All the excitement and relief from around Belfast as the marathon returns: in pictures

The marathon attracted 14 000 participants Credit: Pacemaker

The Belfast City Marathon returned to its traditional springtime slot, and UTV has all the best images that capture the excitement, suffering, heartbreak and jubilation that accompanies the event each year.

Lord Mayor Kate Nicholl prepares to launch the race with some help from her citizens Credit: Pacemaker
Participants were in good form pre-race despite some unreliable May weather Credit: Pacemaker
The anticipation builds pre-race Credit: Pacemaker
People ran to raise money for a large ran of charities Credit: Pacemaker
Heroes and villains were on display for the race Credit: Pacemaker
Things get underway amid a light springtime drizzle Credit: Pacemaker
The race makes it's way to the Waterworks and the feathered locals are out to cheer folks on Credit: PA Images
Credit: PA Images
One runner at least is in good form as the race nears the finish line Credit: PA Images
Local runner Paul Pollock crosses the line in first place Credit: Pacemaker
Women's winner Gladys Ganiel has some help celebrating
Finishing a marathon is always a moment to savour, whether you make the podium or not Credit: Pacemaker