Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon

On Sunday 2nd May 2021 at 9.00am, around 2,000 participants are expected to set off on their 13.1 mile journey from Ormeau Embankment in a bid to complete the largest Half Marathon event in Northern Ireland, the 8th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon.

Women taking part in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon
Cost:£30 - £32
Event Time:09:00 am
Event Date:02 September 2021
Event Distance:13.1 KM

Running Events

History | Getting Started | Top Events


Running events are some of the most popular types of fitness events out there – and are one of the easiest to get in to, whilst being very tricky to master. Because of this, it is a great place to start when you want to get in to a fitness regime – but there is a lot more to it than simply placing one foot in front of the other!

Runners taking part in a running event


Brief History of Running

Competitive races are thought to have at first started (as with many sports) with the Ancient Greeks, though many other traces link it to the Egyptians, parts of Asia and many other parts of Africa. One of the earliest recorded event is from 1829 BCE at an Irish festival honouring the goddess Tailtiu in a series of sporting events known as the Tailteann Games. A thousand years later in 776 BCE, we have the first record of the Olympics in Greece, and this is likely where many forms of runs and marathons have their origins.

Since then many different type of events have come about – through the Olympic Games are still probably the most famous. Throughout the world events are held all the time from simple small 5k runs to enormous 26 mile sprints like the London Marathon.


How to get started in running events

Luckily it is one of the easiest sports to get in to – you just need to start moving! Starting off with small jogs and sprints is the best way to get started and then you can slowly start to increase distance to build yourself up to bigger and better runs. I’d suggest started off with something like a 5K as this is not too challenging but long enough for you to get a real sense for what is involved in the sport. You can read our article here all about how to prepare for your first 5K which will give you some more insight on how to get your training started.

Once you get started you will quickly see there is a lot more to taking on a run than simply getting out there and jogging. If you are looking to get serious then you may want to start investing in some good gear – a good pair of running trainers is the best place to start. You can also invest in a lot of other running specific clothing too though be warned things can start to get expensive.


Running Races Near Me

There are quite a lot of different runs to choose from depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we list some of the best running events in the UK, if you know what type of event you want you can click one of the links below to find out more;

 

Fun Runs  | 5K Runs  | 10K Runs  | Half Marathons  | Marathons

 


Top Running Events in 2020

We have picked out the best events taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Running Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.

Bournemouth Marathon

Although we have picked this particular event, there are actually 4 different events taking place at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival so you really do have the widest choice available to suit your ability. Not only does it have great options but also stunning scenery, it takes place along the coastline and also the iconic Bournemouth pier. We have been to the Half Marathon event before so check out our review here.

Find out more about the 2020 Bournemouth Marathon

 


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The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon Course

For the first time in Belfast City Marathon history, the date of the event will change temporarily in 2021 to Sunday 19th September (due to COVID-19). There will be 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 events will start at Stormont Estate and finish in Ormeau Park with the exception of the Fun Run which will start and finish in Stormont.   

The event will be held on a Sunday again after Belfast made history hosting the event on a Sunday for the first time in 2019. 

In 2021 the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is sponsored by Deep RiverRock, Athletics Northern Ireland, Daily Mirror, Belfast City Council, Better, Translink, Spar, Belfast Live, Framar Health, Tayto, Cool FM (Downtown Radio and Downtown Country) and Four Star Pizza.  

This year’s Official Charity Partner is Cancer Focus Northern Ireland. 

If you have any queries, please email us at info@belfastcitymarathon.org

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