Kenyan Koech claims victory at the Belfast City Marathon on 7th May

07 May 2018

Kenyan Koech claims victory at the Belfast City Marathon on 7th May

On May Day Monday 7th May 2018, close to 17,000 participants took part in the 37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon.  Including the Marathon Run and Wheelchair Race, Marathon Team Relay, 8 Mile Walk and Fun Run.   

The event is delighted to see a big surge in the number of marathon entries this year with around 3,000 taking on 26.2 miles of Belfast.  2018 has also seen an increase of Team Relay participants, with around 2,200 “five person” relay teams signed up this year.

This was a great day for the Kenyan’s with Eric Koech winning the 37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon in a time of 2.18.20.  Followed by Danu Tanui in second place for the consecutive year, achieving a time of 2.20.20.  Favourite for this year hoping for a 4th victory at the Belfast City Marathon was Joel Kipsang Kositany in 2.23.41.

For the ladies, Laura Graham was hopeful for a second win this year after her triumph in 2017 but was missed out by a matter of minutes with Kenyan Caroline Jepchirchir coming in first at 2.41.17.  Kilkeel athlete Laura arrived in second place in 2.43.34 and our third place went to Christina Bogomiakora in 2.46.43.

For the Marathon Wheelchair Race, Paul Hannon claimed victory in a time of 2.07.23 and Karol Doherty finished in second place in 2.46.34.

The Top 100 marathon finishers are represented here now.  A full list of the results from today will be available on the Belfast Live website this evening at and on the Belfast City Marathon website at on Tuesday 8th May.

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The Deep RiverRock Belfast City 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 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 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