In support of the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation. 5 Marathons in 5 days

12th-16th March, Stuart Thom will be joined by Budge Pountney in Belfast for all five of the marathons and leading the charge in Edinburgh at the same time is Mark Coulter.Each day will be a different route, some taking in the sights of Belfast, others along the Loughand North Down, but all are varied and relatively flat.We are asking people to join the group for as many miles / days as they wish and for every mile you run, pleasedonate at least £1 per mile to the JGgive.

The event t-shirts are also available for purchase at £25 per top.

Saturday 12th March 2022:
Day 1 and Marathon1 starts at finishes at The Stormont Estate, the home of the NI Executive. 

Turning right out of the groundsof Stormont, the route heads down UpperNewtownards road towards Connswater thenturns left down CastlereaghRoad, before turningright onto LadasDrive then back up Cregagh Roadand over Albertbridge towardsOrmeau Avenue and down University Road before running most of LisburnRoad.

Cross under the M1 via Finaghy Road North, and head through Andersonstownand alongFalls Road, Castle Street and over the Lagan Weir Footbridge.The run continues through the Titanic Quarter, onto Sydenham Road and Airport Road towards Holywood. The run continues under the subway and onto the other side of the bypass on the Holywood side. Followingalong the footpath, and onto the A55 before taking the parkway where it eventually meets Upper Newtownards road, where the route turns left before finishing back at Stormont.

Sunday 13th March 2022:
Day 2 starts and finishes at the Bangor Aurora Aquatic centre. 

The route leaves from the Aurora before running along Gransha Road to the Circular Road roundabout, as we continue on South Circular Road and West Circular Road before it joins up with Belfast Road. Therunners follow Belfast and Bangor Roads towards Holywood, where they head under the subway onto the Coastal path. 

The group stays on the path through Seapark, past The Royal Belfast Golf Club, Helen’s Bay Golf Club and CarnaleaGolf Club, before circumventing the Bangor Marina until it arrives at Groomsport, before joining the East Circular road and then turns right at the roundabout with South Circular road and back along Gransha Road towards the Aurora centre.

Monday 14th March 2022:
Day 3 is a out and back run, starting from the CIYMS at Belmont park.

Turn left out of the CIYMS carpark and head down Sydenham Avenue onto Holywood Road, along Newtownards road until crossing over the Lagan via the Lagan Weir Footbridge.

The route continues through the Docks, past Clarendon Dockalong Carmoyle Street, Duncrue Street, Duncrue Road, before joining the foot path at Dargan Road.

The route is now following the footpath with the Lough on your right, as we pass via Whitehouse, Hazel bankParkand Loughshore Park. We then follow the Shore Road, Belfast Road towards Carrickfergus Castle.

Returning the same route along the loughside path and over the Lagan Weir footbridge and up Newtownards Road onto Holywood road before arrivingat Slims Healthy Kitchenon Belmont Road.

Tuesday 15th March 2022:
The penultimate day starts at Helen’s Bay Golfand follows the coastal path until Holywood.

Out of the Golf club follow Church road until you reach the entrance to the coastal path as you head past Grey Point fort continuing West as you pass Rockport school, The Royal Belfast Golf and the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club towards Sea Park, before crossing the Holywood bypass via the subway and through Holywood towards East Belfast.Continue down Holwood road and Newtownards road before crossing the Lagan at Queens Bridge. Head South along Ormeau Road and cross the Lagan again but over the Ormeau Bridgeuntil you reach Ravenhill Road and now head North to Albert bridge then down Woodstock and Cregagh road, before turning left at Montgomery Road then left again onto Castlereagh Road then turn right when you get to Beerbridge Road, then along the Comber greenway until Dundonald before joining up with Upper Newtownards road, turn right onto Hawthornden Way, before turning left onto Belmont road for the final mile and finish at Slims Healthy Kitchen for the end of marathon four.

Wednesday 16th March 2022:
The final day starts and finishes at the Kingspan stadium, the home of Ulster rugby.

Heading out of the stadium the route starts on Mount Merrion Avenue, joins up with Ladas drive, Grand Paradebefore it joins as North Road,and we head to CIYMS atBelmont park.

At this point the group will run four, 5.25 mile, loops

Each loop starts and finishes at CIYMS and runs along Cairnburn Road, Old Holywood Road, Massey Avenue, Castlehill road and along Upper Newtownards road and doubles back along the Comber greenway until it reaches Sandown Road, and heads back via Sydenham Avenue to CIYMS, before heading back to the Kingspan Stadium.

The Runners...

Stuart Thom

Stuart is the organiser of the challenge who grew up in Melrose, but now lives in Belfast with his wife and three children. A keen supporter of the Foundation and the organiser of the Great Rugby Cycle and Long Weekend Cycle. This event is out of Stuart’s comfort zone as has never run one marathon to date let along 5 in 5 days.!

Budge Pountney

Former Northampton and Scotland rugby captain, Budge is aiming to run all five with Stuart in Belfast.Budge joined Stuart on the Mizen to Malin event in 2019 and has not been a bike since, therefore Stuart was delighted to have Budge join him again on this event, which according to Budge is ‘right up his street.’ Now Academy Manager with UlsterRugby.

Mark Coulter

Mark grew up in Scotland attending Merchiston Castle School, London University, and The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He is a Munroist, mountain leader, diving instructor and a keen trail runner. Mark currently resides in Edinburgh running a successful residential agency business, Ellisons. Mark will be completing the 5in5 in and around Edinburgh on the same dates.

Nicki Farrell nee Aitken

Ex GB (AG) Athlete, advocate for Women in Sport and Technology with a passion for Diversity and Inclusion. Driven and competitive in all aspects of life whether it’s closing a business opportunity through to running ultra-marathons, taking on every task with a ‘must win’ attitude delivering results quickly and efficiently. With an unwavering commitment to diversity & inclusion, aims to embody everything that is to be celebrated about women in and out of the workplace. Nicki will be completing 5in5 in as 4 solo marathons in and around Berkshire on the same dates, joining the Team in Belfast for marathon number 5.

Liz O’Connor

Farm Director in England, Liz completed the Great Rugby Cycle 2021 round Ireland and has signed up to complete the Bolton Ironman later this year.Liz enjoys Running,Swimming, Cycling, Rugby, Socialising,travelling,and drinking lots of Beer and Wine, and will be heading over to Belfast to complete the last marathon with Stuart, Budge, Mark and Nicki.

‘Super Thursday ’My Name’5 Doddie Foundation Black tie dinner at the Magheramorne Estate.

Thursday 17th March 2022

Joining us for the night are some Irish & Scottish rugby legends, Shane Byrne, Gordon D’Arcy, Rob Henderson, Paddy Johns, Tommy Seymour, Kevin Maggs, Craig Chalmers, Bryan Redpathand Budge Pountney, for a night of rugby chat, Guinness and an auction. £100 Per person for a drinks reception at 6.30pm, followed by a 3-course dinner with coffee and a half bottle of wine.

The night will be hosted by ex-BBC Presenter and Strictly come dancer winner, Chris Hollins.


For more information contact:
M: 07913 611 680

T: 028 2586 1010