Belfast City Marathon 2013 – Supporting Cancer Focus NI

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Belfast has its own full-length marathon, the “Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 2013”, which is run over a course of 26 miles and 385 yards (42.195 km), the distance agreed by the International Olympic Committee.

Today, it was announced that Belfast is to host its first ever half- marathon. The event has been penciled-in for Sunday morning, September 22nd 2013.

The former event – the full Belfast City Marathon 2013 – will be run for the thirty-second time on Bank-Holiday Monday, May 6th 2013. The route will take runners from the starting point at City Hall to the finishing line at Ormeau Park. Friday 5th April will be the last day upon which entrants can apply to take part after which day, entrants will be obliged to pay a “late fee” of £20.00.

Running a marathon such as the Belfast City Marathon 2013 is literally a life-altering experience if you have not run one before. Although there are highly-detailed fitness plans allowing you to prepare successfully for a marathon, there is little that can prepare you for the exhilaration or euphoria of crossing the finishing line.

It is a truly remarkable achievement. So good for you if you have planned to take part or are giving serious thought to the idea of taking part in either the Belfast City Marathon 2013 or the Belfast City Half-Marathon 2013.

We can help you avoid or recover from injury

Physiotherapy & Massage | Bangor Clinic can help you prepare for either the Belfast City Half-Marathon 2013 or the Belfast City Marathon 2013 if you plan to give either a go this year.

The official charity for the event is Cancer Focus Northern Ireland. As such, 10% of the cost of your massage or physiotherapy sessions with us will go towards Cancer Focus Northern Ireland. Simply contact us on 028 9127 2267 to book a consultation.

I ran the Dublin City Marathon in 2011 and enjoyed the route immensely (especially the part with the bright yellow plastic tape across the road) after 26 miles and 385 yards. Choosing the right pair of shoes, getting plenty of rest and structuring your marathon training plan are vital. Yet, so many runners pick up injuries early on in their preparation despite these precautions. If untreated these injuries can worsen with the result that they are forced off the road for several days or weeks!

This is exactly what happened to me in preparing for the Belfast City Marathon in 2011. I found that any training run longer than 12-13 miles resulted in pains down my ITB’s (Ilio Tibial Band). These are thick bands of fascia that run down either side of your leg. For some reason known only to my maker, mine are particularly short. I am not particularly good at doing the splits either, but that is a blog post for another time.

In the course of my preparation, my ITB’s were clobbered as I ran longer distances on my Sunday long-distance training runs. I literally hobbled around for for a day or two in the aftermath of an arduous run. To make matters worse, I developed Plantar Fasciitis (PF), which was only resolved after a programme of physiotherapy and rest.

Common Marathon Training Injuries

Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue on the sole of the foot.  It is a common enough injury caused by overuse of the foot as it lands repetitively on a hard surface. Running long distances means that you put all your body weight on each foot thousands of times! This naturally creates the opportunity for something to go wrong.

In addition to plantar fasciitis, marathon runners (and long-distance runners) can be susceptible to a number of common injuries. These include:

  • Patella Tendonitis
  • Patella-Femoral Joint Dysfunction
  • Ilio Tibial Band Friction Syndrome
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Shin Splints

If you take steps QUICKLY to resolve any niggling pain, you avoid jeopardising months of training. Do not let your plan or dream of running the Belfast City Marathon in 2013 be ruined by overlooking a niggling pain or ache that could have been sorted out easily and early on in your marathon training plan.

As a runner who runs every day or second day, I know the sacrifices entailed in preparing for a marathon. My social life took a back seat. Sunday-morning lie-ins were put on hold for a while. I had to be vigilant about the amount of rest I took and had to forego all manner of other activities.

Marathon Physiotherapy & Massage Programme

If you are taking part on September 22nd or May 6th, we wish you the very best with your training and preparation. We know that the race does not begin on either of those dates. In fact the race begins on the first day of your first training week.  It is therefore crucial to avoid any injury that risks keeping you off the road on precious training days.

As part of our Belfast City Marathon 2013 Physiotherapy & Massage programme, we aim to keep you on the road and free from any injuries caused by strain or over-exertion.

Please call us on 028 9127 2267 to learn about our Belfast City Marathon 2013 Physiotherapy & Massage programme. Alternatively, you can visit our booking page to request a call-back.

The cheering crowds along the route, the thrill of taking part with so many other first-time (or experienced) marathon runners just like you and the the unbridled joy of knowing that you have achieved such a momentous lifetime goal will be the rewards for all those early mornings and days of sacrifice!

Go for it!

Further Information

Prospective entrants can learn more about the event as well as learning how to enter by visiting

We hope to see you soon at Physiotherapy and Massage | Bangor Clinic. Keep running!

Call 027 9127 2267 or click here to request an appointment

Mark & Kate


Author: Mark

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