David Harvey (Lurgan) is no stranger to marathons but throughout 2024, he will be taking part in 3 Marathons, including Moy Park Belfast City Marathon and a Mini Ultra Marathon, to raise vital funds for Air Ambulance NI.

Davids first event will be the Paris Marathon on Sunday 7th April, and following that he will complete the Moy Park Belfast City Marathon on Sunday 5th May. Then on Sunday 2nd June David has registered to complete the run from the NI Mini Ultra Marathon and to finish his epic challenge, on Sunday 13th October, David will take on the Chicago Marathon.

David said;

‘2024 is going to be a huge year for me! It is an absolute pleasure to take on this massive challenge, for Air Ambulance NI, especially considering this lifesaving service is so needed in our community.

My friends at Jog Moira have been a great support to me during training so far and everyone has been so supportive with fundraising. My wife and I will be completing the Paris Marathon together in April and then I plan to do the others solo.

I am particularly looking forward to the Moy Park Belfast City Marathon as it is local and I know the support along the route will really help all of us runners.

I recently had the opportunity to visit the air base, to meet some of the amazing team and to see first hand the difference donations can make and I will hopefully raise some money to keep the helicopter flying.

If you’re thinking about doing the marathon or getting some friends together to do the team relay or 8 mile walk, sign up today. You won’t regret it!’

If you would like to support David’s epic fundraising challenge please visit the link below

Fundraising Page of David Harvey (eventmaster.ie)

Grace Williams, Area Fundraising Manager for the charity said,

“David is a real inspiration and we are so grateful to him for taking on this epic challenge for the Air Ambulance NI. 3 marathons and a mini ultra marathon in one year will be an amazing achievement for David and we wish him the best of luck with all of his training.

As the designated charity partner for Moy Park Belfast City Marathon, we think it’s a great opportunity to encourage people to join David on 5th May, to get active and play your part in saving lives, brains and limbs.  ‘Others Live When You Give’ and we are keen to remind people of the range of events that will be part of the day, 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 22nd September 2024. 

Funds raised will help people in your community for whom the worst has happened, meaning they require pre-hospital critical care at scene.  Every day the medical team are needed on average twice per day.”

You can register now for the 8-Mile Walk, Team Relay, Half Marathon and Full Marathon at https://belfastcitymarathon.com/

Grace added, “We are encouraging our supporters to register now as the event is set to be the biggest marathon the city has hosted in 42 years.  So, why not gather a few friends 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!

And remember, if you sign up for the Team Relay before the end of February you will be in with a chance of winning £500 of Lidl shopping vouchers and 2 tickets to Simple Minds, courtesy of Cool FM.

Further information is also available from Air Ambulance NI Moy Park Belfast City Marathon & Half Marathon – Air Ambulance NI, by calling the charity on 028 9262 2677 or emailing belfastmarathon@airambulanceni.org

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