Get set to eat healthy with the first ever Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon School Cook Off

09 January 2020

During the month of February, the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon will be celebrating their official health month with a full schedule of activities, promotional visits and competitions planned across Northern Ireland with Official Sponsors helping keep YOU healthy and active in 2020.

Secondary School Cook Off

L-R Elaine Riddell (Senior Marketing Officer, Belfast City Marathon), Katie from Belfast and Bronagh Luke (Head of Corporate Marketing at Henderson Group)

The organisers are delighted to announce a brand new competition for Secondary School pupils across Northern Ireland.  They are inspiring pupils to get involved and submit a healthy recipe, focusing on locally sourced ingredients which can be bought from your local SPAR store.  The recipe can be either a breakfast, lunch or dinner dish – one which encourages pupils to stay full and healthy for longer.


Bronagh Luke (Head of Corporate Marketing at Henderson Group) said:

We are delighted to be involved with this new health initiative focusing on Secondary Schools and a younger audience.  At SPAR we are passionate about encouraging our shoppers, retailers and employees to eat healthy and enjoy regular exercise.  With over SPAR 290 stores across Northern Ireland, SPAR is committed to bringing communities together and creating enjoyable, family experiences.  The new Secondary Schools Cook Off is a perfect way to encourage healthier eating in school and at home.”

Five recipes will be selected by a panel and put to the public vote on Belfast Live to select their favourite from Monday 17th February through to midnight Thursday 20th February.

The winning school will receive £250 cash from Belfast City Marathon, £100 SPAR Gift Voucher, Tayto Castle Tour AND each pupil in the class will receive a goodie bag (maximum of 25).  All four runner up schools will receive £100 cash from Belfast City Marathon.


Ready to take on the challenge?   

Your school can download an application form now HERE.

Forms must be completed and submitted with your recipe, accompanied by an image of your dish via email to or post to the Marathon Office by Friday 7th February. 

The 39th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon will take place from the iconic Stormont Estate on Sunday 3rd May 2020, with 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.   Participants are encouraged to #MakeItCount in 2020 and run, walk or wheel for Official Charity Partner, Cancer Focus NI to help more people survive from cancer.

Entries can be made via mobile or desktop at with a middle rate available until Friday 28th February 2020.  Final entry will be on 10th April 2020.

The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is sponsored by Athletics Northern Ireland, Daily Mirror, Belfast City Council, Better, Cool FM (Downtown Radio and Downtown Country), Translink, SPAR, Belfast Live, Framar Health, Decathlon Belfast, Tayto and Four Star Pizza.  This year’s official charity is Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.