Here are some key questions you may ask us about the Half Marathon event, accompanied by our race information and rules.


Can I take part in the race with a pushchair, dog or wheeled device?

No participant may bring dogs, baby joggers, baby strollers, skateboards, rollerblades, hand cycles, unauthorised bicycles or any other wheeled device on the course, except for hand propelled wheelchairs in the mass race (wheelchair participants must contact the organiser in advance).  As the Half Marathon course is renowned for being flat and fast and competitive in nature, it would not be a safe environment for the inclusion of baby joggers and strollers. 

Can I run with headphones?

In ear headphones are not permitted.  Bone conducting headphones such as Aftershokz are allowed.  Please see the Athletics Northern Ireland rule on in-ear or over the ear headphones as of 1st January 2018. 

Do I need to complete the race in a given time?

Yes participants must complete the Half Marathon within 3 hours.

Can I walk the Half Marathon event?

No, the Half Marathon race is a competitive event and must be completed in under 3 hours.

Can I cancel my entry?

Belfast City Marathon Ltd operates a strict non refund policy.  You may defer your race entry to 2020, only if you have incurred an injury and can provide a medical note from your GP or Physio.  Medical notes must be provided to the Marathon Office no later than Friday 13th September 2019.

What is the difference between an Affiliated runner and non Affiliated runner?

If you hold a valid Athletics membership in the UK and Ireland, you are eligible for a discount and can register this event as an Affiliated runner.  

Where can I park on the day?

There will be some free car parks available on race day on a first come first served basis.  Please note there will be no parking / vehicle access at Ormeau Park or on Ormeau Embankment.  Full details of car parks will be confirmed closer to the event date.

Where will the water stations and energy gel stations be along the route?

Deep RiverRock will be providing small 330ml bottles of water at every hydration station in addition to PowerAde at some energy drinks stations.  High 5 will be supplying the energy gel stations.  Full details of their locations can be found on the route map.