Belfast City Half Marathon Needs You to Volunteer Now

29 August 2018

Belfast City Half Marathon Needs You to Volunteer Now

On Sunday 23rd September at 9am around 4,000 participants will set off on their 13.1 mile journey from Ormeau Embankment, in a bid to complete the 6th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon. 

The largest Half Marathon event in Northern Ireland is preparing for its biggest year yet with the help of local volunteer agency Volunteer Now.

Stephen Burns (Event Manager, Belfast City Marathon) says:

“We want all our participants to enjoy the experience of running the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon”.  Each year a highly skilled team pull together to ensure operations run as smoothly as possible on the day.  Despite this, Stephen says, “quite simply we could not deliver the biggest Half Marathon in Northern Ireland without our dedicated volunteers.  We are delighted to work once again with Volunteer Now to encourage volunteer participation and help make our event a success”.

Darcey Collins from Jordanstown has seen the benefits of signing up with Volunteer Now having enjoyed a Race Marshal role at the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon in May this year.  So much so she has signed up for further volunteer duties at the Belfast City Half Marathon:

“I’m very keen to be behind the scenes of an event and help with the setup.  Volunteering gives me the opportunity to get involved with the organisation of an event and the chance to meet and work with new people.”

Volunteer Now encourages people of all ages and skill sets to get involved.  If, however you are aged between 14-25 years (or know someone who is) you could become a Millennium Volunteer.  This is a very rewarding programme for those who are currently volunteers or would like to start and want to have their commitment, skills and experience recognised.  Full details here.

Are you like Darcey?  Do you like organising and helping people? Do you love being part of a team?  The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon needs you to assist in the following roles – Route Marshall (directing runners), Water Stations Team and Pack & Prizes Team.

Volunteer Now are hosting an Information Day at their offices at Shaftesbury Square on Saturday 1st September 2018 between 10am – 1pm.  If you think this is for you or you know someone who would be perfect in any of these roles, you can contact Volunteer Now directly on 028 9023 2020 or via their website here.

The 2018 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon is sponsored by Athletics Northern Ireland, Daily Mirror, Belfast City Council, Translink, Daily Mirror, ASICS, Intersport, Centra, Belfast Live and U105. Sampling partners are Musgrave Retailers, Deep RiverRock, Linwoods, Tayto and White Oats. 

Mencap Northern Ireland is the official charity partner of the 2018 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon and they urge you to #MoveIt4Mencap.  41,700 people in Northern Ireland are living with a learning disability. Mencap are the voice for people with learning disabilities, by challenging yourself in this year’s Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon you will help Mencap support even more people with a learning disability through their education, employment and family life programmes.  The money you raise will help Mencap provide its live changing services to local people all across Northern Ireland.  To find out more information about Mencap services in Northern Ireland; and about the people with whom we work please visit