Belfast City Marathon – 2024 Registration & 2023 Results

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Belfast, Northern Ireland May 5, 2024 Registration Closed

The Belfast City Marathon, held annually over the May Bank Holiday weekend, takes place in the city of Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is known as the largest mass sport participatory event in Northern Ireland, attracting approximately 15,000-18,000 participants across various events. These events include the marathon itself, a wheelchair race, a team relay, and an 8-mile walk. Additionally, the organizers host the largest Half Marathon event in Northern Ireland, held in September.

The Belfast City Marathon holds the prestigious AIMS certification as a recognized race. However, in 2019, the organizers issued an apology when it was discovered that the marathon course was 0.3 miles longer than the standard marathon distance. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 edition of the race was canceled. Registrants were given the choice of participating virtually or transferring their entry to 2021, 2022, or 2023. To adapt to the circumstances, the 2021 event was rescheduled from May to October 2021, ensuring the safety and well-being of participants.

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Belfast City Marathon

Race Categories, Dates, Registration, Eligibility & Fees

Marathon^^ Team Relay^ 8 Mile walk
Distance 42.2 km 42.2 km 12.9 km (approx.)
Start Time 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am
Eligibility Criterion 18 years & above 16 years & above 16 years & above
Fees (Affiliated) £ 48 & Up £ 120 & Up £ 30 & Up
Fees (Non-Affiliated) £ 50 & Up £ 120 & Up £ 30 & Up
Registration Registration closed Registration closed Registration closed
Expo Details Venue: Titanic Exhibition Centre, 17 Queens Road, Belfast
Date & Timings: May 3rd (11:30am – 5:30pm) & May 4th (10:30am – 5:30pm)

^ The relay event is open to teams of two to five people. The teams can be all-male, all-female or mixed.
^^ Wheelchair Marathon entries also available

Route / Course Map

Information about the course maps & other details for the Belfast City Marathon 2024 detailed below

Marathon/ Wheelchair Run/ Relay* 8 Mile Walk
Course Map (PDF) Marathon Course Map 8 mile Course Map
Course Map (Video) Marathon Video Map

* The Team Relay consists of 5 legs, of varying distance, with changeover points across the route. The team relay leg distances are
– LEG 1: Stormont Estate – Montgomery Road, 4.1 miles.
– LEG 2: Montgomery Road – Boucher Road,7.4 miles.
– LEG 3: Boucher Road – Falls Road, 4.2 miles.
– LEG 4: Falls Road – North Queen Street, 5.2 miles.
– LEG 5: North Queen Street – Ormeau Park 5.3 miles.

The Belfast City Marathon route is a POINT TO POINT course with the below mentioned Start and Finish points:

Start Point Finish Point
Stormont Estate, Prince of Wales Avenue Ormeau Park

Prize Money

Information about the prizes/ awards for the Belfast City Marathon 2024 is detailed below

MARATHON & WHEELCHAIR  Open Northern Ireland Veteran# Wheelchair
1st Prize £ 4,000 £ 1,250 £ 120 £ 450
2nd Prize £ 2,250 £ 750 £ 250
3rd Prize £ 1,200 £ 500 £ 125
4th Prize £ 600 £ 250
5th Prize £ 300

# Veteran age groups are: Over 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70 and 75+

1st Prize Male/ Female/ Mixed: £600** + 5x Concert tickets sponsored by Cool FM
Junior: £300 cash per team.
Corporate: 5x Concert tickets sponsored by Cool FM
2nd Prize Male/ Female/ Mixed: £300** + 5x Concert tickets sponsored sponsored by Cool FM
Junior: £150 cash per team.
3rd Prize Male/ Female/ Mixed: 5x Concert tickets sponsored by Cool FM
Junior: £100 cash per team.

Points to Note for Prize Purse

  • The Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon operates a ‘one person, one prize’ policy.
  • For Marathon & Wheelchair Run, the awards are equal for Male and Female participants
  • Participants in the Marathon Run who are placed in more than one category are awarded the prize of greater value.
  • For Team relay, prizes will be awarded to each winning “Team”. Cash prizes are per team (not per person)
  • For Junior Team Relay, all male, all female & mixed teams will have the opportunity to win the cash prizes mentioned

2023 and Earlier Edition Results



Important Points

  • Affiliated/ Non Affiliated: If you hold a valid Athletics membership in the UK and Ireland, you are eligible for a discount and can register the Marathon or Half Marathon events as an Affiliated (registered) runner.
  • Assisted/ Guided Runner: If running with a guide/assistant, please contact the marathon office. A carer, guide or any other runner in a support role is eligible for one complimentary entry.
  • Cancellation/ Refund: Belfast City Marathon operates a strict no refund policy. If you decide to cancel your entry, you accept that all entry fees are non-refundable and may not be deferred towards a future event.
  • Checkpoints for 8mile walk: There will be TWO walk checkpoints on the 8 Mile Walk route. All walk entrants must bring their walk checkpoint card* with them on the day as these will be stamped at the checkpoints
  • Deferment due to injury: If you need to defer your place to the following year due to injury, you must send a medical certificate from your GP or Physio directly to the Marathon Office on This must be done 2 weeks prior to Race Day for each Event for consideration by the Event Manager.
  • Disqualification: Disqualification can be enforced upon the partaking of any of the following: Urination in any area other than that of designated toilets on route, Swapping numbers, Deviation from run route, Tampering with timing chip, Refusing to obey the instruction of race official, or who conducts themselves in unsportsmanlike manner, or who uses offensive actions or language to race officials, volunteers, participants, or spectators.
  • Ear Phones: In ear headphones are not permitted. Bone conducting headphones such as Aftershokz are allowed. Please see the Athletics Northern Ireland rule on in-ear or over the ear headphones as of 1st January 2018.
  • Not Allowed: No participant may bring dogs, baby joggers, baby strollers, skateboards, rollerblades, hand cycles, unauthorised bicycles or any other wheeled device on the course.
  • Pacers are available
  • Running the 8 Mile Walk event is not allowed
  • Sale/ swapping /bartering of a Belfast City Marathon or Half Marathon entry is strictly forbidden.
  • Terms & Conditions: When registering for any of the Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon and Half Marathon events, terms and conditions are available to view and must be accepted by each participant before processing an entry. A copy of these terms and conditions can also be found here.
  • Transfer: If you would like to transfer your entry to another person/group, you must contact the Marathon Office directly on or telephone +44 28 9060 5933 for permission and further instruction.
  • Walking: Walking is allowed in the 26.2 Marathon as long as it can be completed in under 6 hrs
  • Wheelchair: In line with UK Athletics guidance, only hand propelled wheelchairs and aided / pushed wheelchairs are permitted – wheelchair and aided / pushed wheelchair participants MUST contact the event organisers in advance to secure permission and to complete a risk assessment. Wheelchair and aided / pushed wheelchair participants must start to at the back of the race, and the device must meet UK Athletics requirements.
  • Time limit applicable on the course for after which the course is thrown open to normal traffic
    – Marathon / Relay/ Wheelchair Run –6 hrs
    – 8 Mile walk- 2 hrs 30 min

Contact Information

Mailing address: Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, Upper Malone Road, Belfast BT17 9LA
Tel: 028 9060 5922


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