Walking for Water

Derek Wylie was one of our 8 mile walkers at the 2018 Belfast City Marathon. Having worked behind the scenes at the Belfast Marathon for a number of years, this was his chance to experience it on the other side!  

At Methodist Conference 2017 we were invited by Irish Methodist World Development & Relief (WDR) to consider regular giving by Standing Order and also to participate in one of the Belfast City Marathon events in 2018. I opted to do both because I feel passionate about the work that World Development & Relief are involved in.

Derek after completing the 8 mile walk

Derek after completing the 8 mile walk

The event I chose was the 8 Mile Walk as I am a keen walker and also I served on the Belfast Marathon Organising Committee for 8 years and I thought it would be an opportunity to experience being a participant. The fundraising in 2018 was for the Dabane Water Workshops in Zimbabwe, providing pure clean water to local communities, which was really needed and greatly appreciated.

The 8 Mile Walk was enjoyable, we talked as we walked, there was good camaraderie as we walked in our bright green WDR bibs as a sign of witness. When we arrived at the finish in Ormeau Park there was a great atmosphere and encouragement from those who had already finished. After collecting our medals it was time for refreshment and a Picnic in the Park! In summary ,the weather was good, the event was good and the cause was good!

The 2019 Belfast City Marathon events start in Stormont Estate for the first time. This year WDR are raising funds to support the work of Wenchi Methodist Hospital in Ghana, which serves over 180,000 people providing affordable, quality healthcare to those in the region.

In light of my experience last year I would strongly encourage you to come and join us and in so doing, bring the Love of Christ to our Brothers and Sisters in Ghana.

Hoping to see you on the 5th May!


If you’d like to join us at the 2019 Belfast Marathon, please get in touch! Register by 28th February for early-bird rates!