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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018  - 

37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 

Runners  pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - 37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Runners pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - 37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Runners pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

The organisers of the Belfast City Marathon have said they are "confident" the future of the event is safe after meetings with the police.

David Seaton, organising committee chairman for the Belfast Marathon, said last week that the future of the event was in jeopardy as organisers may have to pay for policing due to the introduction of new legislation.

He told the BBC: "The new road legislation means we’re going to have pay for policing costs among other things,” he said.

“I’m told that an officer is charged out at £65 an hour and on bank holiday Monday it’s twice that. That’s £130.

“They are usually on duty for seven to eight hours so that’s about a thousand pounds each.

“Last year we had about 120 officers, that’s £120,000. We couldn’t take that hit. That would be the end of the marathon.”

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018  - 

37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 

Runners  pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - 37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Runners pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 
Runners  pictured at the marathon

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7th May 2018 37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Runners pictured at the marathon Mandatory Credit ©Presseye/Stephen Hamilton

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A Fun Runner takes part in the  River Rock Belfast City Marathon 2018 , on May Bank holiday Monday, with thousands of participants taking part in the Marathon , relay and fun runners.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 7/5/2018 A Fun Runner takes part in the River Rock Belfast City Marathon 2018 , on May Bank holiday Monday, with thousands of participants taking part in the Marathon , relay and fun runners. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018  - 

37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 

Runners  pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - 37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Runners pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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Runners take part in the  River Rock Belfast City Marathon 2018 , on May Bank holiday Monday, with thousands of participants taking part in the Marathon , relay and fun runners.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 7/5/2018 Runners take part in the River Rock Belfast City Marathon 2018 , on May Bank holiday Monday, with thousands of participants taking part in the Marathon , relay and fun runners. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018  - 

37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 

Runners  pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - 37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Runners pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018  - 

37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 

Runners  pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - 37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Runners pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018  - 

37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 

Runners  pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - 37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Runners pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018  - 

37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 

Runners  pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - 37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Runners pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018  - 

37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 

Runners  pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - 37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Runners pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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Runners take part in the  River Rock Belfast City Marathon 2018 , on May Bank holiday Monday, with thousands of participants taking part in the Marathon , relay and fun runners.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 7/5/2018 Runners take part in the River Rock Belfast City Marathon 2018 , on May Bank holiday Monday, with thousands of participants taking part in the Marathon , relay and fun runners. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

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A Fun Runner takes part in the  River Rock Belfast City Marathon 2018 , on May Bank holiday Monday, with thousands of participants taking part in the Marathon , relay and fun runners.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 7/5/2018 A Fun Runner takes part in the River Rock Belfast City Marathon 2018 , on May Bank holiday Monday, with thousands of participants taking part in the Marathon , relay and fun runners. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 7/5/2018 
A Fun Runner takes part in the  River Rock Belfast City Marathon 2018 , on May Bank holiday Monday, with thousands of participants taking part in the Marathon , relay and fun runners.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 7/5/2018 A Fun Runner takes part in the River Rock Belfast City Marathon 2018 , on May Bank holiday Monday, with thousands of participants taking part in the Marathon , relay and fun runners. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 7/5/2018 
Runners take part in the  River Rock Belfast City Marathon 2018 , on May Bank holiday Monday, with thousands of participants taking part in the Marathon , relay and fun runners.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 7/5/2018 Runners take part in the River Rock Belfast City Marathon 2018 , on May Bank holiday Monday, with thousands of participants taking part in the Marathon , relay and fun runners. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018  - 

37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 

Runners from East Antrim Maraton Series pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - 37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Runners from East Antrim Maraton Series pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018  - 

37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 

Runners from East Antrim Maraton Series pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - 37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Runners from East Antrim Maraton Series pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018  - 

37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 

Runners from East Antrim Maraton Series pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - 37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Runners from East Antrim Maraton Series pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018  - 

37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 

Runners from East Antrim Maraton Series pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - 37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Runners from East Antrim Maraton Series pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018  - 

37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 

James Adams and Jennifer Maybury pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - 37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon James Adams and Jennifer Maybury pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018  - 

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Runners from Southern Area Hospice  pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - 37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Runners from Southern Area Hospice pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018  - 

37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 

Runners  pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - 37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Runners pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018  - 

37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 

Runners  pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - 37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Runners pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon

37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press E

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018  - 

37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 

Runners  pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - 37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Runners pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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Competitors in  37th annual Belfast City Marathon , on May Bank holiday Monday, with thousands of participants taking part in the Marathon , relay and fun runners.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 7/5/2018 Competitors in 37th annual Belfast City Marathon , on May Bank holiday Monday, with thousands of participants taking part in the Marathon , relay and fun runners. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

However, on Sunday morning organisers released a statement saying: "After some recent reports about the potential for police costs for next years marathon, we can report that following a meeting with senior police we are confident we can reach a suitable agreement around future policing of the marathon."

 

Belfast Telegraph