Return to Mencap Northern Ireland
Posted on 03 Nov 03 Nov

Belfast man set to raise £5,000 for Mencap following New York marathon

Belfast resident Ryan Collison is gearing up to run the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday 6th November, his fourth marathon since 2015 in aid of Mencap. Ryan has so far raised £4,500 for the charity and is expected to hit £5,000 after the New York race.

Having always been passionate about supporting others – he is a nurse at Musgrave Park Hospital – Ryan first became interested in Mencap because of his home’s proximity to the new Mencap Centre. Following the Big Step Forward Appeal, which called on the public to help raise £1.7million for a new state-of-art building, Ryan watched the Mencap Centre be built from the ground up.

MENCAP 22.07.2016 Photo Aidan O’Reilly

“I live up the road from the new Mencap Centre and it was encouraging to see exactly what the funds from the Big Step Forward Appeal went to,” Ryan said. “The Mencap Centre is a fantastic example of how fundraising and donating can help a charity and its supporters achieve such a big goal.

“Since then, I’ve become very interested in Mencap and the work they do. The team at Mencap is always working towards changing the attitudes and opinions of people with a learning disability. I think this is important for our community so that is why I continue to log miles for Mencap.”

In addition to the TCS New York City Marathon in November, Ryan will run the Boston Marathon in April and the 2017 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon in May, for which Mencap is the official charity partner.

Vanessa Elder, Head of Regional Fundraising NI, Mencap said:

“People like Ryan are vital to the future of Mencap. We can’t thank him and others like him enough for giving up so much of their free time to support us. We hope Ryan can serve as an inspiration to others to sign up for the 2017 Deep RiverRock City Marathon and marathons around the world in aid of Mencap.”

“Money raised from those taking part in the marathon will help fund a number of exciting initiatives including our soon-to-be-launched family support programme. This programme will provide one-on-one guidance for families with a young child who has a learning disability. It is a crucial step in our long-term goal to reach as many children and families in Northern Ireland as we can.”

MENCAP 22.07.2016 Photo Aidan O’Reilly

As Ryan is in the final stages of training for the New York race, he is calling on runners across Northern Ireland to ramp up their training and add the 2017 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon to their plans.

“Completing a long run like a marathon brings a sense of achievement and builds confidence,” Ryan said. “It is extremely rewarding, especially when you’re doing it for a charity you’re passionate about.

“I encourage all runners to challenge themselves and support Mencap this May. Running has changed my life, so I encourage other runners out there to change their own lives while helping Mencap change the lives of others.”

Entries are now open for the 2017 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon. To sign up or learn how you can #StepUp4Mencap, visit mencapbigstepforward.org, email fundraising.ni@mencap.org.uk or call 028 9069 1351.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More recent updates...

#StepUp4Mencap and Sign up for 2017 Belfast City Marathon
Marathon Run

The Full 26.2 mile marathon challenge.

Sign Up Now
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.

Sign Up Now
Team Relay Challeng

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

Sign Up Now
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!

Sign Up Now
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!

Sign Up Now
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!

Sign Up Now