Translink Duncan takes on the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon for the first time

16 September 2018

Translink Duncan takes on the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon for the first time

On Sunday 23rd September at 9am the largest Half Marathon in Northern Ireland will take place from Ormeau Embankment.  Entering its 6th year the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon is celebrating its biggest year yet, having sold out for a second year in a row, with over 4,000 participants taking part in 2018.

Whilst the majority of participants are local, the Half Marathon will yet again welcome runners from across the world ranging from the UK, Ireland, across Europe through to Australia, USA and Canada.  All will have a very different agenda for the day – some competing for a title, others for a Personal Best, whilst some will be taking on a 13.1 mile challenge for the first time.  And there are those who have yet to try out the popular flat and fast Half Marathon route.


Duncan McAllister, a Senior Programme Manager for Translink (Belfast Transport Hub and Weavers Cross Regeneration Programme) is an experienced road and trails runner who will be taking part in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon for the first time.


Duncan (a Whiteabbey man now living in Newtownards) says:


“I have been running for the past 24 years and have completed various 10K, Half Marathon and adventure races across the UK.  With a pair of trainers you have access to a free gym on the road or trails anywhere in the world and I have been fortunate enough to be able afforded the opportunity to run in various locations across the UK with my various job roles.”


Duncan has completed 20 years of construction works in various roles from Site Engineer through to Senior Construction Operations Manager and Programme Manager in projects from Singapore, to Ireland, Scotland, England and South of Ireland before joining the Projects delivery team in Translink.


Duncan added:


“This has also challenged me to try new events, distances and terrains whilst getting an opportunity to see other parts of the UK from roads and trails that I wouldn’t have ventured onto had I not been a runner.


This has been a great release from work and allowed to be escape for some down time on the road or at the gym giving me an outlet for relaxation and respite, as well as a social channel to meet new people and stay fit.


The Belfast City Half Marathon is a course I haven’t tried yet so I am looking forward to the event to tick off the list.”


The events team wish Duncan the very best of luck for the 6th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon on Sunday 23rd September!


Further details on this event can be found at


The 2018 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half 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 Half 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 Half 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