Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Marathon will be bigger and better

Organisers of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, which gets under starters’ orders next May Day Bank Holiday, Monday May 7 are gearing up for yet another huge event.

Having broken records for the number of participants this year, entries are already flooding in for the 2012 race.

“This year was a record-breaking one for us in every way — but we’re not resting on our laurels,” said Danny O’Connor, chairman of the marathon’s organising committee.

“We’re determined to build upon the huge success of our 30th birthday event to make 2012 even bigger and better. After all, it is the year of the London Olympics, so what better way to get into the Olympic spirit by taking part in the Belfast Marathon.

“In the past six years, we have more than doubled the number of people taking part, resulting in a record-breaking 20,000 people who took part in the marathon and its associated events last year.”

Belfast Mayor, Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile, launched the 2012 event yesterday and spoke of the progress that has been made since the marathon was introduced in Belfast 30 years ago.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is also sponsored by Belfast City Council, the Donnelly Group, Sport Northern Ireland, Tayto, Translink and Up and Running. Official accommodation partner is Premier Inn.

For further information, including online entry, training tips and much more, log on to www.belfastcitymarathon.com

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