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Summary

  1. Belfast City Marathon special - Monday 1 May 2017
  2. Laura Graham becomes first NI woman to win since 1999
  3. Kenyan Bernard Rotich wins the men's race in 2:16:02
  4. More than 15,000 runners taking part in 36th annual race

Live Reporting

By Iain McDowell and Michael Hirst

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all from us!

    A cracking day for Northern Ireland sport, we're sure you'll agree.

    Not only did more than 15,000 people take to the city streets for the Belfast Marathon, but the May Day bank holiday was topped off with a home win...

    Laura Graham crossed the Belfast Marathon finish line

    We'll leave you with our photo of the day - Kilkeel's Laura Graham coming home in first place in the women's race...

    G'wan, ye girl, ye!

  2. Congrats on a marathon effort!

    Runners in the Belfast Marathon

    A massive well done from us to everyone who took part in the Belfast Marathon - whether you were fun-running, relay-running or taking on the full 26.2 miles, we salute you!

  3. Hugs galore for champion mum

    The first Northern Ireland winner in 18 years, Belfast Marathon champ Laura Graham got her hands on her medal and a bottle of bubbly as she stepped up on to the winners' podium...

    Laura Graham on the winners' podium
    Laura Graham with her family

    But even sweeter than the champagne will be the hugs she was given by her four children and her husband! Smashing effort, Laura!

  4. Live on Facebook from the final furlong

    Over on Facebook, our reporter Erinn Kerr is live from the Ravenhill Road, the final stretch of the marathon route...

    Runners in the Belfast marathon

    Join her as she speaks to some of those along the finishing straight and watch the runners as they push for home!

  5. Snap happy

    Plenty of colour on the streets of Belfast today - the photographers have been keeping an eye on those taking part...

    Runners in the Belfast marathon
    Runners in the Belfast Marathon

    Recognise any of these competitors? We're urging them all on to the end!

  6. Keep pushing on!

    Further down the field, they're still running hard... and having plenty of fun, by the look of things!

    Runners in the Belfast Marathon
    Runners in the Belfast Marathon
    A runner in the Belfast Marathon

    These runners passed Gideon's Green a short time ago - keep 'er lit, folks!

  7. 'Instead of Kenya, it's Kilkeel!'

    Belfast Marathon organiser David Seaton says he's "pleased to see a home-grown winner" after Laura Graham won the women's race.

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    "There's been African dominance in the Belfast Marathon for so many years," he says.

    "And it's lovely to see one of our local girls [win] - instead of Kenya, it's Kilkeel!"

  8. Marathon win doesn't feel real, says Graham

    Laura Graham says her victory "doesn't feel real" after she became the first Northern Ireland winner of the Belfast Marathon since 1999.

    The Kilkeel woman says she's been running for "those kids of mine - Payten, Jayden, Layla and Darcy".

    Laura Graham

    And what are her plans after taking the title?

    "I might go and treat the youngsters!"

  9. BreakingGraham claims long-awaited home win

    Kilkeel runner Laura Graham has ended an 18-year wait for a Northern Ireland winner of the Belfast Marathon.

    Laura Graham crosses the finish line

    She set a new personal best after finishing the race in 2:41:45, just eight days after running the London Marathon.

  10. Rotich 'impressed' with his winning time

    Bernard Rotich says he's "very impressed" with his Belfast Marathon-winning time of 2:16:02.

    "I trained for this race and I knew I'd do something, and I've made it, so I'm very happy for that," he says.

    Bernard Rotich

    "In 2014 I was here, I was not well prepared because I had an injury, but today I was very impressed with the time I ran."

    The Kenyan finished ahead of compatriots Daniel Tanui and Emmanuel Kiprotich Meli, and says he pushed for the lead at the 21-mile mark when he was feeling strong.

  11. We have a winner!

    Kenyan Bernard Rotich has crossed the finish line to take victory in the Belfast Marathon in a time of 2:16:02.

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    He broke clear at the 23-mile mark in the men’s race after the leading group of five finally began to fragment.  

  12. Laura leads the way in chase for NI glory

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    Northern Ireland’s 18-year wait for a Belfast Marathon winner looks set to end as Laura Graham has a big lead in the women’s race.

    Laura Graham

    The Kilkeel woman hit the halfway mark in just over one hour and 20 minutes and she's gone on to extend her lead with about seven miles left.

  13. Falcons spread wings for marathon debut

    Maximum respect to the Belfast Falcons, a running group whose members have learning disabilities, who took part in the fun run today.

    The Belfast Falcons

    They've been training for the past six months and team member John Martin says it's been tough going.

    "You just have to get out there and do your best," he says. Read more about the fantastic flying Falcons here.

  14. We can be heroes

    Fair play to these fellas who've donned the costumes for their marathon effort!

    Runners wearing superhero costumes
    A runner wearing a Superman costume

    They'll be heating up inside the lycra!

  15. Recognise anyone?

    Looks like the fun-runners were enjoying themselves!

    Runners in the Belfast Marathon

    Want to feature on our marathon live page? Send us a snap and tweet it with the hashtag #BBCNIRun - we'll try to feature you!

  16. Heating up for our relay team

    Checking in with our BBC News NI relay team, our economic and business editor John Campbell has finished the second leg and it's over to education correspondent Robbie Meredith.

    Robbie Meredith and John Campbell

    "It's pretty hot out there, so don't get too excited at the start," advises John (above, right), as he tries to get his breath back.