Belfast City Marathon 2017: Results, pictures and video
Sea of colour sweeps through the city in May Day marathon
Superheroes, sunburn and sore feet were the order of the day as over 15,000 people pounded Belfast's streets for the 36th Belfast City Marathon.
Amid glorious sunshine, a sea of colourful competitors swept through the city, creating a carnival atmosphere on the May Day Bank Holiday.
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Soaring temperatures only seemed to encourage the spirits of the determined runners, who were cheered to the finish line by crowds lining the route.
First to triumph in the men's race was Kenyan Bernard Rotich, who crossed the line in just 2:16:04, beating his countrymen Daniel Tanui and Emmanuel Kiprotich.
Home turf proved to be a lucky charm for Kilkeel mum-of-four Laura Graham, who won the women's race in a personal best time of 2:41:47.
"I can't believe I've done it," Laura told the Belfast Telegraph, after spraying champagne from the top of the winner's podium in Ormeau Park.
"I ran the London Marathon last week and I didn't expect to be number one in Belfast this week! It feels good, but weird!"
Donegal man Karol Doherty (36), who came first in the wheelchair race, said that training for marathons had been a crucial element of his recovery after losing both legs in a car accident in 2004.
"I was always into marathons before and a key part of my recovery was getting into wheelchair racing and marathons," added the car mechanic.
"I've done 24 marathons now. Competing has helped me get over the impact of the accident, to keep my head and recover mentally."
In addition to those seeking to set personal bests and achieve podium places, thousands of pounds were raised for worthy causes.
Glengormley woman Terri Broadhurst, in costume as Batgirl, proved to be a real-life superhero for her four-year-old nephew Max Thompson.
The youngster, who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, was cheered by the crowd as his caped crusader aunt pushed him over the finish line.
"Max is only four, but he's already in a wheelchair as this is a genetic muscle-wasting condition which will deteriorate," Terri explained.
"He loves superheroes and his favourite is Batgirl, so I dressed up as her today and came along with my daughters, Sophie (6) and Morgan (10).
"I wanted to push him over the finish line last year, but I didn't get the chance to, then today I saw him in the crowd with his parents and I knew I had to go for it.
"Everyone cheered us on as we crossed the finish line and he thought he was a wee champion.
"He is such a happy wee boy, a real fighter despite his illness, and a wee superhero to me.
"This year we have raised about £1,000 so far by taking part in the marathon and I would do it again."
For brothers Gary and Mark Kinney, the marathon was a way of saying thank you to the NI Hospice, which cared for their late father, Charles, who passed away after suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
"I'm wearing my Dad's wedding ring today in his memory and I feel he was watching over us during the race," Mark explained.
"The hospice made Dad comfortable in his last days and reassured us as a family, so this is our way of thanking them."
Running for wife diagnosed with a brain tumour
Running in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity was Gavin Creech, whose partner, Heather, from Belfast, has a brain tumour.
"Heather was diagnosed with glioblastoma in 2014 and I'm moving to Finaghy from Northampton to be with her," Gavin explained. "We hadn't heard about brain tumours until she had a seizure at 32. Brain tumours are one of the most common cancers for people aged 35-40. She has had surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She's set a challenge of 26.2 marathons to raise funds for The Brain Tumour charity."
Suicide victims' families step out in support of PIPS
The families of two men who lost their lives to suicide, Tiarnán Bassett and Robert McMaster, took part in the eight mile Marathon Walk to raise funds for Public Initiative for Prevention of Suicide and Self Harm (PIPS) charity.
Tiarnán's mum Shauneen said: "PIPS have really helped our family, they are always there for us.
"They aren't government funded so they need our support.
"Tiarnán was just 20 when he died and he was definitely looking down on us today."
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