Belfast Telegraph

Marathon in May Day ban

Runners in next month’s Belfast Deep RiverRock marathon are set to make a little bit of history — because it will be the LAST time the event is held on May Day.

From next year onwards it will be staged on the preceding Sunday.

A city council committee finally bowed last week to pressure from police, traders and sponsors to switch the race date.

The marathon is now in its 29th year and is the largest medium in Ireland for raising money and promoting a wide range of charities.

But senior PSNI officers have become increasingly concerned over the years at the cost of policing the 26-mile route from the City Hall to the finishing line at Ormeau Park on a public holiday.

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

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