Saturday, 28 April 2012

Dervock's Kennedy Kane McArthur won the 1912 Olympic Marathon - for South Africa

A Ballymoney Museum Promotion

Marathon Mac On-line!

An amazing new website,, has been launched which will encourage people from all over the world to come and enjoy the exciting McArthur Centenary events this summer in Ballymoney.  Visitors to the website can learn more about McArthur, and even see a gallery of pictures which includes images from the archives of the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland.  There is also a full programme of the centenary events and information on how to register on-line for the McArthur Festival of Running in July 2012 in Dervock.

The website is kept up to date with the ‘Latest News’ section which includes photographs and reports from events linked to the commemoration.  In the coming weeks, there will be reports on school workshops and the Olympic Torch Relay in addition to news from McArthur celebrations in Potchefstroom and Stockholm.

Councillor Ian Stevenson, Mayor of Ballymoney, was very impressed with the new website: “This brilliant website is essential to help us promote the story of McArthur across the world and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for their support in setting it up.  Kennedy K. McArthur is well known in North Antrim, but we are only just beginning to realise how famous he is in Sweden and South Africa.  With we can now show the world how important he is to the people of Ballymoney and we invite everyone to join us in our commemorative celebrations this summer”.

The exhibition “Marathon Mac and other centenary stories” will be on display in Ballymoney Museum until 22 September 2012.  Admission is free and opening hours are Monday-Thursday & Saturday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-4.30pm and closed Sunday.  For further information see or contact Ballymoney Museum, Ballymoney Town Hall, 1 Townhead Street, Ballymoney, BT53 6BE, Tel: 028 2766 0230 or


Keith Beattie talking about K K McArthur [Youtube]

Celebrating Kennedy Kane McArthur [YouTube]