September date for Belfast City Marathon

The organisers of the Deep RiverRock Belfast Marathon hope the event will be able to go ahead in September with a large field of runners.

Thursday, 28th January 2021, 2:35 pm
Updated Thursday, 28th January 2021, 2:38 pm

Last year, the marathon was cancelled due to Covid-19 after it was postponed until September.

A virtual half marathon will be held this year on the traditional May Bank Holiday date, with the headline event scheduled for September 19.

“Moving the Half Marathon virtually will enable everyone to get involved safely,” said Belfast City Marathon chairman John Allen.

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The organisers of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon hope the event can go ahead with a mass field in September.

“It is important at this time that we try to keep some type of routine and we believe that this temporary change of order will help motivate people physically and mentally.

“The 39th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon will now take place on Sunday 19 September and we are encouraging all to support our event as we work together to bring back some ‘normality’ safely.

“The 2021 race will return to a Stormont start and finish in Ormeau Park with a few revisions, including a new team relay changeover point on Montgomery Road.”

The virtual Belfast Half Marathon will take place from May 1-3 with all runners completing the 13.1-mile distance close to their home, and adhering to government guidelines for exercise and social distancing.

Entrants must complete the distance in one session and upload their results before midnight on Monday, May 3.

Registered participants will receive a Decathlon tech t-shirt and medal in their pack once the event is completed, while £5 from each entry fee will be donated to the marathon’s official charity partner Cancer Focus NI.

The final deadline for registration is Friday, April 23 and online entry is available at

Kathryn Holland, Outdoor Events Manager, Cancer Focus NI, said:

“We are delighted to be the official charity for this year’s events. We are very grateful to all our faithful supporters who we know will be signing up to run for us. We also look forward to seeing you in September.”

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