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Belfast City Marathon 2019: Results, pictures and video as record crowd take on new 'longer' route

Human error blamed for extended course

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - General view of the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - General view of the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Runners and spectators at Finaghy crossroads during the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Relay runners and walkers from Co Down raising funds for Tiny Life. Photo by Brian Little / Press Eye
Belfast City Marathon. Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye
5/5/19 PACEMAKER PRESS The Belfast Marathon leaves from Stormont and works its way through the city. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
5/5/19 PACEMAKER PRESS The Belfast Marathon leaves from Stormont and works its way through the city. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
5/5/19 PACEMAKER PRESS The Belfast Marathon leaves from Stormont and works its way through the city. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
5/5/19 PACEMAKER PRESS The Belfast Marathon leaves from Stormont and works its way through the city. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
5/5/19 PACEMAKER PRESS The Belfast Marathon leaves from Stormont and works its way through the city. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
5/5/19 PACEMAKER PRESS The Belfast Marathon leaves from Stormont and works its way through the city. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
5/5/19 PACEMAKER PRESS The Belfast Marathon leaves from Stormont and works its way through the city. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
5/5/19 PACEMAKER PRESS The Belfast Marathon leaves from Stormont and works its way through the city. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
5/5/19 PACEMAKER PRESS The Belfast Marathon leaves from Stormont and works its way through the city. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
5/5/19 PACEMAKER PRESS The Belfast Marathon leaves from Stormont and works its way through the city. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
5/5/19 PACEMAKER PRESS The Belfast Marathon leaves from Stormont and works its way through the city. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
5/5/19 PACEMAKER PRESS The Belfast Marathon leaves from Stormont and works its way through the city. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
5/5/19 PACEMAKER PRESS The Belfast Marathon leaves from Stormont and works its way through the city. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
5/5/19 PACEMAKER PRESS The Belfast Marathon leaves from Stormont and works its way through the city. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
5/5/19 PACEMAKER PRESS The Belfast Marathon leaves from Stormont and works its way through the city. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - Runners from the Michaela Foundation at the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - Runners at the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - Una McNeill and Mags Mathieson at the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - Darren McDowell, Gavin Dines, Richard Thompson and Keith Noble at the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - Orsolya Toth and Nicole Enache at the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - Ruth Lipsett and Kevin Crossley at the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - Runners from the Stroke Association at the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - Runners from the Michaela Foundation at the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - General view of the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - Angela Scanlon and Una McMahon-Beattie at the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - Experiment 26.2 Group at the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - Pacer volunteers at the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - Nadine and Neil Mercer at the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - Ben Scott and Ivan Stringer at the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - Siobhan Robinson, Ursula Warke, Carol Torrens, Mary McKendry and Adam Warke at the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - Alan Bailey, James Stinson and Patrick Jack at the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - Simon Ridgway and Jason Lythgoe at the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - Declan Skelton, Clarke Fennelly, Darren Scullion and David Millar at the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - Volunteers at the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - Kathryn Kavanagh, Shirley Currie, Lorraine and Suzanne Enfield at the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - General view of the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - General view of the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
5/5/19 PACEMAKER PRESS The Belfast Marathon leaves from Stormont and works its way through the city. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
5/5/19 PACEMAKER PRESS The Belfast Marathon leaves from Stormont and works its way through the city. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
5/5/19 PACEMAKER PRESS The Belfast Marathon leaves from Stormont and works its way through the city. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
5/5/19 PACEMAKER PRESS The Belfast Marathon leaves from Stormont and works its way through the city. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - General view of the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - General view of the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - General view of the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - General view of the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - General view of the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - General view of the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - General view of the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - General view of the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2019 - General view of the start of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon at the Stormont Estate, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

A record crowd of thousands took part in the first ever Belfast City Marathon to be held on a Sunday.

Organisers promised a flatter, faster route for the revised course, however, the lead car diverting off the official route meant runners did an extra 460 metres.

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Check out our marathon galleries: The Start, The Race, Fancy Dress, The Crowds and The Finish Line

Around 18,000 took part in the full marathon, the wheelchair race, team relay, walk and fun run for 2019's 38th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon

With 5,000 taking part in the full marathon organises said it was a record crowd. They said a review will take place into how the supposed 26.2 mile route was 0.3miles longer.  Organisers are working to correct runners' times.

"The event organisers wish to congratulate everyone on their run today and appreciate the disappointment of some.  They wish to extend their apologies to all impacted," organisers said in a statement.

It's thought misplacement of cones around Ballyhackamore led to the extended distance with the lead car diverting from the official route.

The man tasked with measuring out the course said there was nothing wrong with the intended course length. He said there was two wrong turns with runners not directed along Clara Street in east Belfast and a second error at Ormeau Park with runners sent out the wrong gate.

Chairman of the organising committee David Seaton apologised blaming human error. He said they would work to ensure it would not happen again.

"In the meantime, we are in the process of adjusting runners times to reflect the correct distance," he said.

"Feedback on the new route has been overwhelmingly positive and we thank the thousands of spectators who lined the route to support the 18,000 runners, walker and wheelchair athletes."

Kenyans Joel Kositany won the marathon in a time of 2.18.41 (beating his 2018 time of 2.23.40).  Eric Koech was second in a time of 2.18.50. Bernard Rotich arrived in 3rd place with a time of 2.18.55.

For the ladies, Kenyan Caroline Jepchirchir won for the 2nd year in a row at 2.36.38.  This is the fastest ever finish for a woman in Belfast.  In second place, Shewaye Wolde Meskel 2.37.34 and in third place Vira Ovcharuk in a time of 2.38.59.

For the marathon wheelchair race, Jim Corbett claimed victory in a time of 2.20.55, Karol Doherty finished in second place in 2.34.49 (beating his 2018 time of 2.46.34). In third place, James Divin in a time of 2.37.33.

Fantastic results also from NI & Ulster Championship Marathon “local” winners.  For the men, Jarlath McKenna first in a time of 2.27.55, in second place Vincent McKenna 2.32.22 and Max Travers in third place 2.37.06.

For the local ladies, Gladys Ganiel came in first 2.39.18, Catherine Johnston second in a time of 2.58.21 and Louise Smith third with 2.59.51.

 

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