History of the Belfast City Marathon
The Belfast City Marathon first launched in 1982 with 3021 taking part in a marathon only event. The marathon course started at the old Maysfield Leisure Centre and Greg Hannon was the winner in a time of two hours, 20 minutes and 25 seconds. Sue Boreham was the first woman across the line in a time of 3 hours, 11 minutes and 26 seconds. The event would take place on May Day Bank Holiday Monday each year. Photo credit: Ian Finn (1982)
1989 - the Team Relay event was introduced for teams of 2-5 runners, generating over £1.1M annually for local charities
1997 - the 8 Mile Walk and Fun Run events were introduced making the event the largest mass sport participatory event in Northern Ireland
2013 - the Half Marathon September event was launched
Fast forward to 2019
Belfast City Marathon moved to a Sunday for the first time ever (5 May 2019) and changed the marathon course, starting at the iconic Stormont Estate (previously City Hall). The new route encompassed North, East, South and West of Belfast and saw a record 4,800 marathon entrants (approx 19,000 across all events) take part with a further 50,000 approx. spectating on race day.