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Have you always wanted to run a Marathon, but felt you didn’t know where to start?

Well now is your opportunity – after its success last year, the organisers at the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon are setting up a new “Experiment 26.2” Group to help, support and watch 20 people cross the finish line on Sunday 5th May 2019 for their first marathon.

You will be given;

  • Free entry for the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon on Sunday 5th May 2019
  • Free Training Plan from our Official Marathon Coach Stuart Kennedy
  • Free Nutrition Plan from our Official Nutrition Partner Framar Health
  • Full schedule of training activities inclusive of Better classes and complimentary races – Spar Omagh Half Marathon, Spar Craic 10K and Titanic 10K
  • Full training gear – shorts/t-shirts/jacket/trainers
  • 3 month citywide Health and Fitness membership with Better* Ts and Cs apply
  • 12 month membership with Athletics Northern Ireland* Ts and Cs apply
  • 6 month membership of the Mary Peters Track, Belfast: January - June 2019 inclusive.  Ts and Cs apply.
  • Free Q&A Sessions with Official Marathon Coach Stuart Kennedy, Framar Health, Better, Dr Gavin Breslin (Sport and Exercise Psychologist), experienced event Pacers and more
  • Complimentary training goodies from Deep RiverRock, Framar Health, Tayto, Spar, White’s Oats, Linwoods and more
  • And so much more!


To qualify for this amazing experience, you must agree to each of the following criteria:

  • I am over the age of 18 years old
  • I have never run a marathon
  • I have a relative level of fitness and can run 4-5 miles comfortably
  • I have been given permission from my doctor to participate
  • I am happy to take part in any PR related activity such as photographs, training sessions or interviews.  I understand that I will be required to write blogs about my training and experience once a month to share with other participants/followers of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon
  • I understand that I can only pull out of Experiment 26.2 because of an injury, sickness or death in my family*

*Any participants who pull out due to injury will need to present a medical note to the Event Manager 

“Experiment 26.2” will have one key meeting per month (January-April) and will also have group long runs/training sessions on evenings and weekends across each month.  These will provide motivation and support for individuals who wish to be part of a team, achieve their goal or reach their best time.

If you are interested in this wonderful experience, please email info@belfastcitymarathon.org to request an application form.

Completed applications must be received by the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon before 4pm on Friday 23rd November 2018.