Why run the Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon?

Meet our Runners

We’re proud to be Title sponsors of the 2022 Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon. Some of our Super Mashers are even taking on the challenge of running the Marathon this year! We have asked them all a couple of questions and for their top tips, and will be sharing their answers over the next few weeks!


First up today, say hello to Clare Forster!

Clare is our Head of Marketing at Mash Direct, and she wanted to take on the challenge of running a full marathon before turning forty next year!


Read more about Clare and her journey here.




Next up, we have the Chief Executive Officer at Mash Direct, Jack Hamilton!

Read more about Jack and his journey here.




With only 12 weeks until the 2022 Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon, we caught up with Johnny Breen and the Maris Mascot.

Read more about Johnny and his tough training for the Marathon here.



Up next, we have our Farm Manager, Gary Adams!

Read more about Gary’s top tips, and his favourite quote for when you’re struggling here.



This week, we caught up with Mickael to find out how his training is going, asked him a couple of questions and for his top tips which you can find out here.




Our Finance Director, Gary Armstrong has joined our Marathon Team and this week we caught up with him to find out why he decided to take up the challenge this year! Find out more here.



Hello March! It’s a busy month for ‘Super Mashers’ as they prepare for the Mash Direct 40th Belfast City Marathon and are working on their training plan. We met with Samantha to find out what her favourite running tip was! Find out more here.






For more details on the marathon make sure to check out the official Belfast City Marathon website.


Naming our Marathon Mascot!

As part of our title sponsorship for the 2022 Belfast City Marathon we created our very own Mash Direct Mascot but needed help to name them! 🥕


We challenged the public to come up with the best possible puns and creative ideas to help us find a name, and after thousands of submissions we whittled it down to just three entries before putting them to the public vote.



‘Lightning McCarrot’ won by a landslide and so our Marathon Mascot finally has a name! ⚡️🥕


Expect to see Lightning McCarrot pop up as we get prepared for the 2022 Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon!


Entries are now OPEN!

Entries are now open for the 2022 Belfast City Marathon!


Taking place on Sunday 1st May alongside the Marathon will also be the Team Relay and 8 Mile Walk event.


So set a new goal for 2022, make some amazing memories and don’t miss your chance to be part of special 40th celebrations on Sunday 1st May!
EARLY RATE available until 31st December. Enter now at www.belfastcitymarathon.com

On your MASH, get set, GO!

In October we were thrilled to have Mash Direct officially announced as the new title sponsor of the 2022 Belfast City Marathon!


Having been cancelled in May 2020 and moved to October 2021 due to the pandemic, the event will return to the traditional date on the May Bank Holiday weekend, taking place on Sunday 1st May with a full lineup of events to suit all levels of fitness.


The 2022 Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon is also the 40th year of the marathon so participants can look forward to exciting new initiatives including an Expo and Pack Collection at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, taking place over two days (Friday 29th and Saturday 30th April 2022) with a range of exhibitors suitable for the whole family to attend.


Mash Direct CEO, Jack Hamilton commented; “We’re thrilled to launch this partnership with Belfast City Marathon promoting an active and healthier lifestyle alongside official charity partner @cancerfocusni, who will be encouraging entrants to be #StrongerTogether and run, walk or wheel their way across the finish line.”


To read more about our sponsorship head to our News section.

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