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Air Ambulance NI announced as partner of NI’s largest marathon event

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Air Ambulance NI

21st Oct 2022

Air Ambulance NI has been announced as sole charity partner of the Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon and Half Marathon from 2023 -2025.


Kerry Anderson, Head of Fundraising for the charity said, “This new partnership has huge potential for supporters to get active and play your part in saving lives, brains and limbs.  When ‘You Run, We Fly’!  We are keen to remind people of the range of events that will be part of the day on 30 April next year including an 8-Mile Walk, Team Relay with a shortest leg of 4.2 miles, as well as the full 26.2 mile run and wheelchair race.  Then of course there is the half marathon on 17 September 2023.


Funds raised will help people in your community or workplace for whom the worst has happened meaning they require pre-hospital critical care at scene.


To take advantage of the early bird rates you can register now for the 8-Mile Walk, Team Relay, Half Marathon and Full Marathon at


Kerry added, “We are encouraging our corporate supporters to register early to avail of the early bird rates which run until the end of November.  So, why not gather a few friends or family members for the walk, or a group of work colleagues for the relay or take on that ‘bucket list challenge’ of first-ever half-marathon or full marathon!


When you register you will have the option to support Air Ambulance NI.  Please tick the box and we will be in touch with your digital fundraising pack and your invitation to the helicopter airbase so you can personally see the service you are challenging yourself for and supporting.  We encourage all of our participants to set up a JustGiving Page using the link to maximise fundraising for your air ambulance.  It could save a life!”


For the first time in the events history, organisers are delighted to offer a NEW special bundle package for those runners who wish to enter both the 2023 Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon and Half Marathon. This package is available for the duration of the early bird rate which closes 30 November 2022.



John Allen, Chairman of the Belfast City Marathon organising committee, commented:


“We are delighted to see the momentum behind the Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon and Half Marathon building with support from our participants, spectators, volunteers, sponsors and partners. We are thrilled to partner with local charity, Air Ambulance Northern Ireland, in a bid to support their life-saving services, providing outstanding critical care where and when it’s needed most.


Further information is also available from Air Ambulance NI, by calling the charity on 028 9262 2677 or emailing