Challenge Team on a mission to raise vital funds for the Belfast City Half Marathon Charities

01 July 2019

Challenge Team on a mission to raise vital funds for the Belfast City Half Marathon Charities

In May this year, 17 runners completed their first ever marathon with the help and support of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon “Experiment 26.2” programme. 

Following its success, the event organisers are excited to reveal a new group called Challenge 13.1, all embarking on a journey to complete a Half Marathon for the first time ever, namely the 7th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon on Sunday 22nd September 2019!

That’s not all, the Challenge 13.1 team will be very much focussed on crucial fundraising as they are ambassadors for each of the FIVE Official Charity Partners for the 2019 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon.  All have completed a “leg” of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Team Relay event in May and are looking forward to taking their training to the next level!

And who are the five Challenge 13.1 ambassadors?

  • Eilish Simpson from Glenavy - Belfast Arthroplasty Research Trust (BART)
  • Karen McMinnis from Belfast - Cancer Focus NI
  • Robert Biggerstaff from Belfast - Stroke Association
  • Caroline Smyth from Kilrea - Air Ambulance NI
  • Alex Murdock from Newtownabbey - Action Mental Health

Currently fundraising totals for the Five Official Charity Partners (all local charities) stands at a massive £220,000 and growing, with monies going to vital research and services across Northern Ireland.  With the help of Challenge 13.1 and this year’s Half Marathon entrants, the organisers hope to see this total soar before the year is out!

With just over 12 weeks to go, Challenge 13.1 can expect a comprehensive half marathon training package from the event’s Official Partners including a 12 week training plan and one to one coaching from Stuart Kennedy (Official Coach); a tailored nutritional plan and consultation with Sarah Trimble Nutrition and complimentary services / training products from Framar Health (Official Nutrition Partner); Better (Official Gym Partner) will provide bespoke core classes to help support the team as they train.

You can follow and support the Challenge 13.1 ambassadors’ progress and fundraising online in the coming weeks at www.belfastcitymarathon.com/training-blogs.  A series of training, nutritional and motivational tips will also be shared on the event’s social media sites Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to help all entrants prepare for the September race. 

Perhaps YOU completed a leg of the Team Relay in May or have completed a series of 10K races and are ready to take on a Half Marathon challenge?

The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon is renowned for its popular, mainly flat and fast course, perfect for a first time Half Marathon or PB! The event is expected to sell out for the 3rd year in a row with a record number of participants anticipated (around 5000).

SIGN UP for the 7th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon NOW at https://register.primoevents.com/ps/event/DeepRiverRockBelfastCityHalfMarathon2019 and don’t forget to select one of the event charity partners when registering!

More details can be found at www.belfastcitymarathon.com#ChooseBelfast

 

The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is sponsored by Athletics Northern Ireland, Daily Mirror, Belfast City Council, Better, Translink, Daily Mirror, Spar, Belfast Live and Framar Health. Sampling partners are Deep RiverRock, Tayto, White’s Oats and Linwoods.  This year’s official charities are Belfast Arthroplasty Research Trust (BART); Cancer Focus NI; Stroke Association; Air Ambulance NI and Action Mental Health.