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In Pictures: Deep RiverRock Belfast half marathon 2014

By Cate McCurry

Perfect weather conditions saw thousands pound the streets of Belfast yesterday as runners sweated and panted their way to the bitter end of the city's second half marathon.

Despite a minor setback to the start after a collision delayed proceedings by an hour, 4,000 runners made the gruelling 13.1 mile journey around the city centre.

Men, women and children started the race just after 10am from the King's Hall Pavilion and with sheer determination made their way along the flat course which included the Lisburn Road, city centre and the Titanic Quarter before runners returned via the Albert Clock and Botanic Gardens.

While the official nominated charity for this year's Deep RiverRock sponsored half marathon was CLIC Sargent Northern Ireland – which helps care and support children and young people with cancer– dozens of other charities were also represented.

The first runner to cross the line was Kenya's Freddy Sittuk who completed the race in one hour, seven minutes and 33 seconds, he also came first in this year's full marathon.

Gladys Ganiel of North Belfast Harriers claimed the ladies' title in a time of one hour, 19 minutes and 18 seconds. Among those taking part was former Belfast mayor Mairtin O Muilleoir who completed the race in a time of one hour and 44 minutes.

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