern Ireland is gearing up to be the biggest year yet, with over 4,000 entrants expected to take part.
The event is an extension of the hugely popular May Day Bank Holiday Marathon which will celebrate its 37th Year on Monday 7th May 2018 and we are pleased to confirm that Mencap will again be the Official Nominated Charity.
David Seaton MBE, Chairman of the Belfast City Marathon organising committee, commented:
“As we approach the sixth year running for the Belfast City Half Marathon I would like to thank our principal sponsor, Deep RiverRock, for their ongoing interest and support for this eagerly awaited annual event.
The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon has proved popular with competitors, sponsors and organisers alike and is regarded by the local athletics fraternity as one of the main fixtures on the Northern Ireland road running calendar.
Coming as it does in the middle of September it is an ideal preparation race for those undertaking an autumn marathon, particularly the Dublin event scheduled for late October. I hope all those competing on Sunday 23rd September have an enjoyable and rewarding day as they take in many well-known areas of our capital city,” David remarked.
“Everyone can sign up on our website www.belfastcitymarathon.com.”
Jade Gallagher, Sponsorship Manager with Deep RiverRock said; “As Northern Ireland’s favourite water brand with its roots in Tullynacross, Co. Antrim, Deep RiverRock is delighted to continue its long standing partnership with Belfast City Marathon for their secondary event; the Half Marathon in September 2018.
“With a shared vision to encourage more people to lead active and hydrated lifestyles, Deep RiverRock’s partnership with Belfast City Half 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.”
Seán Conlon, Events and Community Fundraising Manager, highlighted, “We are absolutely delighted to work with Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon for the final event of our three year partnership. Since 2016, Mencap have been the charity partner for the full and half marathon events, raising vital funds to help people living with a learning disability right here in Northern Ireland.
Mencap would like to thank the organisers, sponsors and supporters of the Belfast City Marathon for an incredible two years and we want to finish our partnership at this year’s Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon on a high.
Funds raised through this partnership help Mencap to deliver vital employment services supporting adults into employment, gaining work experience and find a job for the first time. Our housing service helps people to live independently, giving them choice on how they live their lives and our new family support service will help parents get the support they need to give their children the best start in life.
Local comedian Colin Murphy is an ambassador for Mencap and has just confirmed he will be taking on the 13.1 miles challenge in September, his first ever half marathon! Colin would love you to join him on 23rd September!
Entries are NOW OPEN at www.belfastcitymarathon.com and details of the 2018 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon route can be found here also. The popular route remains the same as last year.
The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon is sponsored by Athletics Northern Ireland, Daily Mirror, Belfast City Council, Intersport, Translink, Daily Mirror, ASICS, Centra, Belfast Live and U105. Sampling partners are Musgrave Retailers, Deep RiverRock, Linwoods, Tayto and White Oats. This year’s official charity is Mencap.