Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon 2014 launched:

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Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon launched:

Following the success of the inaugural Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon in 2013, the organisers have decided to make this an annual occurrence, and this morning (Thursday 20th February 2014) they launched their second event which will take place on Sunday 14th September 2014.

The event is an extension of the hugely popular Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, which enjoys its 33rd running this year on Monday 5th May 2014.

Danny O’Connor, Chairman of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon organising committee, commented: “We were overwhelmed with the participant numbers of our first half marathon event in 2013 and due to this success we are delighted to announce we will hold the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon on an annual basis.

For the 2014 event, we have chosen to start and finish at the same location, due to its shorter timescale, so have chosen the King’s Hall Pavilion site at Balmoral. This site lends itself to easy access for both motorways along with plenty of car parking spaces, making it easier for participants and spectators alike. Our route will again showcase the city of Belfast by passing major landmarks including Queen’s University, Belfast City Hall, Albert Clock and the Titanic Quarter.” Danny remarked. “To celebrate the success, we have a brand new website for our Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon, so I urge everyone interested to visit this today and sign up at www.belfastcityhalfmarathon.net

Launching the new Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon, the Lord Mayor, Mairtin O Muilleoir, said: “Half marathons are hugely popular events, and I congratulate the organisers of the Belfast City Marathon on taking this step.  As a keen runner I am delighted that our city will host another great running event and I am sure it will be hugely successful, with both local runners and those from further afield, and I wish everyone involved all the best for September.”

Rob Crabbe, Island of Ireland Sponsorship Manager continued: “In 2013 we were delighted to be title sponsor of the first Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon and were thrilled with the huge numbers of participants and level of commitment shown by each individual on the day.  Deep RiverRock are once again delighted to be continuing the title sponsorship of this event and we look forward to meeting the hydration needs of the runners, during their training for the event and at the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon!”

Teresa Sloan, Appeal Director with CLIC Sargent, said:  “The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon promises to be yet another fantastic event and one that is sure to be well supported.  CLIC Sargent is delighted to have been selected as the event’s official charity.  2014 is a big year for the charity, as we have recently opened Northern Ireland’s first ever ‘Home from Home’ for families of young children undergoing cancer treatments at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and are working towards developing a second Home from Home specifically designed for teenagers and young adults which will be located in close proximity to the City Hospital.  So, if you’re interested in getting involved in the 2014 half marathon, why not do it and ‘Run for Home’ for CLIC Sargent? Your training and fundraising efforts will leave a lasting legacy for children and young people with cancer in Northern Ireland”.

The new Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon will start and finish at the King’s Hall. Details of the exact route can be found on the new website. Online entry is available now at www.belfastcityhalfmarathon.net