Mike Patton Air Ambulance NI urges you to sign up for the 2019 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon

28 October 2018

Mike Patton Air Ambulance NI urges you to sign up for the 2019 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon

The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is delighted to welcome Air Ambulance Northern Ireland as one of their charity partners for 2019.

The event takes place on Sunday 5th May 2019 with a full line up of events to suit all levels of fitness including the Marathon and Wheelchair Race, the Team Relay, 8 Mile Walk and Fun Run, all with brand new improved routes. All events will start at Stormont except for the Fun Run which will start and finish at Ormeau Park.

The largest mass sport participatory event in Northern Ireland raises over £1.6 million for local charities annually and will be encouraging entrants to support Air Ambulance NI as one of five chosen charities this year.

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Air Ambulance NI is a local charity that provides the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for Northern Ireland, together with their partners at the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service. The service brings urgent medical assistance to anywhere in the province, operating seven days a week for 12 hours per day. It can get to anywhere in Northern Ireland in approximately twenty-five minutes.

HEMS Paramedic and Ambassador for Air Ambulance NI (AANI) Mike Patton emphasizes just how important the AANI service is:

“Our Doctor / Paramedic led service benefits those whose lives are at serious risk following significant injury or trauma. Effectively the service brings emergency hospital care direct to the casualty and given we are tasked to an incident on average every day, it is vital we keep the Air Ambulance operating in Northern Ireland.”

Air Ambulance NI needs to raise £5500 per day, which equates to £2million each year to maintain this service so public donations are crucial.

If you would like to be #ARealLifeHero and support Air Ambulance NI at the 2019 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, make sure you select them when registering. Already signed up and would like to start fundraising for them? Simply email info@airambulanceni.org or call 028 9262 2677 for more information.

Entries are NOW OPEN at www.belfastcitymarathon.com via the brand new MyTicket App. An early rate will apply until 31st October 2018. Details of the 2019 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon route can be found here also.

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.