FAQs 

Can I take part in any of the Marathon, Team Relay, 8 Mile Walk or Half Marathon events with a pushchair, dog or wheeled device?

No participant may bring dogs, baby joggers, baby strollers, skateboards, rollerblades, hand cycles, unauthorised bicycles or any other wheeled device on the course, except for hand propelled wheelchairs in the mass race (wheelchair participants must contact the organiser in advance).  Due to the competitive nature of our May event with the inclusion of thousands of relay team runners, it would not be a safe environment for the inclusion of baby joggers and strollers, especially at the crowded relay changeover points.  Likewise for the Half Marathon due to the flat and fast nature of the competitive course. 

Can I take part in the Fun Run with a pushchair, dog or wheeled device?

No participant may bring dogs, skateboards, rollerblades, hand cycles or unauthorised bicycles.  However hand propelled wheelchairs and baby joggers / baby strollers are permitted provided that every child / adult in a wheelchair and / or baby jogger / baby stroller is registered in the Fun Run event.  Participants in this category must contact the race organiser in advance for Health and Safety / Insurance purposes. 

Can I run with headphones?

In ear headphones are not permitted.  Bone conducting headphones such as Aftershokz are allowed.  Please see the Athletics Northern Ireland rule on in-ear or over the ear headphones as of 1st January 2018.  

Do I need to complete the Marathon or Team Relay (May) in a given time?

Yes participants must complete the Marathon race or Team Relay within 6 hours.  If you feel you may not be able to finish in this time, please consider our full range of race day options to suit all levels of fitness.  We also host an 8 Mile Walk and a Fun Run option.  If you have any queries on this, please contact us at info@belfastcitymarathon.org  

Do I need to complete the 8 Mile Walk in a given time?

Yes participants must complete the 8 Mile Walk event within 3 hours.  

Do I need to complete the Half Marathon in a given time?

Yes participants must complete the Half Marathon within 3 hours. 

Can I walk the 26.2 miles main marathon event?

Yes, but it must be completed in under 6 hours. Alternatively, there is an 8 Mile Walk event option. 

Can I run the 8 Mile Walk event?

No, this is a walking event only with designated walk checkpoints.  Anyone attempting to run this event may be disqualified on the day.

Can I walk the Half Marathon event?

No, the half marathon race is a competitive event and must be completed in under 3 hours.   

Can I cancel my entry?

Belfast City Marathon operates a strict no refund policy. If you decide to cancel your entry, you accept that all entry fees are non-refundable and may not be deferred towards a future event.

If you would like to transfer your entry to another person/group or defer your place to the following year, you must contact the Marathon Office directly on info@belfastcitymarathon.org or telephone +44 28 9060 5933 for permission and further instruction. This must be done 2 weeks prior to Race Day for each Event for consideration by the Event Manager.

*Please note transfers and deferrals are only valid for 1 year

What happens if Belfast City Marathon cancels the event?

Belfast City Marathon may cancel the Event if circumstances beyond their control arise, including, without limitation, war, epidemic, civil or political unrest, terrorism or inclement weather conditions. In such circumstances we will contact you via email, mobile phone, text message, television and radio broadcast. You will receive a refund of the Fee if it was you that paid it, unless you choose another option that the company offers (e.g. deferment or virtual). Refund of entry fees are only valid for 8 weeks after announcement of cancellation. 

In the event of a cancellation of the Event/entry, Belfast City Marathon will have no responsibility for any costs incurred as a result of the cancellation which may include travel or accommodation costs.

Where can I find terms and conditions of entry?

When registering for any of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon and Half Marathon events, terms and conditions are available to view and must be accepted by each participant before processing an entry.  A copy of these terms and conditions can also be found HERE.

What is the difference between an Affiliated (registered) runner and non Affiliated (unregistered) runner?

If you hold a valid Athletics membership in the UK and Ireland, you are eligible for a discount and can register the Marathon or Half Marathon events as an Affiliated (registered) runner.   

Is the marathon race AIMS certified?

The 2021 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 26.2 miles course is AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) certified.   

Where can I find details on transport to Stormont Estate?

Free shuttle buses will be in operation on race day.  Details to follow.

Where can I find details on Team Relay transport?

Free shuttle buses will be in operation on race day. Details can be found in the Team Relay section.

Which car parks are available on race day?

There are a number of car parks available on race day (some free). Details will be confirmed in the Traffic section soon.