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Health Month February 2022

31 January 2022

The organisers of the Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon are excited to launch their official “Health Month” for the month of February. Never more important as we all try to recover from a global pandemic, the event will be working with their sponsors to provide a full schedule of activities, advice and tips, and competitions to help keep you healthy and active in 2022!

L-R Jamie Cromie (General Manager, Better Gym Belfast) and Elaine Riddell (Senior Marketing and Events Officer, Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon)

Perhaps you have signed up for the Marathon, Team Relay or 8 Mile Walk events, taking place on Sunday 1st May? Or still plan to, but need the motivation to start training? Have you decided to volunteer instead, for the 40th year of the Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon?

Whatever your plans are for this year’s event, make 2022 your year to be healthier and more active!

The event will be teaming up with their title sponsor Mash Direct to provide healthy, energy and immunity boosting recipes for marathon and team relay runners, walkers, and volunteers. Mash Direct have lots of fresh vegetable dishes to help you increase your five a day, plus local potatoes, perfect for carb loading.

Official gym sponsor Better will be providing training plans, tips and more to help you get started or motivate you to keep going on your marathon journey! Including updates on the Ruby Runner ambassadors, with support from Better, as they train for their first ever marathon. Keep an eye out in the Daily Mirror and on Belfast Live Sport as they introduce the ambassadors weekly.

Not forgetting an important date, Friday 4th February, which marks World Cancer Day. Official charity partner Cancer Focus Northern Ireland will be encouraging you to eat healthier and become more active to help prevent cancer. Participants of the Marathon, Team Relay and 8 Mile Walk events are encouraged to run or walk for Cancer Focus NI this year to help fund immunotherapy research at the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology in Queens University.

It's Student Volunteering Week between 7th-13th February, fuelled by Four Star Pizza. Event organisers will be urging as many people to come forward during Health Month to register as *Volunteer Race Crew. The event needs over 500 volunteers to help over race weekend (Expo/Pack Collection and Race Day).

There’ll also be a series of fantastic competitions during Health Month from Katie Kirk: the non-diet nutritionist, Belfast City Council, Translink and with their new #MoneyHealthCheck online tool, designed to give tips on how to create more savings for Northern Ireland households.

Follow the Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, and the event website throughout February to get motivated!

The 40th Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon takes place on Sunday 1st May 2022 with a Marathon, Team Relay and 8 Mile Walk option available. Enter now at to enjoy the middle rate (ends at midnight on 28th February). Final entry will be on Friday 8th April 2022.

*Volunteer opportunities are available for race weekend including the new Expo and Pack Collection in the Titanic Exhibition Centre (set up day: Thursday 28th April; open to participants on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th April; Race Day: Sunday 1st May). Visit the event website for more details.

The Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon is sponsored by Athletics Northern Ireland, Daily Mirror, Belfast City Council, Better, Cool FM (Downtown Radio and Downtown Country), Translink, Belfast Live, Tayto, Four Star Pizza and This year’s official charity is Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.

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