History of the Belfast City Marathon  


The Belfast City Marathon first launched in 1982 with 3021 taking part in a marathon only event.  The marathon course started at the old Maysfield Leisure Centre and Greg Hannon was the winner in a time of two hours, 20 minutes and 25 seconds.  Sue Boreham was the first woman across the line in a time of 3 hours, 11 minutes and 26 seconds.  The event would take place on May Day Bank Holiday Monday each year.  Photo credit:  Ian Finn (1982)

1989 - the Team Relay event was introduced for teams of 2-5 runners, generating over £1.1M annually for local charities

1997 - the 8 Mile Walk and Fun Run events were introduced making the event the largest mass sport participatory event in Northern Ireland

2013 - the Half Marathon September event was launched 

2019 - the Marathon, Team Relay, Walk and Fun Run events took place on a Sunday for the first time ever

2020 - all events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2022 - the Belfast City Marathon celebrated it's 40th year

2023 - the Belfast City Half Marathon celebrates its 10th year


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