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RSPB Relay Teams Go Head to Head in Deep River Rock Belfast City Marathon

Last modified: 08 February 2013

View over Belfast Lough

Image: Chris Gomersall

This year’s Deep River Rock Belfast City Marathon will see relay teams from conservation charity RSPB Northern Ireland enter into a battle of fundraising with athletic proportions.  Now in its 32nd year, the marathon will see thousands of participants flock to the city on 6 May to compete in one of Northern Ireland’s largest sporting events.

Speaking about her motivation to join the team Communications Manager Judith Carville said, “After Christmas we all came back to work feeling a bit sluggish and decided we needed a bit of motivation to get out to enjoy nature on a more regular basis.  Getting colleagues together to form a relay team in the marathon seemed like a great opportunity to do this and we can raise some money for our charity in the process.”

Director of RSPB Northern Ireland, James Robinson added, “We have two teams taking part in the race and it’s fair to say there is a good dose of healthy competition between the two.  Each team has set themselves a fundraising target and it’s great to see their enthusiasm for RSPB Northern Ireland translate into the funds they are raising to help further our work.  I’m really looking forward to the big day and would encourage everyone to get a team together and run for RSPB NI!”

Senior Community Fundraiser Laura Thomson highlights the charity’s need for support:  “We want to make 2013 the year that people step up for nature in Northern Ireland by fundraising to help us protect our amazing wildlife so that future generations can enjoy nature as we do now.  We are dependent on voluntary donations to be able to carry out our work.  By teaming up with friends to run the marathon in aid of RSPB NI you’ll not only be raising vital funds for our work but we hope you will be encouraged to lace up your trainers, get outside and enjoy the nature on your doorstep.”

If you fancy taking on the challenge of running in this year’s Deep River Rock Belfast Marathon and raising money for one of Northern Ireland’s leading conservation charities to boot contact Laura Thomson on 028 9049 1547 or email

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