Churches open their doors to runners on first Belfast City Marathon held on Sunday

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Cregagh Presbyterian Church in East Belfast is among those supporting the runners

Chloe St John

Thousands of runners have set off from Stormont for the Belfast City Marathon.

It's the first time ever the race has been held on a Sunday; a decision which has made some churches unhappy.

Reverend David McIlveen says many parishioners are disappointed:

 

However other churches on the marathon route have opened their doors and set up stalls outside to support runners.

(Supporter outside Belfast Temple Salvation Army on the Cregagh road)

 

Minister Edward McKenzie from Cregagh Presbyterian says they've had to adapt:

 

 

 

 

 

Noel Moore is a member of the Salvation Army on the Dublin Road.

He says this is just something they have to put up with:

 

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