Experiment 26.2 Group Blogs

09 May 2019

Gareth Amos May 2019 Blog

09 May 2019

Sarah McGarrigle May 2019 Blog

Twas the night before the big event Deep River Rock Belfast City Marathon 2019, I was carb loading away (thank god I don’t have to see pasta for a while), drinking the water and trying to relax before the main event.
09 May 2019

Patricia Doherty May 2019 Blog

Well here I am writing my final blog for the Experiment 26.2 Group. The last couple of weeks of our training saw us start our taper towards marathon day and our coach Stuart did a wonderful job of rallying the group and showing us how to believe in ourselves.
09 May 2019

Diarmuid McLaughlin May 2019 Blog

‘I am the greatest.’ The most famous affirmation in the history of sport by the man who was the greatest, Muhammad Ali. An affirmation that has been going around in my head since 5:30am on Sunday 5th May; I’m sure you’re able to get up later the more experienced you are.
09 May 2019

Grace Nugent May 2019 Blog

Hold up….. Did I actually run 26.2 (26.6) miles? I can’t believe I actually did it!
09 May 2019

Edwin Howe May 2019 Blog

After 16 weeks of training,74 runs, 490 miles, 2 pairs of trainers, numerous plasters, nipple bleeds, painful corns, tight calf muscles, chaffing, way too much pasta and definitely not enough beer, Marathon day finally arrived and what a day it was.
09 May 2019

Jane McCoy May 2019 Blog

I've only gone and done it and I feel epic! I swear if you could bottle this feeling and sell it, I'd be a millionaire.
09 May 2019

Ken Leung May 2019 Blog

I DID IT I DID IT I DID IT!!! My dream has finally become reality and I have to pinch myself at times to make sure I’m still not dreaming! I don’t think it has really sunk in that I have actually run a marathon.
09 May 2019

Kevin Savage May 2019 Blog

So, it’s the day after running my first ever marathon…the 2019 Deep River Rock Belfast City Marathon! Thankfully I feel surprisingly good today, the legs and body seem grand, although I have a sore head from the beers last night!
09 May 2019

Claire Williamson May 2019 Blog

Over the past few months, while I’ve been out running I’d be thinking about the next blog. I couldn’t think about this one, I was never confident enough that I would be able to finish. I spent considerable time worrying about the battery on my phone. Priorities.
09 May 2019

Liam Lavery May 2019 Blog

Done it!
09 May 2019

William Oliver May 2019 Blog

Just like that it’s all over! The time has really flown by, it feels like no time at all since I became successful for this group back in November. What an amazing experience it has been, and I am delighted to say that I have ran my first marathon in a time of 04:13:34! I am over the moon with this time and couldn’t have imagined being on this journey without the support of the Experiment 26.2 group.
09 May 2019

Grainne Savage May 2019 Blog

Just like that, it’s all over. I’m sitting here trying to process everything that has happened from the start line at Stormont to crossing the finish line at Ormeau Park and the 26.2 miles in between.
09 May 2019

Victoria Irving May 2019 Blog

And that’s it all over. I actually can’t get my head around it, I have completed my first ever marathon. The journey was hard, emotional and it had me doubting myself many times whether I could actually do it. That negative voice crept in saying “You can’t do it!” But I did, I silenced that voice and I did do it! Every bit of pain and frustrated tears has all been worth it.
09 May 2019

Larry Claxton May 2019 Blog

Well they say each journey starts with a single step, however in this case it started with an email to say why I should run the Deep River Rock Belfast City Marathon. That was at the end of last year and on Sunday 5th May 2019 I did just that. Two weeks short of my 56th birthday I became a Marathon Man.
09 May 2019

Ciaran Haran May 2019 Blog

I write this final blog 24 hours after finishing my first ever marathon and 114 days after meeting the Experiment 26.2 BCM group for the first time and the time has flown by. I was extremely nervous before the big day but I believe I had prepared as best as I could and was confident that I could use everything I had learnt in my training to make the day a success.
09 May 2019

Bethany Craig May 2019 Blog

Once upon a time…a very long time ago… I decided to run a marathon. And now: I’VE DONE IT!! If I’m honest it just doesn’t seem real yet. Part of me still thinks that next week I’ll have to go out on my next long run.
22 April 2019

Grace Nugent April 2019 Blog

After the eventful, injury plagued month that was March, I’m pleased to say I’ve back to full strength again, muscles wise (fingers crossed) and I’m writing my last blog before the big day.
Grace Nugent April 2019 Blog
22 April 2019

Gareth Amos April 2019 Blog

At some point late last year, I thought you know what, I am going to apply to the Experiment 26.2 group. Never expecting to get in, I thought my odds where slim. Here we are, less than two weeks away from the big day and I am currently filled with excitement.
Gareth Amos April 2019 Blog
22 April 2019

Grainne Savage April 2019 Blog

This month’s marathon training has been both challenging and exciting in equal measures – with a few hills thrown in there for the craic.
Grainne Savage April 2019 Blog
22 April 2019

Liam Lavery April 2019 Blog

The marathon is right on my door step with only 2 weeks to go and training has intensified.
Liam Lavery April 2019 Blog
22 April 2019

Edwin Howe April 2019 Blog

Well can you believe it is two weeks until the big day…all the longs runs are in the bag, tapering has begun; it’s now time to be wrapped up in cotton wool to make sure I don’t get any injuries and get myself to the start line at Stormont.
Edwin Howe April 2019 Blog
22 April 2019

Larry Claxton April 2019 Blog

We are entering the home straight with less than two weeks until we put our toes on the starting line for our DeepRiver Rock Belfast City Marathon. I can hardly believe this is our last blog.
Larry Claxton April 2019 Blog
22 April 2019

William Oliver April 2019 Blog

“You’re not wise!” and “If you want to go 26 miles, I can call a taxi for you.” Are just some of the things my work colleagues and friends have been saying to me every time I mention this marathon.
William Oliver April 2019 Blog
22 April 2019

Victoria Irving April 2019 Blog

As of 2 weeks today I will have finished the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon! That's it all over, we are into that glorious word known as Taper. 
Victoria Irving April 2019 Blog
22 April 2019

Patricia Doherty April 2019 Blog

Here I am with just two weeks until Marathon Day and what a journey it’s been. It has been a good journey though and one of learning and new friendships. I have learned how to push my running further than I ever thought I could and I have had the best time with the Experiment 26.2 Group runners.
Patricia Doherty April 2019 Blog
22 April 2019

Susan Spence April 2019 Blog

To run or not to run……..that is now the burning question.
Susan Spence April 2019 Blog
22 April 2019

Bethany Craig April 2019 Blog

The final countdown has officially begun! In just a few weeks I will (hopefully) have finished my first marathon and I can go back to eating normal amounts of pasta.
Bethany Craig April 2019 Blog
22 April 2019

Jane McCoy April 2019 Blog

Just under two weeks to go and everything from the hips down, hurts and I seem to cry at the drop of a hat too.
Jane McCoy April 2019 Blog
22 April 2019

Sarah McGarrigle April 2019 Blog

This marathon training at the minute has me feeling like I am 38 weeks pregnant again and so ready for the baby to arrive, that baby being marathon morning.
Sarah McGarrigle April 2019 Blog
22 April 2019

Claire Williamson April 2019 Blog

And in no time at all we have reached the final stages of this journey and the ‘race’ is just over two weeks away. 
Claire Williamson April 2019 Blog
22 April 2019

Kevin Savage April 2019 Blog

So, April 2019…where do I start…the most surreal month of my life, but more on that soon…
Kevin Savage April 2019 Blog
22 April 2019

Ken Leung April 2019 Blog

By the time you read this there will only be a few days left before the big day and to be honest I cannot wait!!!!
Ken Leung April 2019 Blog
22 April 2019

Ciaran Haren April 2019 Blog

With 2 weeks to go until the big day, I write this blog with a mixture of emotions.
Ciaran Haren April 2019 Blog
22 April 2019

Diarmuid McLaughlin April 2019 Blog

As arena rock group ‘Europe’ once said...IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!!! 
Diarmuid McLaughlin April 2019 Blog
28 March 2019

Grace Nugent March 2019 Blog

Grace Nugent March 2019 Blog
27 March 2019

Gareth Amos March 2019 Blog

Gareth Amos March 2019 Blog
27 March 2019

Grainne Savage March 2019 Blog

Grainne Savage March 2019 Blog
27 March 2019

Bethany Craig March 2019 Blog

Bethany Craig March 2019 Blog
27 March 2019

Diarmuid McLaughlin March 2019 Blog

Diarmuid McLaughlin March 2019 Blog
27 March 2019

Claire Williamson March 2019 Blog

Claire Williamson March 2019 Blog
27 March 2019

Ciaran Haren March 2019 Blog

Ciaran Haren March 2019 Blog
27 March 2019

Victoria Irving March 2019 Blog

Victoria Irving March 2019 Blog
27 March 2019

Liam Lavery March 2019 Blog

Liam Lavery March 2019 Blog
27 March 2019

Patricia Doherty March 2019 Blog

Patricia Doherty March 2019 Blog
27 March 2019

Jane McCoy Mar 2019 Blog

Jane McCoy Mar 2019 Blog
27 March 2019

Susan Spence Mar 2019 Blog

Susan Spence Mar 2019 Blog
27 March 2019

Sarah McGarrigle March 2019 Blog

Sarah McGarrigle March 2019 Blog
27 March 2019

Edwin Howe March 2019 Blog

Edwin Howe March 2019 Blog
27 March 2019

William Oliver March 2019 Blog

William Oliver March 2019 Blog
27 March 2019

Larry Claxton March 2019 Blog

Larry Claxton March 2019 Blog
27 March 2019

Kevin Savage March 2019 Blog

Kevin Savage March 2019 Blog
27 March 2019

Ken Leung March 2019 Blog

What an amazing month March has been physically and mentally especially St Paddy’s weekend and I’m not talking about the amount of alcohol consumed – but more of that later!
Ken Leung March 2019 Blog
27 February 2019

Susan Spence February 2019 Blog

As the end of February rapidly approaches, it strikes me that the whole concept of running 26.2 miles is becoming more real (and a little bit more imminent!).
Susan Spence February 2019 Blog
27 February 2019

Ken Leung February 2019 Blog

Since the revelation of my children’s nickname for me in my previous blog, I’m now known as FDK amongst my running buddies…I’m just waiting for some stranger to shout out FDK in the street while I’m out running!
Ken Leung February 2019 Blog
27 February 2019

Jane McCoy February 2019 Blog

I can't believe I am in my second month with the Experiment 26.2 Group, so much has happened already and here I am, still training, giving it 100%
Jane McCoy February 2019 Blog
27 February 2019

Ciaran Haren February 2019 Blog

I am writing this blog having just completed my first race of 2019, The Stroke Resolution Run.  I was delighted to finish this in under 46 minutes, considering how hilly it was and it is another medal to add to the growing collection!
Ciaran Haren February 2019 Blog
27 February 2019

Victoria Irving February 2019 Blog

When you say to people "it’s only a 6 miler today" you almost have to catch yourself on. That was the furthest distance I've ever ran until now, thanks to Stuart Kennedy our coach and the determination to cross the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon finish line come 5th May.
Victoria Irving February 2019 Blog
27 February 2019

Diarmuid McLaughlin February 2019 Blog

‘Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.’ 6 weeks from the first time of meeting the Experiment 26.2 group and properly starting into this training, everything is going...too well. I’m suspicious.
Diarmuid McLaughlin February 2019 Blog
27 February 2019

Claire Williamson February 2019 Blog

I should have spent more time at the Stroke Resolution run thinking about my blog and not about how I was struggling to get myself up the mountain from the Tow Path to Mary Peters Track…. by the time I came to the hill the second time I’d already clocked up 10.3 miles, after a long days travelling home from a week skiing the day before I was exhausted.
Claire Williamson February 2019 Blog
27 February 2019

Bethany Craig February 2019 Blog

Well February has certainly been full of ups and downs, and not just because of the hills sprints we have to do. I’ll be honest with you and say that I have not been as consistent as I would have liked with my training since my last blog.
Bethany Craig February 2019 Blog
27 February 2019

Liam Lavery February 2019 Blog

I am well into my preparation for my first ever marathon with the 26.2 group who are running the official Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon. I am now running longer distances, I have completed yoga with Better gym, a PRAMA session in the Church Lane Centre, and so the preparations are going really well.
Liam Lavery February 2019 Blog
27 February 2019

Grainne Savage February 2019 Blog

Only 10 weeks until the big day and the idea of running a marathon is now starting to feel very real.
Grainne Savage February 2019 Blog
27 February 2019

Edwin Howe February 2019 Blog

February’s good mood is sponsored by running! Month 2 of training for the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon has come and gone; 20 runs, 127.5 miles, new kit to try out and a nice shiny medal to finish the month off.
Edwin Howe February 2019 Blog
27 February 2019

William Oliver February 2019 Blog

I’m pretty sure people are getting sick of me talking about this marathon and it’s only February. My training is going relatively well, although I must admit that I am feeling pretty tired.
William Oliver February 2019 Blog
27 February 2019

Gareth Amos February 2019 Blog

In my first blog, I mentioned that there was sixteen weeks until the big day, what has happened to six of them I do not know but at the time of writing, we are ten weeks away from the big day.
Gareth Amos February 2019 Blog
27 February 2019

Grace Nugent February 2019 Blog

Month 2 of marathon training has been a real struggle to say the least. As previously mentioned in my other blog I’m a keen hockey player so I still have training twice a week, I coach the other two nights, plus a match on a Saturday.
Grace Nugent February 2019 Blog
27 February 2019

Sarah McGarrigle February 2019 Blog

4 weeks from the last blog really flies when you are having fun, sorry did I say fun!!!  It’s been a tough few weeks with the miles starting to gradually go up, trying to find the time to include the training while being a mum and working.
Sarah McGarrigle February 2019 Blog
27 February 2019

Kevin Savage February 2019 Blog

Kevin Savage February 2019 Blog
27 February 2019

Patricia Doherty February 2019 Blog

Before I got accepted on to the Experiment 26.2 group I had two trips planned and so I needed to fit them into my training plan.
Patricia Doherty February 2019 Blog
27 February 2019

Larry Claxton February 2019 Blog

Well just an update on my experience of my ongoing journey with the Experiment Group on our adventure towards 26.2 or better known as this year’s Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon.
Larry Claxton February 2019 Blog
23 January 2019

Liam Lavery January 2019 Blog

Well it was a couple of weeks before Christmas in 2014 I was getting asked to start going to this running event on Saturday mornings by some family members. What I didn’t realise was that 4 years later I would have over 150 parkruns under my belt and preparing myself to get ready to do my first marathon.
Liam Lavery January 2019 Blog
23 January 2019

Larry Claxton January 2019 Blog

I used to love running as a young boy and have always had a keen interest in Athletics. I remember fondly watching it with my dad. At St Peter’s school my teacher Marty Dean was very encouraging about athletics, in fact he held the Belfast City Marathon course record for years.
Larry Claxton January 2019 Blog
23 January 2019

Victoria Irving January 2019 Blog

So I am officially 3 weeks into my Experiment 26.2 journey and I am going to be brutally honest with you I'm exhausted! I went out for my 9 mile run yesterday and it was 4 miles in when that voice in your head kept saying "why are you doing this to yourself??"
Victoria Irving January 2019 Blog
23 January 2019

William Oliver January 2019 Blog

“Wait, I have to run how many miles…?” I have never considered myself as a “sporty” kind of person, at school I was always more of a music enthusiast, opting for orchestra and choir instead of sport.
William Oliver January 2019 Blog
23 January 2019

Caroline Crothers January 2019 Blog

Hi, I’m Caroline, I’m 39 years old and dreading hitting the big 40 this year so thought there was no better way to distract myself than diving straight into training for a marathon.
Caroline Crothers January 2019 Blog
23 January 2019

Bethany Craig January 2019 Blog

When I signed up to do join the Experiment 26.2 Group, I honestly thought that the running would be the hardest part, not writing a blog. If I’m honest writing isn’t my strong point, but, as someone who loves maths, numbers are, so here are few numbers for you.
Bethany Craig January 2019 Blog
23 January 2019

Edwin Howe January 2019 Blog

How did I end up writing a blog about running a marathon? Well this crazy running journey  began two years ago in January 2017 as I sat in my doctor’s office with a blood pressure reading of 180/110 and the words ‘you better go to the hospital Edwin’ coming from my GP’s mouth.
Edwin Howe January 2019 Blog
23 January 2019

Claire Williamson January 2019 Blog

I was not built for speed – let’s get that out there from the start.  I really hope endurance turns out to be my thing.  Now I think about it, my time management isn’t great either,  it’s going to be interesting to see how I manage to fit training to run 26.2 miles in around a young family and work.
Claire Williamson January 2019 Blog
23 January 2019

Grace Nugent January 2019 Blog

26.2 miles… That’s all I have to conquer on 5th May. A year ago never did I think I would be running this year’s Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, not least with the support of the incredible Experiment 26.2 Group.
Grace Nugent January 2019 Blog
23 January 2019

Ciaran Haren January 2019 Blog

As the ambassador for SPAR in the upcoming Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, I can thank/blame them for motivating me to begin running properly when I signed up to do the SPAR Craic run back in March 2018. 
Ciaran Haren January 2019 Blog
23 January 2019

Grainne Savage January 2019 Blog

When I got the email to say I had been accepted to the Experiment 26.2 Group for the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, I laughed – not a nice calm laugh like you would have at something that was actually funny, more of a panicked, nervous, verging on manic laugh as I played out 100 different scenarios in my head
Grainne Savage January 2019 Blog
23 January 2019

Sarah McGarrigle January 2019 Blog

Hi my name is Sarah McGarrigle, I am a mum to a sweet 9 year old boy from Belfast.
Sarah McGarrigle January 2019 Blog
23 January 2019

Patricia Doherty January 2019 Blog

A Marathon, really? I started running four years ago in a beginners programme to bring me to 5K and all I wanted was to be able to run 5K.
Patricia Doherty January 2019 Blog
23 January 2019

Kevin Savage January 2019 Blog

“I’ll not bother entering, sure I never win anything…”
Kevin Savage January 2019 Blog
23 January 2019

Ken Leung January 2019 Blog

It had always been a secret dream of mine to run a marathon before I turned 40, which is weird because I was never a runner. 40 came and gone and the dream with it or so I thought……
Ken Leung January 2019 Blog
23 January 2019

Jane McCoy January 2019 Blog

I have been running for 3 years, having started with the Jog Belfast Couch to 5k.  I can honestly say its the best thing I have ever done, I only wish I had started sooner.
Jane McCoy January 2019 Blog
23 January 2019

Gareth Amos January 2019 Blog

Well, here it is, all official and everything, I have entered the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon as part of the Experiment 26.2 Group.
Gareth Amos January 2019 Blog
23 January 2019

Diarmuid McLaughlin January 2019 Blog

The Greek myth of Pheidippides recounts that the protagonist ran from Marathon to Athens (a distance of 42.195 km) to proclaim that the Greeks had defeated the Persians in battle, around 490 BC.
Diarmuid McLaughlin January 2019 Blog
23 January 2019

Susan Spence January 2019 Blog

Sometimes life offers you an opportunity that needs to be grasped fully with both hands.
Susan Spence January 2019 Blog
09 May 2018

Andrew Addley May 2018 Blog

Race day and I have everything planned so I am ready to go; race gear is out, watch charged, playlist on my phone is ready to go (on shuffle – my advice is to take out long songs), phone charged, family members on the course with more Jelly Babies (I prefer these to energy gels).
Andrew Addley May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Karen Fullerton May 2018 Blog

I can't quite believe I'm saying this but yesterday, I joined the 1% of the population who have completed a marathon!
Karen Fullerton May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Rebekah Mercer May 2018 Blog

And it’s over! I can’t quite believe I’ve done it to be honest. 26.2 miles and it actually wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Well it was extremely hard but I was imagining a lot worse!
Rebekah Mercer May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Karen Dunlop-Wainwright May 2018 Blog

My final blog! Mixed emotions as I’m sad to end the Experiment 26.2 Group journey but absolutely delighted to have just completed what has been a dream of mine for a long time – to run a marathon.
Karen Dunlop-Wainwright May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Sarah Scott May 2018 Blog

With a lump in my throat, complete strangers cheering me on and Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing blasting in my ears, I did it - I crossed the finish line of the Belfast City Marathon.
Sarah Scott May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Lisa Kerr May 2018 Blog

So I did it!!!!!  Seems this almost 40 year old can actually run!!
Lisa Kerr May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Charlene Corbett May 2018 Blog

My last blog.... I Cant believe it!! Well folks this is it.. I'm sat here, still half in disbelief that I have actually run a bloomin marathon today! ME?! Its been a long road (literally) to get here, from first applying for the Experiment 26.2 Group to today where I actually put all the training and expert advice into practice!
Charlene Corbett May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Mick Hall May 2018 Blog

Well that’s it and it is all over.  The training paid off and I successfully completed my first ever marathon in a time of 4:02:51 which I was over the moon with.
Mick Hall May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Matthew Stubberfield May 2018 Blog

Well everyone it is finally here, the Final blog and whilst writing this I am sitting in bed unable to move, but what a day yesterday was.
Matthew Stubberfield May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Gareth Fullerton May 2018 Blog

"When you cross the finish line today, you will be so full of adrenalin that you will want to do another marathon." It was reassuring advice from a fellow (more seasoned) runner as we made our way to Belfast on the train yesterday morning.
Gareth Fullerton May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Catriona McErlean May 2018 Blog

Well, after all the training, the anticipation, excitement and nerves – the big day has come and gone!  And what a day it was; an experience which I’ll never forget.
Catriona McErlean May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Paddy Kearney May 2018 Blog

“How do you know if someone has done a marathon before? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you.” … and so they should!
Paddy Kearney May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Erin Savage May 2018 Blog

“All good Marathon training plans include a 3 week taper…..”  Pity my Marathon training plan didn’t account for a foot injury during my last long run which meant that I ran a total of 3 miles during the final 2 weeks before May Day.
Erin Savage May 2018 Blog
09 May 2018

Rachel Savage May 2018 Blog

The morning after the day before and I’m still on a high! And thankfully, I’m still in one piece. The knees are sore, stairs are now my enemy, but it’s all worth it.
Rachel Savage May 2018 Blog
08 May 2018

Daniel McAlindon May Blog

Meeting up with my fellow runners in the Experiment 26.2 Group at the City Hall helped get off to a good start as we were able to talk through the run together and help put each other at ease.
Daniel McAlindon May Blog
24 April 2018

Rebekah Mercer April 2018 Blog

This time in 2 weeks, just 14 days from now... I will have sat six exams and ran a marathon. I have to admit I’m pretty terrified and exhausted just thinking about it.
Rebekah Mercer April 2018 Blog
23 April 2018

Daniel McAlindon April Blog

So just the 2 weeks to go now until marathon day! Any big runs to be done have been done and it’s all about trying to keep myself ticking over and trying to avoid any more injuries between now and then!
Daniel McAlindon April Blog
23 April 2018

Lisa Kerr April 2018 Blog

So let’s talk about April…….April really was a story of two Halves.  The training at the start of the month was again dictated by the weather!!!! Seriously??
Lisa Kerr April 2018 Blog
23 April 2018

Karen Fullerton April 2018 Blog

It had all been building to this.  20 miles.  The longest training run on ‘the plan’.
Karen Fullerton April 2018 Blog
23 April 2018

Mick Hall April 2018 Blog

Three weeks until the big day at the time of writing and the tapering phase of the training has begun.
Mick Hall April 2018 Blog
23 April 2018

Charlene Corbett April 2018 Blog

Well...this is it! The last blog before the big day... as I write this we are 15 days away from the 2018 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon... and even just the thought of that scares the life out of me!
Charlene Corbett April 2018 Blog
23 April 2018

Rachel Savage April 2018 Blog

I knew that this marathon journey was going to be tough, but to say this has been the most difficult month so far, would be an understatement…grab the tissues!
Rachel Savage April 2018 Blog
23 April 2018

Gareth Fullerton April 2018 Blog

Two weeks to the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon. Yup. Two weeks. It is a sentence that strikes fear into the very core of my soul.
Gareth Fullerton April 2018 Blog
23 April 2018

Matthew Stubberfield April 2018 Blog

Well guys another month another blog… hope you are keeping well, only 2 weeks until the Big Day and the nerves are well and truly setting in.  This month has been one of the hardest months for me yet.
Matthew Stubberfield April 2018 Blog
23 April 2018

Andrew Addley April 2018 Blog

As I sat down to watch the London Marathon on TV it really hit home how much my life has changed in 10 months of running.  I had just come back from my long run of 17k and started watching the marathon; I would never have done either of these a year ago. 
Andrew Addley April 2018 Blog
23 April 2018

Paddy Kearney April 2018 Blog

The final pre-race blog is upon me.  Where has the time gone? Events and long runs have been the order for the first half of April, with the latter half being Taper time.
Paddy Kearney April 2018 Blog
23 April 2018

Erin Savage April 2018 Blog

T is for TAPER! The part of my ASICS training plan I’ve been most looking forward to is here.  The week and weeks obsessing about running have now been taken over by obsessing about avoiding anyone with a cold, and trying to avoid any injuries.
Erin Savage April 2018 Blog
23 April 2018

Karen Dunlop-Wainwright April 2018 Blog

I thought I’d do my blog a little different this month and list some of the things I’ve learnt about marathon training over the past 66 hours, 57 runs and 418 miles! 
Karen Dunlop-Wainwright April 2018 Blog
23 April 2018

Sarah Scott April 2018 Blog

Crossing the finish line after any race fills you with a sense of elation and relief.So watching the London Marathon on Sunday made me think about all the emotions I will feel doing Belfast in just two weeks.
Sarah Scott April 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Sarah Scott March 2018 Blog

Six weeks, 42 sleeps or 1,008 hours until I approach the start line of my first marathon.To say the last month has been stressful would be an understatement, it still seems like I have a mountain to climb until I will feel prepared to take on such a challenge.
Sarah Scott March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Rebekah Mercer March 2018 Blog

I am very good at come up with excuses, whether it’s a reason for not being social because I would much rather lie on my sofa and watch Masterchef or a reason for why I did no revision on my day off despite the looming exams.  I am starting to see these excuses creeping into my training and most frequently I have been using the weather as my ‘perfect’ excuse.
Rebekah Mercer March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Rachel Savage March 2018 Blog

6 weeks to go and the final countdown is on! I don’t know if I’m relieved or terrified.  Training this month has all gone according to plan, and I’ve learnt to stop whinging (well almost!) and to embrace the aches and pains that I find are part and partial to marathon training life.
Rachel Savage March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Paddy Kearney March 2018 Blog

I think I am beginning to feel the more you run, the more you enjoy it.  You can have good days running, bad days running, a bit of craic on an easy day and the sense of achievement which comes with a fast day.
Paddy Kearney March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Neil Darragh March 2018 Blog

Blog number three, 6 weeks until the big day! March has seen me run longer than ever before and get a half marathon PB so overall it has been a successful month.
Neil Darragh March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Mick Hall March 2018 Blog

The training continues and the miles are increasing.  The weather has been awful for running it’s not easy to run 15 miles into a head wind coming off the sea!
Mick Hall March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Matthew Stubberfield March 2018 Blog

Well guys welcome back to another blog and another insight into my training regime for the marathon. The big day is getting closer and at the time of writing this it is only 6 weeks until Race Day and the nerves are setting in… BIG TIME!
Matthew Stubberfield March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Lisa Kerr March 2018 Blog

So as I started to type this blog I think it hit me – three months.  I have been training for three months!  This means its only 6 weeks to the big day...
Lisa Kerr March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Karen Fullerton March 2018 Blog Part B

Once the high had passed, my legs started to wonder what had hit them. They stiffened and the familiar dull ache of overworked hamstrings began to take hold.
Karen Fullerton March 2018 Blog Part B
28 March 2018

Karen Fullerton March 2018 Blog Part A

They say time flies when you're having fun.   I'm not sure about the ‘fun’ bit but time is certainly flying by, as the countdown to the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon starts to gather pace.
Karen Fullerton March 2018 Blog Part A
28 March 2018

Karen Dunlop-Wainwright March 2018 Blog

42 days to go until the big day as I write this blog! Where has time gone…well 52 hours have gone into my training to date, across 42 runs, clocking up a pretty impressive 330 miles according to My ASICS plan.
Karen Dunlop-Wainwright March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Gareth Fullerton March 2018 Blog

I would love to say it's getting easier, but I would be lying! Training for the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon has been tough, and the constant ache in my legs bears testimony to that.
Gareth Fullerton March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Erin Savage March 2018 Blog

Eeeeeekkkkkkk! 6 weeks to go and I’m starting to panic! According to my ASICS training plan I only have two more long runs to do before I start to taper and it doesn’t seem to be enough, although I’m so tired at the minute I’m looking forward to tapering!
Erin Savage March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Daniel McAlindon March Blog

While I write this I am suffering pains through every inch of my body! As far as my training has went I’ve had a pretty disastrous month.
Daniel McAlindon March Blog
28 March 2018

Charlene Corbett March 2018 Blog

Well March has been a month of extremes.  Extreme weather with storms (the beast from the east) and snow and ice..again...and extremely long running distances as the mileage increases!
Charlene Corbett March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Catriona McErlean March 2018 Blog

No man (or woman) is an island… Boy is this ever ringing true for me over these past three weeks.
Catriona McErlean March 2018 Blog
28 March 2018

Andrew Addley March 2018 Blog

Time is flying by to race day.  This month has seen another steep increase in the training mileage per week and the weather again has been dire.  I don’t like the treadmill, but it is a necessary evil at times to help stick to the training plan with the bad weather we have had. 
Andrew Addley March 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Gareth Fullerton February 2018 Blog

I could have accepted it if it had been a calf strain or something affecting my fifth metatarsal.  But I never expected THIS to derail my Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon training programme.
Gareth Fullerton February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Sarah Scott February 2018 Blog

Forget smiling while running, have you ever tried singing?
Sarah Scott February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Rebekah Mercer February 2018 Blog

I never thought I would be the person to say ‘I am just going on a SHORT 5 mile run.'  I signed up to run the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon with the hope I would grow to love running but I feel like the reality so far is the opposite.
Rebekah Mercer February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Rachel Savage February 2018 Blog

OK, so I can safely say that whilst marathon training is well and truly underway, it has been a bumpy road.
Rachel Savage February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Paddy Kearney February 2018 Blog

The difficult second blog, best get into it.  The past couple of weeks has had its ups and downs but generally injury free.  Since my last blog I have logged over 80 miles on foot, completed an average of four runs per week and my second ever half marathon, on a cold snowy Sunday morning.
Paddy Kearney February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Neil Darragh February 2018 Blog

Blog number two, 8 weeks of training complete and overall things are going well! February was a great month with plenty of variety in my training and some milestones reached!
Neil Darragh February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Mick Hall February 2018 Blog

So my training for the Deep River Rock Belfast City Marathon has begun in earnest.  I began my plan in the middle of January and to be honest I thought that it would be more intense than it has been.
Mick Hall February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Matthew Stubberfield February 2018 Blog

Thanks for coming back again to read about my progress.  It has been a very eventful month ranging from running a few event races to facing dreaded injuries, but I shall tell you all more as we go on.  The truth is this has been a very hard month of me both mentally and physically.  
Matthew Stubberfield February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Lisa Kerr February 2018 Blog

So February has been and gone, so by now you would expect that I had this running malarkey well under control right? Well almost….
Lisa Kerr February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Karen Fullerton February 2018 Blog

The official definition of a ‘blistering pace’ is one that’s incredibly fast or athletic.  This week’s 11-mile ‘long run’ was anything but “incredibly fast”. And believe me, it was far from athletic.  Yet it must have been ‘blistering’. Because it did indeed leave me with blisters - a matching one on each foot.
Karen Fullerton February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Karen Dunlop-Wainwright February 2018 Blog

Wow, it seems like a lot longer than a month since I wrote my last blog – maybe it’s because so much has taken place during February!! It has been a month of mostly highs but certainly one or two lows mixed in as I’ve learnt that training for a marathon involves a lot more than just running, in fact running can seem like the easy bit sometimes!!!
Karen Dunlop-Wainwright February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Erin Savage February 2018 Blog

As I write this it is currently less than 11 weeks until I run the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, a task that still seems so massive.  My training has been going well and I have managed to complete all of my planned runs, but marathon training definitely takes over your entire life!
Erin Savage February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Daniel McAlindon February 2018 Blog

Well after the early year snow and ice had melted and the roads cleared, I was officially out of excuses and had to start training.  After all, I’m running this marathon myself and unlike on a football field I don’t have anyone else to pick up my slack!
Daniel McAlindon February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Charlene Corbett February 2018 Blog

Well here we are almost at the end of February! 10 weeks until the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon...eek!
Charlene Corbett February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Catriona McErlean February 2018 Blog

A month of firsts, as I round off my third month of training.  Truthfully speaking, it hasn’t been without its challenges: niggling injuries (more about those later), balancing travel plans (see attached pic showing a chilly morning run in Rennes at the start of the month) along with our brutally cold weather -  it’s been quite the month. 
Catriona McErlean February 2018 Blog
26 February 2018

Andrew Addley February 2018 Blog

When I took up the challenge of running the Deep RiverRock Belfast Marathon, I knew it was going to be physically tough going.  However, I didn’t realise how mentally tough it would be as well.
Andrew Addley February 2018 Blog
25 January 2018

Sarah Scott January 2018 Blog

Are you mad?  You want to do a what? Are your sure about this How about something shorter, you could do a half again?  These are just some of the reactions I got when I told family and friends I wanted to do a marathon, nothing like a bit of support to instil confidence.
Sarah Scott January 2018 Blog
25 January 2018

Andrew Addley January 2018 Blog

I have never been a runner.  My journey started in June last year when my daughter said she would like to start running and asked if I would run with her.  Having spent most of my teenage and adult life playing PlayStation games, my only form of exercise at this point was playing golf (or spoiling a good walk depending on how the round was going!).  So I thought why not go out and get some proper exercise!
Andrew Addley January 2018 Blog
25 January 2018

Lisa Kerr January 2018 Blog

So write a blog they said...well this is all new! With my 40th Birthday fast approaching I thought it would be as good a time as ever to take on the challenge of my first ever marathon.  I applied to be a part of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon’s 26.2 Experiment Group, and to my shock and surprise I was accepted.  Gulp!
Lisa Kerr January 2018 Blog
25 January 2018

Paddy Kearney January 2018 Blog

My running journey began around 2013.  I was unfit, lazy, a recently quit smoker, and having celebrated the birth of my first child the year earlier, knew I needed to find a new hobby.   
Paddy Kearney January 2018 Blog
25 January 2018

Karen Fullerton January 2018 Blog

I’ve entered a few competitions on Facebook over the years.  Win a holiday, win a car, win a spa break, win a meal for two.  Never won.  Not a thing.  Nada. So as I sat on my sofa, mug of steaming coffee in hand, aimlessly scrolling through my timeline, clicking on a post to be in with a chance to win a place on the ‘Experiment 26.2 Group’, didn’t seem like a big deal.
Karen Fullerton January 2018 Blog
25 January 2018

Mick Hall January 2018 Blog

My running journey began in February 2016 as a 47 year old male of average fitness.  My wife Sandra was about to start the couch to 5Km group which was being held in Ward Park Bangor.  I went along to keep her company and see what it was all about.
Mick Hall January 2018 Blog
25 January 2018

Matthew Stubberfield January 2018 Blog

Just to introduce myself, my name is Matthew Stubberfield, I am currently a university student studying for a BA Honours degree in Liberal Arts with PE.  I also am a part time employee of Translink based in the Contact Centre.
Matthew Stubberfield January 2018 Blog
24 January 2018

Gareth Fullerton January 2018 Blog

It’s one thing signing up to do your first marathon, it is another thing actually going ahead and doing it!  That dawn of reality hit me last week when I met up with the other Experiment 26.2 Group members at Jungle NI.  It is a daunting proposition running a marathon, especially when you are approaching 41 years of age.
Gareth Fullerton January 2018 Blog
24 January 2018

Rachel Savage January 2018 Blog

The marathon journey begins!  Having dabbled with running over the years, I trained three to four times a week and completed by first half marathon in 2014.  Running was then put on the back burner as we helped our daughter Éirinn recover from a car crash and I became her full-time carer in the world of spinal cord injury rehabilitation.
Rachel Savage January 2018 Blog
24 January 2018

Daniel McAlinden January 2018 Blog

Well here goes, things have just started getting real.  Since first meeting with the Experiment 26.2 Group last week, reality is starting to kick in and I’m realising now that it’s time for me to get into gear and start training again.  After a prolonged Christmas break and a serious bout of the flu I am in quite possibly the worst shape I have ever been in!  Sure why would I ever make things easy on myself….
Daniel McAlinden January 2018 Blog
24 January 2018

Neil Darragh January 2018 Blog

At the time of writing my first blog for the Experiment 26.2 Group, it is 15 weeks until I will stand at the start line of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon.  That's 105 days, 14 hours, 37 minutes and 30 seconds to be precise, but who’s counting?!
Neil Darragh January 2018 Blog
23 January 2018

Rebekah Mercer January 2018 Blog

I can’t quite believe I’m even sitting down to write this… me running a marathon?!  That is honestly something I never thought I would be saying! I’ve never been described as ‘sporty’ in my life and was one of the people at school who opted for the ‘walking group’ in PE, but somehow I’ve ended up as part of the Experiment 26.2 Group, running a marathon in around 15 weeks!
Rebekah Mercer January 2018 Blog
23 January 2018

Karen Dunlop-Wainwright January 2018 Blog

Looking back and going forward… I know it’s not always good to look back, but on this occasion I thought it would be nice to start off my blog by reflecting on what has brought me to this point and my decision to sign up for the Experiment 26.2 Group in my bid to run a full marathon!
Karen Dunlop-Wainwright January 2018 Blog
23 January 2018

Erin Savage January 2018 Blog

My name’s Erin, I’m 35 years old and a mum of two.  I’ve spent the majority of my life firmly believing that you should only ever run if you’re being chased, however after the birth of my daughter I decided to try the Couch to 5k Programme in order to lose some weight.
Erin Savage January 2018 Blog
23 January 2018

Charlene Corbett January 2018 Blog

Well, let me introduce myself.. I'm Charley Corbett, I'm 37 and I live in Ballymoney Co. Antrim. Two years ago I FINALLY achieved my goal weight (losing 3 stone) after changing my whole lifestyle from the previous year! In order to maintain my weight...I decided to take up running . My brother is a decent runner, as was my grandfather and older brother too. It must be in the DNA...right?
Charlene Corbett January 2018 Blog
23 January 2018

Catriona McErlean January 2018 Blog

Right folks – here goes… my first blog post as part of our Experiment 26.2 experience. It’s safe to say that the reality has certainly kicked in at this stage, but first off, here’s a little bit about me and my running background so far…
Catriona McErlean January 2018 Blog