Meet the Volunteers - Nicole Bell

31 August 2019

Meet the Volunteers - Nicole Bell

"My name is Nicole Bell, I’m 35 and only took up running in 2017 as a focus after my mum (at only 57) died suddenly in March 2016.  I needed something to concentrate on, coming up to her first anniversary and my friend suggested forming a relay team for the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon. 

So I threw myself into it and quickly discovered that this running malarkey is a great way to get out and clear your head!  I ran the final 5 miles and when I crossed that finish line I was overwhelmed with pride and emotion! I was also addicted!! What a feeling getting a medal around your neck!

My 5 miles soon turned to 10k, that same summer I was determined to do a half marathon! I did the Dublin Half followed by the Belfast Half which I just adored!! My pb for a half is in Belfast!! In 2018 I completed the full Belfast City Marathon! Wow! That was a proud moment but not sure I’ll ever do a full marathon again 😆! 

I was signed up for last year’s Belfast half to celebrate what would have been my mum's 60th birthday but unfortunately I took sick and couldn’t run! I was gutted! I’d ran the Great North Run for mum too and as the Belfast Half fell the day after mum's birthday I really wanted to do it, but it wasn’t to be! I deferred my entry to this year but again due to gallbladder issues, my training hasn’t been the same and I’ve been focusing more on 10k’s and speed.  I made the sensible decision to not run the half again this year!

I knew though I wanted to be a part of the event so thought I’d volunteer!  Volunteers are like angels on runs!  They motivate me no end so I am determined to bring exactly that to this race! This will be my first time volunteering and I’m excited! I love cheering on and encouraging others,  I know what they are going through so can’t wait to support my fellow runners!" Nicole Bell

Thank you so much Nicole!  We simply couldn't deliver a successful event without our hundreds of #volunteers ❤️ 

The 7th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 22nd September at 9am from Ormeau Embankment.  The largest Half Marathon event in NI needs your help to deliver the best experience possible for around 5000 participants & thousands of spectators! 

🔷 Are you injured but would still love to get involved on race day? 

🔷 Are you, your family, friends or work colleagues passionate about community and wellbeing? 

🔷 Do you have family and friends out supporting you on the day who could #volunteer with us? 


We need YOU! 

Please support YOUR Belfast event & volunteer with us this September. 

For more details on our Volunteering roles, please click HERE. 

Interested?  Please contact the Marathon Events Team on 028 9060 5933 during office hours or via