Experiment 26.2 Group take on the “marathon” challenge of completing 26.2 miles in May!

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Experiment 26.2 Group take on the “marathon” challenge of completing 26.2 miles in May!

Have you always wanted to run a marathon but felt you didn’t know where to start?  Or simply didn’t think you could EVER run a marathon?

The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon has recruited 18 people from all walks of life, who will be taking on the challenge of running a marathon for the first time.  These amazing folk form the Experiment 26.2 Group and will be Ambassadors for the 7th May 2018 event.

Over the next few months the group will receive expert training and nutrition advice, classes and Athletics Northern Ireland membership which will help, motivate and support the team, ensuring they are all equipped to take on 26.2 miles and cross the finish line on May Day!

The group have just completed their first monthly blogs, which encapsulates their experiences so far.  The thought of taking on a marathon challenge can be very daunting but equally exciting. The Experiment 26.2 Group have certainly conveyed this in their stories and there is no doubt that they will all motivate each other on their marathon training journey.

Matthew Stubberfield from Translink is just one of the group taking on 26.2 miles for the first time.  At 20 years old he has clocked up 4 years of running miles already, having taken part in cross-country, 5K, 10K and half marathon races.  He’s ready to take on the biggest running challenge of his life in May.

Sarah Scott from Belfast Live and the Daily Mirror joins the group having completed the Great North Run half marathon twice but never thought she could take on a full marathon challenge.  She recalls a friend asking her:

“Can you imagine getting to the finish line of the Great North Run and then having to turn back and do it again?”

A daunting task but Sarah is ready for the challenge, as are the rest of the Experiment 26.2 Group.  Some have only started running in the last 12 months, demonstrating that mind over matter is very powerful; YOU could run a marathon too!

The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon hopes that you will follow the Experiment 26.2 Group over the coming months and help motivate and cheer them on.  You can follow their progress online at www.belfastcitymarathon.com/training-blogs and on the event social media sites Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Who knows, maybe it will motivate you to take on your first running challenge and join them on 7th May for either the Marathon Run & Wheelchair Race, Marathon Team Relay, 8 Mile Walk or Fun Run.

SIGN UP before midnight on 28th February 2018 to avail of the current entry rate at www.belfastcitymarathon.com  or contact the office directly on 028 9060 5933.

The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon is sponsored by Athletics Northern Ireland, Daily Mirror, Belfast City Council, Translink, Daily Mirror, ASICS, Intersport, Centra, Belfast Live and U105. Sampling partners are Musgrave Retailers, Deep RiverRock, Linwoods, Tayto and White Oats.