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Every pound raised through your 2017 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Challenge will go towards giving children and young people with a learning disability brighter futures and more fulfilling lives, right here in Northern Ireland

Your Mencap Marathon Fundraising Pack

We know that fundraising can be hard work; so we have developed a Fundraising Marathon Handbook to give you useful tips on how best to fundraise; as well as some handy hints on how to add a few extra pounds to your fantastic fundraising efforts.

You can download Mencap’s A-Z Guide to fundraising ideas to get you off on the right foot!

You can also get your Marathon Handbook; as well as your Marathon Sponsorship Form here.

We’d love you to pledge to fundraise a minimum amount for Mencap; and in return you’ll receive some awesome Mencap marathon merchandise. So please show your support for children and young people with a learning disability by filling out the BCM Pledge Form 2017.

You can help Mencap promote fundraising for the Belfast Marathon and show your support by downloading and sharing our Mencap Belfast City Marathon posters, flyers and postcards.

Mencap Belfast City Marathon Poster 2017

Mencap Belfast City Marathon Recruitment Flyer 2017

Mencap Belfast City Marathon Postcard 2017

Online Giving

If you have not yet set up your online giving page for your Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon challenge, we would love you to use our preferred online giving platform, Everyday Hero.

A quick guide to help you get your Everyday Hero page up and running can be found by clicking here:

Everyday Hero Quickstart Fundraisers FAQ

Your marathon challenge will make such a difference to children and young people with a learning disability. Here’s a few ideas about how your marathon fundraising will go such a long way #StepUp4Mencap

£50Could pay for someone to attend a training session to learn how to use the bus alone for the first time, so they can be more independent and have the confidence to do more things, like find a job

£100Could pay for a Makaton language programme training session. This may be the only way some parents can communicate with their children and the only way some children can understand their world.

callout_pound_200Could pay for a special day out at an activity centre for young people with a learning disability, helping to boost their confidence and learn new skills.

£500Could provide a specialist one to one carer for 2 months, helping a young person with a learning disability to get the support that they really need.

£1000Could help give 2 months of music therapy for children with a learning disability –allowing them to learn in a fun, interactive way, while giving them a chance to express their feelings using music.

£2000Could help pay for equipment which fits with a child’s specific needs, for example a specialist frame or chair. These items give children the chance to engage with classroom activities in a comfortable way.

Go digital! Social Media

We think it’s best you use social media to support your fundraising as it really is a very valuable tool to attract donations!

You can keep your followers up to date with your training regime and let them know you need their help to hit your fundraising targets. And don’t forget to thank those who donate – this can help others catch the giving-bug and donate too!

Remember – a picture paints a thousand words – so share your images of training and fundraising with your Facebook friends and Twitter.

You can keep up to date with all our marathon news and the difference you are making to the lives of children and young people with a learning disability by following Mencap Northern Ireland on Twitter and Facebook.

Wannabe Cheer Leaders

We’ll be out in full force, cheering you along the marathon route so keep an eye out for the Mencap Cheer Stations. We’ll have cheer leaders at:

  • Cheer 1 (Strand Cinema/ Holywood Road)-8.45-10.00
  • Cheer 2 (Sydenham Bypass/City Airport)-9.00-10.40
  • Cheer 3 (Queen’s Bridge)-9.15-2.30
  • Cheer 4 (Oldpark Road/ Westland Road)-9.35-11.45
  • Cheer 5 (Antrim Road/Floral Road)-9.45-12.45
  • Cheer 6 (Shore Road)-10.00-1.00
  • Cheer 7 (Duncrue Roundabout)-10.35-1.45
  • Cheer 8 (Pavillion/Ormeau Road)-10.45-3.00
  • Cheer 9 (Cherryvale Playing Field/Ravenhill Road)-10.45-3.00

See where all of these locations are on our Mencap Map. You can download your own Mencap Marathon Cheer Board and let your friends and family know about our cheer stations and they too can join our Mencap Cheer leaders. To find out more about how to  become a Mencap Cheer Leader, please contact

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Marathon Run

The Full 26.2 mile marathon challenge.

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Wheel Chair Marathon

The wheelchair race commences one minute before the main marathon event. The Marathon Organisers, working with DSNI and Disability Action have developed the route suitable for wheel chair users.

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Team Relay Challeng

This challenge is for teams of 2-5 people, running the same course as the Main Marathon Race.

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8 Mile Walk

For those who think the marathon is a bit of a stretch, but who want to put their fitness to the test, try out the marathon walk – you’ll never walk alone!

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Fun Run for Adults

There’s always been a great sense of fun and community at the Belfast City Marathon and the Fun Run is an awesome way to catch the vibe – silly costumes are not compulsory, but they really do help!

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Fun Run for Children

There’s always been a great sense of fun and community at the Belfast City Marathon and the Fun Run is an awesome way to catch the vibe – silly costumes are not compulsory, but they really do help!

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