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Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon Traffic Advice

08 September 2017

Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon  Traffic Advice

On Sunday 17th September, 3,500 participants will set off on their 13.1 mile journey from Ormeau Park in a bid to complete the 5th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon.  Starting and finishing in Ormeau Park, the Half Marathon route takes in the picturesque Belfast City, from Victoria Park to Cornmarket, the Falls Road to Botanic Avenue.

As a result, motorists can expect some disruption throughout the morning and early afternoon, although every attempt will be made to ensure that this is kept to a minimum.  Full details of the route can be found on www.belfastcitymarathon.com.

While the majority of roads will remain open during the event, the area around Ormeau Embankment will be closed to through traffic in both directions between approximately 7am to 12noon.  Slight disruption can be expected along the Ravenhill Road until around 10am.  Disruption can also be expected along the Albertbridge Road, Newtownards Road, Dee Street and Sydenham Bypass until shortly after 10.15am.

The front runners are expected to pass over the Sam Thompson Bridge onto Airport Road at approximately 9.35am and make their way to Queens Bridge at approximately 9.45am via Sydenham Road and Station Street Flyover.  The runners are expected to pass through the city centre from Custom House Square, via High Street, Cornmarket, Arthur Street, Chichester Street, Castle Street enroute to the Falls Road at approximately 9.50am.  The area around Victoria Street will be disrupted between 8.30am and 11am.

Disruption can also be expected on Grosvenor Road, Great Victoria Street, and Bruce Street heading towards Dublin Road, Shaftesbury Square and Botanic Avenue from 8.30am to 11.50pm.  At approximately 10am the runners will pass through University Street onto the Ormeau Road, and Ormeau Embankment to the final stretch of the race, finishing with the home straight insight at approximately 10.10am.  The final finisher is estimated to arrive at the Ozone Centre Finish line at approximately 12noon.  

For spectators wishing to meet family and friends at the start/finish area, there are a variety of carparks close by that you can avail off.  These can be found on www.belfastcitymarathon.com.

Information on the expected traffic disruptions can be obtained from the Traffic Information and Control Centre on 08457 123321, or via www.trafficwatchni.com.  Regular updates will also be given via the Marathon’s official Media Partner, U105.

Details of changes to Translink Metro services can be obtained by calling 028 9066 6630 (7am – 8pm) or visiting www.translink.co.uk.

Please note that we aim to assist in the continuous flow of traffic, therefore traffic will be diverted city bound at University Avenue and country bound at Ormeau Avenue.  We appreciate your patience.