Top Bessbrook talent manage 2014 Belfast City Marathon

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Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
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Claire O’Reilly (Event Manager Belfast City Marathon), Peter McVerry (U105) and Eimear McCooey (CLIC Sargent NI) are deep in the throes of planning and organising the 33rd Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon.

Locals Eimear McCooey, Claire O’Reilly and Peter McVerry  are getting ready for 2014 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon but are you?

But what do they all have in common? They were born and bred in Bessbrook. Claire has been the Event Manager for the Belfast City Marathon since 2008 and has been successful in organising the inaugural Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon in September 2013. With a keen interest in sport and now often seen running on the tow paths of Belfast and Newry she is looking forward to another record breaking year for her events in 2014. With U105 being the Official Radio Partner for the event, station manager Peter McVerry is delighted to be working with Claire and her team to bring entertainment to all the participants and spectators at both the starting and finishing lines of the Race, including promotions of tips and discounts throughout the year to get everyone registered; Peter stated, “U105 are delighted to continue our long-standing relationship with Belfast City Marathon. It is one of the biggest sporting participatory events in Ireland and recent figures show no sign of dwindling numbers.” The Official Nominated Charity for this year’s event is CLIC Sargent Northern Ireland, so Fundraising Manager Eimear McCooey will be very busy encouraging all runners to raise money for her worthwhile charity; She told Newry Times, “I am thrilled to be involved with the 2014 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon as the official nominated charity for the event. It is such an iconic event which raises phenomenal amounts of money for charity each year. “CLIC Sargent is the leading cancer charity for children and young people in Northern Ireland and every penny raised by participants choosing to “Run for Home” in the 2014 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon will help support those families. “I’m urging the generous people from Newry to sign up today for the marathon, relay, 8 mile walk or the fun run, you will be making a real difference to families in this area affected by childhood cancer,” she added. As part of your training and to keep fit in February, all three are urging you to attend the “Runathon” in the Quay’s Shopping Centre, Newry on Saturday 15th February from 9am – 4pm. “The Runathon is about encouraging shoppers to run or walk for two, five, ten or more minutes on a treadmill with the aim of covering the distance of a marathon (26.2miles) over the course of the day. With spot prizes, competitions and fun throughout the day you won’t want to miss it!” Claire O’Reilly explained. If you want to find out more information or how to enter the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, please email If you would like to raise money for charity, you are encouraged you to help the official charity, CLIC Sargent Northern Ireland, who are a leading cancer charity for children and young people. All monies raised by Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon participants will go directly to CLIC Sargent’s NI Homes from Home Appeal and will stay in Northern Ireland. For more information please contact CLIC Sargent directly on 0845 602 4770 /
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