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Summary

  1. Belfast City Marathon special - Monday 2 May 2016
  2. About 17,500 runners taking part in 35th annual race
  3. 2,700 people running the full race, 1,800 relay teams
  4. First athletes expected to cross finish-line at about 11:00

Live Reporting

By Fiona Murray, Iain McDowell, Sharon Ferguson and Erinn Kerr

All times stated are UK

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  1. May Day madness

    Fair play to everyone who stepped out for the Belfast City Marathon today!

    Runners in the Belfast City Marathon

    Goodbye from all the team. See you on Tuesday from 07:00.

  2. Colour and costume

    You've all brightened up this glorious May Day either with your weird and wonderful costumes or with your boundless enthusiasm to power to the finish-line.   

    Runners in the Belfast City Marathon
  3. Blood sweat and tears for 35 years

    The city of Belfast was first transformed into a marathon race track in 1982, when just over 3,000 runners took to the streets.  Changed times now...

    First Belfast marathon
    Runners
  4. Walk this way...

    Why run when you can walk part of the marathon route. 

    8 mile walk marathon medal

    And for those who do, here's the medal they receive at the finish line. 

  5. Nearly there...

    These runners are just a stone's throw away from the finishing line...

    Runners on Ravenhill Road
  6. Going the distance

    John Glover (pictured below, left) is the official course measurer, and he says there is no danger of the Belfast race coming up short, as was recently found to have happened in the Greater Manchester Marathon.

    Joel Taggart with John Glover and Colin Welsh

    "Technically, if I've done my job properly, it'll actually be 42m longer than that,” he says. "We have little a built-in safety factor of of 1m per km."

  7. Milestone man Michael

    Among today's runners is Michael Pentland, originally from Belfast but now living in Houston in the US, who is competing in his 100th marathon - madness, some might say.

    Runners in the Belfast City Marathon

    And as he approached the milestone, he knew exactly where he wanted to be. "I wanted to come back to Belfast. In 1997, I ran the Belfast Marathon and only ever intended to run one."

  8. Breaking the pain barrier

    It's been just over three hours since the runners left the starting-line and many will be starting to feel the burn at this stage.

    Runners in the Belfast City Marathon

    Dr Chris Bleakley from  Ulster University says about one in 20 first-time runners will pick up some kind of injury. "When you hit the ground, the ground hits you back," he says.

  9. There's being first, and then there's being first

    The memory of being the first winner of the Belfast Marathon will stay forever with Greg Hannon.

    Greg Hannon
    Greg Hannon

    He came in at two hours, 20 minutes and 25 seconds and he can still recall the joy of the moment.

  10. Marathon winner feels 'very happy'

    Kenya's Joel Kipsang Kositany  who won this year's marathon said he "feels very happy". 

    Joel Kipsang wins Belfast Marathon

    It is the third time he has won the event. 

  11. Get your picture snapped

    Our team is snapping away during the marathon today. And we're also on Twitter. You can check out our latest tweets @BBCNewsNI.

    Picture of runners
  12. But the rest of the runners must keep going

    A graphic that reads: Going the distance - the relay involves a team of people running different sections of the marathon/ Leg 1: 6.2 miles; leg 2: 3.3 miles; leg 3: 7.2 miles; leg 4: 4.5 miles; leg 5: 5 miles.