Northern Ireland

Belfast city marathon: More than 17,500 take part in race

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Image caption Thousands of people set off from the front of Belfast City Hall on Monday morning

More than 17,500 people have been taking part in this year's Belfast City Marathon on Monday.

The event includes the marathon, a team relay, an eight-mile walk, a wheelchair race and a fun run.

Runners set off from the city hall at 09:00 BST, finishing up at Ormeau Park.

Kenyan Joel Kipsang Kositany repeated his 2013 victory, crossing the line in two hours, 19 minutes and 36 seconds which left him 53 seconds ahead of compatriot Gideon Kimosop.

In the women's event, pre-race favourite Berhan Gebrenmichael of Ethiopia won in two hours, 40 minutes and 57 seconds.

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Image caption Runners brought a dash of colour to the city streets
Image caption The marathon route passed through many parts of the city
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Image caption Kenyan Joel Kipsang Kositany repeated his 2013 victory
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Image caption There were emotional scenes at the finish line for many

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