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'The worst part was seeing 17 miles and realising I've got another nine still to go'

By Cate McCurry

Published 03/05/2016

Runners make their way through the city centre
Runners make their way through the city centre
Louise James completes the marathon with Tommy McCallion
Louise James embracing Davitt Walsh
Belfast Telegraph news editor Jonny McCambridge
One of the wacky outfits on display
Robyn McKee at the end of the marathon
Dale Hooks ran for tragic Erin Bonar and to urge people to sign the organ donor register
Brendan Rodgers and his fiance Charlotte Searle

Ben Rigby, (29), Luton, Mencap: "The best moment was seeing all the young families out supporting us, and seeing the coast was amazing. The worst was seeing 17 miles and realising I've got another nine miles to go."

Richard Sharpe, (33), Newtownards, Cardiac Risk in the Young: "Worst moment was going up the Ormeau Road and facing the hill and the best was seeing my friends and family at a point near the end. I was glad to get it done. Unfortunately I lost my big brother to sudden adult death syndrome, so that's what we're doing it for."

Nicola Sharpe, (43), Ballyclare, lost her husband: "My best moment was starting off together and all the support throughout it, but one of the hills was a killer."

Paul McKibbon, (39), Annalong, Cancer Focus: "The best moment was coming over the finish line and the worst was at 21 miles whenever the wheels came off but I'm not too bad now, I'm looking forward to a drink."

Philip Cairnduff, (29), Dundonald, Royal Victoria Hospital Liver Support Group: "I received a liver in 2004 and this is the first marathon I have run. I've competed in the British Transplant games. The best was getting to about 12 or 13 miles and realising I still had enough left to do it, the worst was coming along the Ormeau Road as it was the toughest."

Stephen Holmes, (44), Wolverhampton, Parkinson's UK: "The worst was at 24 miles when I got the cramp, but it was the second marathon this week as I did London last week. The best was crossing the finishing line."

Zara Tracey, (24), Belleek, Fermanagh, Simon Community for Carson McDowell solicitors: "The worst is definitely the third mile and the best was finishing. The support along the way has been brilliant and the weather has been perfect."

Lorcan O'Connor, (21), north Belfast, Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke: "The best moment was up in the west with everyone cheering and the worst was coming around Ormeau Embankment - it's a killer."

Matthew O'Hare, (22), Belfast, Children's Heartbeat Trust: "I loved the last stretch of the run and just knowing it was nearly over and that I could do it was fantastic, it's hard to pick the worst moment as I tried and got through them all."

Peter McGoldrick, (24), Maralin, Cancer Fund for Children: "The worst was after Gideons Green and starting back along the coast shore about 17 miles in with the wind coming back at you, I think I've a blister on my toe from then too. The best was the turn in the road at the top of Ravenhill Road as I knew I didn't have far to go."

Robyn McKee, (21), Dromore, Buddy Bear's Trust: "I loved crossing the line but the worst was at the 24th mile when I really struggled but I was running for such a good cause so that's what kept me going."

Emanuel Strong, (54), Ballymurphy: "I'm running for my nephew, Aaron who passed away a few days ago. It's his birthday today and he's getting buried tomorrow. My family really pushed me on to do it. Parts of it were tough but I am so glad I did it. The last six miles I really struggled but it was brilliant and I'm so happy I did it. It's been a terrible eight days for us. Just thinking about Aaron during the race kept me going but we have to go on and get on with it and make sure this doesn't happen to another family."

Nuala Muldoon, (37), Newtownabbey, Action on Hearing Loss: "I struggled from the beginning. It was a lot warmer than I thought so I got really dehydrated and could have done with more water. I loved crossing the line and you always find that bit more energy to get there."

Joanne McCarthy, (31), Glengormley, Breast Cancer Aware: "The worst moment was from Gideons Green but the best was of course, the finishing line. The atmosphere is fantastic and the support from everyone has been immense, it gives you that extra budge."

Brian Armstrong, (43), Derry: "I am standing in for my brother who was too ill to run. The charity is in memory of Mary Beggs who died when she was two years old. It was an OK run, not too many bad moments thankfully."

Roz Bell, (33), Saintfield: "I'm also running in memory of Mary Beggs. The worst was running uphill and the best was coming back down the hills."

Kerry McFerran, (45), Larne, Inflammatory Breast Cancer: "I enjoyed it all but I particularly loved finishing the race."

Ann McFelland, (43), Belfast, Inflammatory Breast Cancer: "I think starting the race was the worst bit, it was the apprehension of the event. It was our first relay but I really enjoyed it all after that."

Kieran Kelly, (16), Carryduff, Support Organ Donation: "The best was the last couple of miles and the worst was starting off and not knowing what to expect."

Tracey Sharvin, (39), Strangford, Team Julie: "We are running for Team Julie. Julie was my sister who died 10 years ago so we are running in her memory. All of it was tough, I only started running a few weeks ago but it was great to get it all done."

Andy Waters, (45), Poyntzpass, Cancer Research: "The worst was the start and the best was finishing, no doubt about it."

Stephen Lemon, (39) Dundonald, Cancer Focus: "I got a sore knee during the run but the best bit was the crowds cheering everyone on, especially the marathon runners as they need it the most."

Stephen Brown, (54), fireman, Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke: "It was hard taking on a few hills and running through the industrial estate, especially running in the fireman's kit which is very warm. But it was great to finish together."

Oisin McConville, (40), Crossmaglen, Northern Ireland Hospice: "I enjoyed it all because there's great support along the way. It's great to see all the different charities and the mix of people running. The worst was trying to hang in there and keeping up with the rest of the team."

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