Twelve weeks to go! Still time to train for the marathon.
Did you do the 10 mile race last Saturday? Remember that you have 12 weeks until the Walled City Marathon so there is still plenty of time left to train.
That’s the message from Scott Galbraith, Event Director, who is encouraging Walled City 10 milers – and all other marathon enthusiasts - to go the extra mile and aim for the main event on Sunday 2nd June 2019.
Commenting after a record entry last weekend for what is widely regarded as a warm-up to the annual Walled City Marathon, Scott said: “If you thought finishing a 10 miler is good, wait until you experience the Marathon - and the medals are almost three times as heavy!”
Around 1,300 runners signed up and almost 1,100 finished the race at St Columb’s Park which was won by Dave Flynn (Clonliffe Harriers) with Ciara Toner (Springwell RC) the first woman home.
The main focus now is on the Walled City Marathon itself which attracts athletes from Ireland, the UK, Europe and overseas to compete in one of the most popular events in the city’s sporting calendar.
The challenging 26.2-mile course takes in the banks of the River Foyle and two of its famous bridges before returning to the historic Walled City for a spectacular finish in Guildhall Square.
Established as part of Derry’s celebrations as the inaugural UK City of Culture 2013, the Walled City Marathon is limited to a field of 1,500 entrants and the event organisers are urging runners to register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
With a new headline sponsor expected to be announced soon for this year’s event, Scott Galbraith said: “This is going to be a very exciting year for the Walled City Marathon thanks to the generous support of our main sponsors.
“We have also introduced a number of new sponsorship opportunities for local businesses to support the Marathon including 26 Mile Markers along the route. A limited number of Mile Markers are still available on a first come first served basis and we would urge any other businesses interested in coming on board to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”
Scott added: “There is always a great carnival atmosphere and camaraderie at the Marathon which continues to attract runners from all over Ireland, the UK, Europe and indeed overseas, showcasing our historic Walled City on the international stage once again on this, the 400th anniversary of the completion of the City Walls.”
Project Africa's Dan Tanui set a new course record of 2:19:44 last year when he won the popular event for the second year in a row. Heather Noone from County Mayo and living in London, won the women’s race, running her first marathon in three hours and five minutes.
The Walled City Marathon takes place on Sunday, 2nd June 2019, starting from the Everglades Hotel on Victoria Road at 8.30am. Entries are limited to 1,500 places and runners are encouraged to register as soon as possible. The entry fee is £50 and all competitors receive a bespoke Walled City Marathon Medal, t-shirt and goodie bag at the finish line.