Belfast Marathon

The Belfast Marathon is a marathon run every year in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The marathon was held on May Day each year for 36 years (1982 to 2017), changing to 5 May for 2019. In 2018 2,200 runners finished the race.

Belfast Marathon
The inflatable archway outside Belfast City Hall, at the start of the route for all competitors.
LocationBelfast, Northern Ireland
Event typeMarathon
Distance26.7 miles (43 km)
Primary sponsorDeep River Rock
Course recordsMen's: 2:13:41 (2012)
Negewo Ararisa
Women's: 2:36:50 (2013)
Nataliya Lehonkova
Official siteBelfast Marathon
Participants3,756 (2019)

The race is divided into several categories: mens, ladies, relay, veterans and wheelchair. It is organised jointly by Belfast City Council and Northern Ireland Athletics. In 2005 the route was changed to provide runners with a flatter course. This proved unpopular, as it took runners along roads such as the Sydenham by-pass, which were devoid of spectators. In 2006 the original route was reinstated, starting at the City Hall and passing both the Shankill and the Falls, finishing in Ormeau Park. The 2011 route was unchanged from the previous two years. In 2019 a new, flatter route was introduced.


Men's Winners
1982Gregory Hannon Northern Ireland2:20:25
1983Paul Craig Northern Ireland2:20:14
1984Andy Daly Scotland2:18:01
1985Marty Deane Northern Ireland2:15:51
1986Marty Deane Northern Ireland2:16:05
1987Calum Bark Scotland2:17:47
1988Thomas Hughes Northern Ireland2:19:00
1989Ian Bloomfield England2:20:45
1990Jerry Kiernan Ireland2:18:58
1991Joel Kipchumba Kenya2:18:56
1992Jerry Kiernan Ireland2:20:52
1993Gerard McGrath Ireland2:18:12
1994Terry Mitchell Scotland2:20:24
1995John Ferrin Northern Ireland2:18:42
1996Terry Mitchell Scotland2:21:36
1997John Ferrin Northern Ireland2:20:17
1998Thomas Hughes Northern Ireland2:23:33
1999Samuel Okemwa Kenya2:20:58
2000Wilson Cheruiyot Kenya2:24:13
2001Joseph Riri Kenya2:26:00
2002Simon Pride Scotland2:22:21
2003Lezan Kimutai Kenya2:17:09
2004Peter Edukan Kenya2:23:51
2005Eric Kiplagat Kenya2:22:20
2006Stephen Ndungu Kenya2:16:51
2007John Mutai Kenya2:16:24
2008John Mutai Kenya2:16:31
2009John Mutai Kenya2:17:35
2010Urga Negewo Ethiopia2:16:53
2011Jacob Chesire Kenya2:14:56
2012Negewo Ararisa Ethiopia2:13:41
2013Joel Kipsang Kenya2:19:28
2014Freddy Sittuk Kenya2:18:30
2015Joel Kositany Kenya2:19:36
2016Joel Kositany Kenya2:17:39
2017Bernard Rotich Kenya2:16:04
2018Eric Koech Kenya2:18:19
2018Joel Kositany Kenya2:17:09
Women's Winners
1982Susan Boreham Northern Ireland3:11:26
1983Roma McConville Northern Ireland2:58:07
1984Theresa Kidd Northern Ireland2:47:33
1985Moira O'Boyle Northern Ireland2:45:40
1986Moira O'Neill Northern Ireland2:43:26
1987Theresa Kidd Northern Ireland2:48:28
1988Theresa Kidd Northern Ireland2:49:10
1989Rosaleen Hayden Ireland2:58:31
1990Eleanor Hill Ireland2:50:07
1991Brenda McNamara Ireland2:55:25
1992Catherine Smyth Ireland2:42:41
1993Catherine Smyth Ireland2:45:05
1994Catherine Smyth Ireland2:44:42
1995Patricia Griffin Ireland2:53:10
1996Trudi Thomson Scotland2:44:57
1997Olive Nolan Ireland2:55:10
1998Jackie Newton England2:57:25
1999Barbara Brewer Northern Ireland2:58:49
2000Mary Jennings Ireland3:02:31
2001Debra Curley England2:56:05
2002Trudi Thomson Scotland2:49:39
2003Trudi Thomson Scotland2:45:48
2004Julia Myatt England2:52:52
2005Lemma Urge Ethiopia2:41:33
2006Joyce Kandie Kenya2:43:11
2007Desse Demelesh Ethiopia2:46:45
2008Marshet Jimma Ethiopia2:39:22
2009Joyce Kandie Kenya2:47:44
2010Sarah Stradling England2:44:03
2011Vera Ovcharuk Ukraine2:46:04
2012Alice Chelangat Kenya2:39:02
2013Nataliya Lehonkova Ukraine2:36:50
2014Bayrush Shiferaw Ethiopia2:41:20
2015Berhan Gebremichael Ethiopia2:40:57
2016Berhan Gebremichael Ethiopia2:48:26
2017Laura Graham United Kingdom2:41:47
2018Caroline Chepkwony Kenya2:41:23
2019Caroline Jepchirchir Kenya2:34:55


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