ATHLETICS: Countdown to Deep RiverRock Belfast City half marathon hots up

Newbies Christina Crawford, Communications Manager with CLIC Sargent and Johnny Kirkpatrick, Event Assistant with Belfast City Half Marathon

Newbies Christina Crawford, Communications Manager with CLIC Sargent and Johnny Kirkpatrick, Event Assistant with Belfast City Half Marathon

With less than seven weeks to the 2nd Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon, the organisers’ are delighted to announce two new starts to the organizing team.

Johnny Kirkpatrick has taken up a post as Event Assistant with the Belfast City Marathon and is looking forward to assisting at one of the biggest half marathons in Ireland on Sunday September 14. Johnny is from Ballymena and is a keen sportsman who can regularly be seen running the country roads of Broughshane or cycling through the trails at Tardree Forest;

“I am delighted to become part of the team at Belfast City Marathon and can’t wait to experience my first half marathon. With over 1500 participants already registered, I am confident we will get another couple of thousand and look forward to seeing everyone cross the finish line at the King’s Hall.”

Official Charity for the event, CLIC Sargent NI are also welcoming a new edition to their team, Christina Crawford who has taken her new role as Communications Manager. Not only does Christina intend on promoting the event pre-race day but she has also signed up to run the event for the charity;

“I decided to sign up for the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon because since starting in my new position, I have been truly inspired by the amazing young people that I have met so far and deeply privileged to share the stories of their cancer journeys.

From first hand, I can see how much the second home is needed for young people as their parents can feel really stressed out about living far away from the hospital – with the worry of how long it will take to get there if something goes wrong – not to mention the financial strain that is involved in making trips of up to 95 miles a day to visit your child in cancer treatment. I hope to practice what I preach and raise some money towards the home myself. I can’t run to save my life but I’ll try my best!”

CLIC Sargent’s campaign “Run for Home” is geared at raising money to help open a second home for teenagers and young people receiving treatment at the City Hospital, so their families can receive free accommodation.

Online entries are available now and runners can register at the brand new website at www.belfastcityhalfmarathon.net. Deadline date for entries is Sunday August 31– no entries will be accepted after this date. The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is sponsored by Athletics Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, Daily Mirror, ASICS and U105. This year’s official charity is CLIC Sargent Northern Ireland.




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