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Belfast Marathon 19/09/2021



  • Registered Users Posts: 155 ✭✭ LastFridayNight

    What an absolute disgrace. Belfast should be ashamed of itself letting these muppets run a road race there. I’ve raced all the world for two decades and I have never seen the incompetence of these Belfast marathon organisers. I am racing tomorrow with no number after wasting two hours in a queue that barely moved.

  • Registered Users Posts: 48 Bgiraffe

    What a bizarre situation. Joined queue at 1pm, got race pack at 4.10pm. Missed a booked trip to Titanic Museum. Not a single apology. An embarrassing sham. Needed perhaps triple or quadruple the number of tents and pack distributors today. Or just post the feckin things! Blessed that it was dry (tho it rained on people earlier in day). Also blessed there wasn't raging rows, mood around me was surprisingly upbeat despite everything.

    Eventually left the place cold and stiff. Don't even start on Covid measures. Bizarre levels of stupidity. No way I'm doing gear drop tomorrow.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,635 ✭✭✭ corcaigh07

    I saw 2 girls get close to the end of the giant queue only to realize that the Team Relay queue was far smaller and over to the right.

    Granted, they should have known earlier but there was barely a peep from the organisers that the giant queue was marathon only. No signs, no consistent volunteers helping outside of the tent, nothing.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,411 ✭✭✭ scotindublin

    Was chatting to a few who have headed up from the club and it sounded a disaster. Also can't see a tracker available unless I am missing something.

    Good luck to all running today.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,069 ✭✭✭ healy1835

    Mick Clohisey with the win and another national title in 2:20:42.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,526 ✭✭✭ djemba djemba

    I would say there will be some stories to tell after this whole event.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,916 ✭✭✭ Bananaleaf

    Jesus Christ. It really is the Fawlty Towers of marathons

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,415 ✭✭✭ rovers_runner

    The Nordies have to get their KFC in before super Sunday starts.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,587 ✭✭✭✭ bucketybuck

    There is plenty I could say about Belfast marathon, very little of it good, but around 38k I passed a lad getting CPR which put things into a little perspective. I'll just say that Dublin has us spoiled and leave it at that.

    I didn't get a PB but got a sub 4 and I'm happy enough with that. It will certainly be both the quickest and the slowest that I ever do Belfast Marathon.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 16,587 ✭✭✭✭ bucketybuck

    Around the 28k mark I came upon a Phoenix Natural gas van driving along in the middle of the runners. There were cones splitting the road at that point and he could have went onto the clear side of the road but no, driving along with runners all around him. Had the hazard lights on though, I guess that makes it safe.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,755 ✭✭✭✭ Supercell

    That was by the lake?, I saw him too,looked like he was being attended by paramedics doing CPR when I went by there, hope he is ok now.

    Have a weather station?, why not join the Ireland Weather Network -

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,310 ✭✭✭ sk8board

    (a big report sorry!)

    (TLDR: a tough weekend all round. Glad I did it but probably wouldn’t return).

    Queued yesterday for just over 3hrs, down on my hunkers a bunch from my legs locking up.

    As for today my legs cramped at the 30km mark, on this stupid steep drop by the lake - they even had Stewart’s warning us to be careful, but the huge break in stride, pace and form did in my legs and they cramped immediately. first time to happen in my life. V hard to not draw some line between that and what happened yesterday, as it was nearly 6hrs of missed water and food with the drive, 3hr queue, get to Airbnb checkin and get food.

    The course was v windy today, obviously that’s the same for everyone.

    it’s not a normal hilly course with lots of little climbs - the climbs are long and winding and the big one stretches 6km from 24-30km.

    nothing the organisers can do about that, it’s just a tough course imho.

    supporter numbers out today were unreal and music along the way.

    As others have said, on the longest climbing part up out on the outskirts with few supporters or Stewart’s there were cars on the route dodging between side roads. I thought I’d have to give way to a person leaving a petrol station at one point.

    did the bag drop and it was clear they went OTT today to have literally no queuing. None. They saw me hobble towards them and got my bag before I got there - I could’ve hugged the volunteer as they handed the drop bag of grub!

    it’s done now, and yes marathons are f€€king hard, but once things get going again everywhere else, I wouldn’t be back I’d say. A tough weekend all round.

    the Belfast city council need to outsource the organisation.

    A TONNE of people from the other 3 provinces which was great to see, and lots of PBs which was great to hear.

    its my first time running amongst all the relays, who are on the same route and zipping past as they changeover - it’s an odd set-up, but it adds thousands of spectators to various sections along the route

    I got my number around 6pm yesterday and there were tonnes of uncollected numbers - it looked like a very reduced field today in the marathon section - the results website is garbage so it’s hard to work out the finishers, but I can’t see anyone beyond about position 2,500??

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,538 ✭✭✭ ThebitterLemon

    Sounds like an absolute shambles, awful pity for anyone who put in a training block for this.

    I’ve run many marathons but never bothered with Belfast as there always seemed to be some issues.

    think one year they sent people the wrong way!!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,891 ✭✭✭ Murph_D

    Not sure why Belfast City Council need to outsource. Cork City organises its own marathon and it's a pretty slick operation. Maybe Belfast just need to hire the right person, or allocate the right amount of resources, rather than subject all of us to the Belfast Rock n Roll or whatever.

    Having said that, I'm in no hurry to do it!

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,866 ✭✭✭✭ event

    Onn the relays, I did Limerick before and they had a relay on at the same time. Not a fan. MOst of us dying by mile 18-20 and you have some fella flying by you to do 10k and not a bother on him. Dont like when they do relays now tbh, but understand why they do

  • Registered Users Posts: 10 Eamando1981

    Saturday was a shambles, however the marathon was great yesterday.

    Well supported and good atmosphere. Great to be doing a city mararthon again after Covid, and got nice 3.13 PB.

  • Registered Users Posts: 155 ✭✭ LastFridayNight

    Congrats to all the runners on Sunday. I ran numberless, after leaving the queue Saturday in despair at the wait times. So no officical race time for me but it didn't matter. I thought the support from the locals was excellent, made for a great atmosphere on the course. After the debacle of Saturday, the race itself ran smooth. Plenty of shuttle busses, water stops, large finish area, all good. I measured the course at 43.29KM though! Using a stryd (which is usually pretty accurate).

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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,866 ✭✭✭✭ event

    Fair play to ye, thats a brilliant result considering the day before

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,011 ✭✭✭ Vego

    I thought it was alright to be fair on the day ...fkin hard though but that's a marathon for you ....I don't know of anyone's Plan A working out thing my watch must have been out an extra 800m start to finish for me

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,310 ✭✭✭ sk8board

    Interesting to read the reports of the cramps by folks who generally never got them - I was one too, also my calf and also on that short steep ramp up from the cycle path to the ormeau bridge and also got the groan from the crowd as I nearly fell into some of them!

    btw, the results show that only 2,950 marathon runners started

    When you allow for the pre race collection points, it really puts the Saturday mess in perspective

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,533 ✭✭✭ Downtime

    I know of 2 people who got their number and realized later that there was no chip on it. I wonder how many numbers were missing chips. Probably not 2000 though.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,635 ✭✭✭ corcaigh07

    My god. I'd say a good few people just didn't endure or didn't have the time for the queue and went without as well.

    Noticed a few runners with the London Virtual Marathon numbers on, wonder if some just signed up to that and ran the course.

    Hard to see decent numbers for the marathon next year, it's a disaster. It might just about hold on due to the success of the relay.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,755 ✭✭✭✭ Supercell

    I'd hope the registration fiasco is addressed next year. I would like another crack at the course again another year however the whole relay thing would put me off. Having fresh legged people belting past every six miles was very offputting for me. In previous halfs I've found a bunch of runners around my pace and just stick with them but that just wasn't possible in Belfast with the marathon runners being outnumbered by the relay runners.

    That said maybe if I was quicker I'd have left the majority of the relay teams behind by mile six 😋

    Have a weather station?, why not join the Ireland Weather Network -

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,533 ✭✭✭ Downtime

    I ran it in 2015 (I think) and had no issues. Number pick up was great - in a sports shop somewhere, no issues at the start or finish, really enjoyed it. The relay aspect is a bit crazy especially when you're spent at 22 miles and some guy run by at full tilt. Id love to do it again. There was a good buzz around the finish on Sunday.

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