Introducing the Experiment 26.2 Group, taking on the Marathon Challenge!

The organisers of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon have recruited 19 ambassadors who will be taking on the challenge of running a marathon for the first time and we get to follow them on their journey!

Pictured at their recent “Ice Breaker” Challenge at the JungleNI – The Experiment 26.2 Group are revealed!

With less than 16 weeks to go, the Experiment 26.2 Group will be more than race-ready, thanks to an amazing training package, put together by the event’s Official Partners – Stuart Kennedy (Official Marathon Coach), Framar Health (Official Nutrition Partner) and Better (Official Gym Partner).  They’ll receive complimentary Athletics NI and Mary Peters Track memberships, free entry to running events (SPAR Craic 10K, Titanic Quarter 10K and SPAR Omagh Half Marathon) and a goodie bag of products to help support their training from Deep RiverRock, Framar Health, White’s Oats, Linwoods, Tayto, SPAR and more.

All have chosen to run for one of the FIVE Official Charity Partners for the 2019 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon – Belfast Arthroplasty Research Trust (BART), Cancer Focus NI, Stroke Association, Air Ambulance NI and Action Mental Health.

AMH’s Diarmuid McLaughlin

We are delighted that our very own Diarmuid McLaughlin, Skills Coach in AMH New Horizons Antrim is one of the group aiming to complete his first marathon in front of a home crowd and we will be following his progress closely and wish him well in his training! We will be revealing the other ambassadors #TakingActionOnMentalHealth shortly! Watch this space ……

The group met for the first time on Saturday 12th January to complete an “ice breaker” challenge at The Jungle NI, Moneymore.  They were split into two teams to go head to head in a “Crystal Maze” team building challenge, the first of many mental, physical and endurance tests as they meet and train for their first marathon!

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

Maybe it will motivate YOU to take on your first running challenge and join them on Sunday 5th May for either the Marathon Run & Wheelchair Race, Marathon Team Relay, 8 Mile Walk or Fun Run. 

SIGN UP for the 38th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon now at via the brand new MyTicket App.  #ChooseBelfast

The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is sponsored by Athletics Northern Ireland, Daily Mirror, Belfast City Council, Better, Translink, Daily Mirror, Spar, Belfast Live and Framar Health. Sampling partners are Deep RiverRock, Tayto, White’s Oats and Linwoods.  This year’s official charities are Belfast Arthroplasty Research Trust (BART); Cancer Focus NI; Stroke Association; Air Ambulance NI and Action Mental Health. 

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