Make it Count and Choose Belfast for your first marathon with the support of the Experiment Group

04 November 2019

Make it Count and Choose Belfast for your first marathon with the support of the Experiment Group

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 opening applications for a new “Experiment 26.2” Group to help, support and watch up to 15 people cross the finish line on Sunday 3rd May 2020 for their first marathon.

Perhaps you enjoyed running a “leg” of the Team Relay event in May and have caught the running bug and a thirst for more?  You may have completed the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon in September and a marathon is now on your wish list.  Or you might have been one of many watching the recent Dublin or New York City Marathons in awe thinking, “I would love to do that”.


Pictured:  Sarah McGarrigle from Belfast (2019 Experiment 26.2 Marathon Runner) just completed New York City Marathon, her second marathon this year.

YOU could be joining around 20,000 people at the iconic Stormont Estate on Sunday 3rd May 2020 as the largest single participatory sporting event in Northern Ireland takes place for the 39th year.

If you are lucky to be selected for this year’s Experiment 26.2 Group, you can expect a very comprehensive marathon training package from the event’s Official Sponsors and Partners.

As an Experiment 26.2 Group member, you will receive full training gear from sponsor Decathlon, a free marathon training plan and mentoring from the event’s Official Coach Stuart Kennedy and a full schedule of training activities inclusive of some free races – SPAR Craic 10K, Titanic 10K, SPAR Omagh Half Marathon and more.  Framar Health, the events Official Nutrition Sponsor will be providing complimentary nutrition, reflexology and sports massage consultations.  Athletics NI will be offering a 12-month membership for race discounts and a 6-month membership for the Mary Peters Track.  To add to this, the group will receive a 3-month citywide Health and Fitness membership with Better, the Official Gym Sponsor in 2020.  Better will also provide bespoke core and strength classes to support the group’s training. 

The group will also enjoy an introductory goodie bag with products from Deep RiverRock, Cancer Focus NI, Framar Health, Tayto, SPAR, Belfast Live, Four Star Pizza, Cool FM and more!

Experiment 26.2 will meet monthly between December 2019 – April 2020 and this will include 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.  Members will also be encouraged to #MakeItCount and fundraise for our Official Charity Partner, Cancer Focus Northern Ireland to help more people survive from cancer.

If you have never ran a marathon before and feel you could commit your time to this exclusive opportunity, you can find out more about the Experiment 26.2 Group and the essential criteria required at or email

All applications must be received by the deadline on Friday 15th November 2019 at 4pm.

Entries are open for the 39th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, Team Relay, 8 Mile Walk and Fun Run events at via the new Eventmaster online registration system.  Entries can be made via mobile or desktop with an early rate available until Friday 29th November 2019.  A final entry deadline will be on 10th April 2020. #MakeItCount ChooseBelfast

The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is sponsored by Athletics Northern Ireland, Daily Mirror, Belfast City Council, Better, Cool FM (Downtown Radio and Downtown Country), Translink, Spar, Belfast Live, Framar Health, Tayto, Four Star Pizza and Decathlon.  This year’s official charity is Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.


Pictured:  The Experiment 26.2 Group from 2019