Press Release

Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon launches its 2021 Events

29 Jan 2021 16:13
Jean-Loup Fenaux
Belfast City Marathon
Credit : Belfast City Marathon

Following a year of chaos, the organisers of the Belfast City Marathon Ltd are delighted to open entries for their 2021 portfolio of events: Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon and Virtual Half Marathon.

Due to the pandemic of COVID-19, the Company would like to welcome participants back safely and have decided to stage their FIRST VIRTUAL Half Marathon on May Bank Holiday Weekend (1st May – 3rd May). All runners will complete their 13.1 race close to their home following local Government Guidelines for exercise and social distancing. Entrants must complete the distance in one session and upload their results before midnight on Monday 3rd May 2021.

Registered participants will receive a Decathlon tech t-shirt and medal in their pack once the event is completed and we are thrilled to announce that £5 from each entry fee will be donated to our official charity partner Cancer Focus NI. Final deadline for registration is Friday 23rd April 2021 and online entry is available at www.belfastcitymarathon.com

John Allen (Chairman of Belfast City Marathon Ltd) said:

We are delighted to launch our 2021 Events in a safe manner. Moving the Half Marathon virtually will enable everyone to get involved safely. It is important at this time that we try to keep some type of routine and we believe that this temporary change of order will help motivate people physically and mentally.

The 39th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon will now take place on Sunday 19th September and we are encouraging all to support our Event as we work together to bring back some “normality” safely. The 2021 race will return to a Stormont start and finish in Ormeau Park with a few revisions, including a new Team Relay changeover point on Montgomery Road. A Fun Run of approximately 3 miles will start and finish in Stormont this year.

Hilary Hughes, Marketing Manager at Deep RiverRock said.

“We are so proud to be the title sponsor of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, in this its 39th year. As Northern Ireland’s favourite water brand, we will be there on the day, taking part in the marathon. We will ensure that runners are kept hydrated with dedicated water stations along the 26.2-mile route and at the finish line. We will be handing out our 100% Recycled AND Recyclable Deep RiverRock water bottles, which are all made to make a difference. To everyone taking part in the marathon in September, we wish you the very best of luck with your training, enjoy every step of it, stay hydrated and I look forward to cheering you on & seeing you cross the finish line in Ormeau Park”.

Kathryn Holland, Outdoor Events Manager, Cancer Focus NI, said:

“We are delighted to be the official charity for this year’s events. We are very grateful to all our faithful supporters who we know will be signing up to run for us. We’d encourage as many people as possible to train and take part in the Virtual Half Marathon in May – not only will you be keeping yourself fit and upbeat, you’ll also be helping us to continue providing our vital services to local cancer patients and their families at this very difficult time. We also look forward to seeing you in September for a full programme of races.”

Entries are available at www.belfastcitymarathon.com and final entry for the Full Marathon (September Event) so why not “Run through the Seasons” and build your miles for our first and only Autumn Marathon?

The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is sponsored by Deep RiverRock, Athletics Northern Ireland, Daily Mirror, Belfast City Council, Decathlon, Better, Cool FM (Downtown Radio and Downtown Country), Translink, SPAR, Belfast Live, Tayto and Four Star Pizza. This year’s official charity is Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.