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Entries now open for new look Belfast City Marathon

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The launch of the 2019 Belfast City Marathon at Stormont. L-R David Seaton MBE (Chairman of Belfast City Marathon), Elly McKee (Deep RiverRock), Noel Thompson (BBC Presenter and Ambassador of Stroke Association), Shirley McCay (Womens Hockey World Cup Finalist and Cancer Focus NI Ambassador), Jackie Fullerton MBE (Sports Journalist and Ambassador for BART), Rhys McClenaghan (Gold Medal Gymnast and Ambassador for Action Mental Health), Mike Patton (Air Ambulance NI) and the Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast Emmet McDonough-Brown. ©Press Eye/Darren Kidd

Entries have now opened for the 2019 Belfast City Marathon.

The event will be celebrating its 38th year on Sunday May 5 with a new look route.

Dubbed "flatter and faster" the new route will start on the grounds of the iconic Stormont Estate.

In 2019 the event will be taking place on a Sunday for the first time and entrants will be able to sign up with a new MyTicket App.

An early rate for entrants will apply until 31st October 2018. 

The event returns with a full line up to suit all levels of fitness including the marathon and wheelchair race, the team relay, 8 mile walk and fun run, all with brand new improved routes.

All events will start at Stormont except for the fun run which will start and finish at Ormeau Park.

David Seaton MBE, Chairman of the Belfast City Marathon organising committee has been involved with the event from the beginning.

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The route the new Belfast Marathon will take. Credit: Belfast City Council

“Few of us involved in the inaugural event in 1982 could have imagined that the Belfast City Marathon would still be in existence some 37 years later, albeit in a slightly different and more inclusive format.

"May 2019 will see us break with tradition as we unveil and explore a fresh 26 miles 385 yards route in and around Belfast and deliver the competition on a Sunday.

"These are two major changes which we hope will result in greater participation numbers and add to the enjoyment of the athletes and spectators alike.”

“I have a feeling of excitement as we explore this new sporting ground and look forward to helping deliver a memorable day’s competition at what is Northern Ireland’s biggest mass participation sporting event.”

Entries are now open at www.belfastcitymarathon.com via the brand new MyTicket App.

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The launch of the 2019 Belfast City Marathon at Stormont. L-R David Seaton MBE (Chairman of Belfast City Marathon), Elly McKee (Deep RiverRock), Noel Thompson (BBC Presenter and Ambassador of Stroke Association), Shirley McCay (Womens Hockey World Cup Finalist and Cancer Focus NI Ambassador), Jackie Fullerton MBE (Sports Journalist and Ambassador for BART), Rhys McClenaghan (Gold Medal Gymnast and Ambassador for Action Mental Health), Mike Patton (Air Ambulance NI) and the Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast Emmet McDonough-Brown. ©Press Eye/Darren Kidd
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The route the new Belfast Marathon will take. Credit: Belfast City Council