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The time limit for the half marathon is 3 hours
The official charity for the 2018 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is Mencap
The time limit for the full marathon event is 6 hours.  For the half marathon event, the time limit is 3 hours.
Please contact the nominated charity, Mencap on 028 9069 1351 or email
All of our volunteers receive event training to help them prepare for the Marathon. During the event, they receive an official rain jacket and T-shirt, plus a free packed lunch if  located after the six mile point on the course. All volunteers also receive a commemorative medal in the weeks after the event. Volunteering helps to enhance your CV which is beneficial for employment and further education applications.
Yes!! We want as many people as possible to get involved in the 2018 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon. We need volunteers to work as stewards or water station staff on the day. Groups of volunteers with team leaders available to manage the group on race day are particularly welcomed. Sports clubs and church / youth groups can help out on race day.
Mencap Sponsorship forms will be emailed to you within 3 days of your registration.  Hard copies of the forms will be in your postal pack which will arrive from March 2018 onwards.   To obtain hard copies of the sponsorship forms earlier please contact the marathon office on 02890605933, or Mencap on 02890691351. For alternate charities, the participant will be responsible to contact them for sponsorship forms
There is no car parking for participants or spectators at Ormeau Park on both the full marathon and half marathon race days.  Ormeau Embankment will also be closed to the public on both days.  For the full marathon event in May, a park and ride system for spectators will be available (but not for the half marathon in September).
The Team Relay is split into five parts. The following distances are approximate: - 6.2 miles - 3.3 miles - 7.2 miles - 4.5 miles - 5 miles
All those who take part in the Marathon Run, Wheelchair Marathon, Marathon Walk and Team Relay receive a commemorative medal at the finish line. Those taking part in the Fun Run will receive a certificate. Belfast Half Marathon All those taking part in the Belfast Half Marathon will receive a commemorative medal at the finish line.
Yes, following the last two years success of postal packs, race packs will be posted out at least two weeks prior to race day. We have two types of postal packs: Standard Delivery - which will be sent out 2nd class (these can not be tracked)  Special Delivery - which will be sent out 1st class (recorded delivery at a £3.50 cost)
No - all packs will be posted out to entrants at least two weeks prior to race day 2018.  Any changes to your address from registration must be sent through to the marathon office -
All entrants will also receive confirmation of their payment by email (within 72 hours). All entrants who submit an email address with their application will receive a confirmation email to confirm their race number and selected t-shirt size(s).   If you have not received an email within seven days of registration, please contact the marathon office on 02890605933 or
There are four ways to enter the 2018 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon once registration is open: - Apply online ( - Download an entry form from the website - Pick up an entry form from your local library or leisure centre (forms will not be available until October 2017). - Call the Marathon Office on 028 9060 5933
The 2018 route will be the same as the 2017 route. The route will be marshalled and marked out for participants. Please see route maps and directions in the about section of the website.
This event is not yet open.  Costs of the event will be confirmed soon.
The date for the 2018 event has been confirmed as Monday 7th May 2018.
Belfast Marathon Event The initial closing date for entries is Friday 30th March 2018. Any Marathon, Relay and Walk Entries received after this date and before Friday 13th April 2018 will be subject to a £20 late entry surcharge (any late Fun Run entries will attract a late entry surcharge of £5). No entries for any event will be accepted after Friday 13th April 2018. No Refunds. All entries are subject to availability Belfast Marathon Event The closing date for entries is midnight on Friday 8th September 2018.  However, the event registration will automatically close once 3,500 people have registered for the 2018 event (regardless of the entry deadline date).
2018 Belfast Marathon Pacers Scheme Following five years of the official pacer scheme, the organisers are pleased to confirm that this facility will be offered again in 2018.  Please visit our 'Get Training' section of the website for more information. 2017 Belfast Half Marathon Pacers Scheme Pacer times are set each year based on predicted times of the runners and this is authorised by Athletics Northern Ireland. The organisers have sourced timing pacers for 1 hour 30 minutes, 1 hour 45 minutes, 2 hours and 2 hours 15 minutes.
Belfast Marathon Event The Marathon Run and Team Relay begin at 9am at the Belfast City Hall. The Marathon Walk begins at 9am - though walkers are advised to wait until all Marathon and Relay entrants have crossed the start line. The Wheelchair Marathon begins shortly before 9am at the Belfast City Hall. The Fun Run starts at 9.30am at the Belfast City Hall. Belfast Half Marathon Event The Belfast Half Marathon starts at 9am on Ormeau Embankment and finishes at the Ozone Tennis centre, Ormeau Park.
The initial entry deadline is Friday 30th March, 2018. It is possible to enter after this date up until Friday 13th April, 2018 however all entries received during this period will be subject to a £20 late surcharge.
Entrants for the Marathon Run must be 18 years of age or over on the day of the event. Marathon Team Relay and Marathon Walk entrants must be 16 years of age or over on the day of the event. There is no minimum age for the Fun Run. However, entrants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Entrants for the Half Marathon must be 17 years of age or over on the day of the event.
Belfast Marathon Event Buses will run from the finish line to the city centre on race day, dropping off at the Ormeau Avenue (close to the Holiday Inn hotel) and Raphael Street, which is a 5 minute walk from the City Hall. Belfast Half Marathon Event There are no park and ride facilities on race day.  Your travel options are as follows: Free parking at designated city centre car parks below (details correct as of September 2017): Dunnes Stores car park, Annadale Embankment Belfast City Council car park - Ormeau Avenue Belfast City Council car park - Raphael Street Queens PEC car park, Botanic Park Local bus, rail  and taxi services into Belfast City Centre Walk from Belfast City Centre – approximately 1.6 miles / 32 minutes from East Bridge Street to the race start line on Ormeau Embankment (close to Ravenhill Reach
The Nutrition Station on the course map are labelled "N". They are located at Whitehouse Park
Belfast Marathon Event Runners bags can be dropped off at the side of the Belfast City Hall (Donegall Square East - opposite Ulster Bank). The bags will be transported to the Ozone tennis centre at the finish line. The organisers advise all bags to be correctly labelled with your race number.
The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon in May does not offer a half marathon on the same day.   We do however host our Half Marathon event in September each year.  Please keep an eye on our website of details on this.
Please click on the following link for an idea of the course elevation; Miles 9 to 14 are the hillier section of the course, with the rest of the course reasonably flat. A route map can be found on our website,
If you are interested in volunteering, call us on 028 9060 5944 or email
Money-changing facilities are available in most banks and building societies in Belfast.
Ormeau Park is located on the Ormeau Embankment. It is around 15 minutes from Belfast City Centre on foot and a ten minute drive from the George Best City Airport.
Belfast has two airports - Belfast International Airport and George Best Belfast City Airport. Belfast International Airport is a 30 minute drive from the city centre and George Best Belfast City Airport is around ten minutes by car. Both airports are well served by local buses.
Mencap will be the Official Charity from 2016 to 2018 If you are interested in becoming an Official Marathon charity for 2019 and beyond, call us on 028 9060 5922 or email the Event Manager at
Entrants can support the charity of their choice. However, it is important that you contact your chosen charity in advance to receive an official sponsorship form. You must tell us on your entry form which charity you are raising money for.
We provide park and ride facilities for spectators and participants to get to and from the Indoor Tennis Arena and Ozone Complex. The free bus service, which operates every five minutes, departs from Belfast City Council car parks on Ormeau Avenue and Raphael Street and drops off at the entrance to the Indoor Tennis Arena and Ozone Complex in Ormeau Park. The first bus leaves at 10:00am and the last service departs at 5pm. Limited parking is available in Ormeau Avenue and Cromac Street.
Relay teams can have between two to five participants. They can be all-male, all-female or mixed (a mixed teams includes any combination of males and females)
There are four relay changeover points. They are located at - Bridge End - Hillview Road - Gideon's Green - Corporation Street
The Fun Run is approximately three miles long.
Toilets are provided at the marathon start, relay chageover points and finish area. There are also toilets available at the following points; Antrim Road, Duncrue Street, Corporation Street and Ormeau Tow Path.
Showers and limited changing facilities are available near the finish line at the Indoor Tennis Arena and Ozone Complex.
We provide a series of water stations approximately every 1.5 to 2 miles around the Marathon course. Download a map of the main Marathon route (JPEG - 54KB) in the main About section under Marathon Run  Download directions for the main Marathon route (Excel - 45KB) in the main About section under Marathon Run Water will be dispensed in cups at all water stations
We operate a no-refund policy. However, entries can be transferred to another participant or 'held over' to the following year with receipt of a medical note from a GP before race day. To do this, you must forward a written request to the Event Manager at the Marathon office. Call 028 9060 5933 for more information.
The entrire Marathon course is staffed by professional stewards, volunteers and officials from Athletics Northern Ireland. They work together with the Police Service of Northern Ireland to make the course safe for everyone.
We provide water stations throughout the Marathon route, as well as four energy drink stations (PowerAde), two High 5 Energy Gel Stations and a Nutrition Station (Orange Quarters). �Download a map of the main Marathon route in the main About section under Marathon Run �