On Sunday 30 th April the city hosts the Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon, Team Relay and 8 Mile
Walk. The 26.2 mile marathon route runs through all 4 areas of Belfast; North, South, East and West,
starting at Stormont Estate and finishing in Ormeau Park. 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.
Roads will start to close wholly or partially from around 6am until 4pm approximately. Once all
runners have passed points on the route, reopening of the roads will be managed as quickly as
John Allen, Chairman of the Belfast City Marathon organising committee, commented:
“We are delighted to see the momentum behind the Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon and wish
everyone the very best of luck taking on the 2023 Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon, Team Relay
and 8 Mile Walk on Sunday 30 th April. We would also like to extend a huge thank you to each and
every one of our volunteers who generously donated their time and played a key role in making the
event ‘run’ smoothly.
We appreciate the impact and inconvenience of traffic disruption on race day, but ask that motorists
please follow the traffic diversion signs and take direction from stewards. These traffic management
measures are set up to prioritise safety for participants and road users.”
The Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon route is mainly the same as the 2022 ‘running’, with revisions
in Belfast City Centre and in North Belfast. Runners will now take a right off Chichester Street onto
Donegal Place, left onto Castle Street, left onto Queens Street and right onto Wellington Place.
Runners will also now turn left off Falls Road onto North Howard Street, right onto North Howard
Link, left onto Northumberland Street, through the crossroads onto Agnes Street, left onto Crumlin
Road and right onto Oldpark Road.
Full details of the route, roads affected and predicted time of closures, and projected participant
times can be found at belfastcitymarathon.com/race-weekend/Road-Closures
The area around Stormont and Upper Newtownards Road will be closed to through traffic between
approximately 6am – 10.30am, as the runners make their way towards Beersbridge, Castlereagh and
Montgomery Road areas.
A full road closure will then be in place on the Ravenhill Road (Albertbridge Road to Ormeau
Embankment) from 7am – 11.30am.
Some disruption can be expected in the city centre approximately between 8.30am – 12.30pm with
full road closures in place on Chichester Street, Wellington Place, May Street, Donegall Square and
Howard Street areas.
Some further disruption can be expected on the Boucher Road (Tates Avenue to Stockmans Lane)
with a full road closure between 8am – 1.30pm approximately, as runners make their way onto
Lislea Drive and Lisburn Road, marking their marathon halfway point.
Another point where disruption can be expected is in the Andersonstown Road and Falls Road areas
with lane closures and full road closures in place from approximately 9.30am – 2pm.
Full road closures will be in place at approximately 9.30am – 3pm from North Howard Street, North
Howard Link, Northumberland Street and Agnes Street.
Full road closures will also be in place from approximately 9:30am – 3pm in Antrim Road areas with
a Team Relay changeover point taking place on North Queen Street.
Some disruption again in the city centre as runners take on the final stretch of the marathon from
Donegall Quay onto Oxford Street and Lanyon Place (full road closure 9.30am – 3pm). Runners will
make their way up Ormeau Road to the Rosetta Roundabout and complete their journey down
Ravenhill Road, onto Ormeau Embankment for the finish at the Ozone Tennis Centre, Ormeau Park.
The Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon and Half Marathon is sponsored by Mash Direct, Athletics
Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, Daily Mirror, Better, Belfast Live, Cool FM, Downtown Radio,
Downtown Country, Translink, Deep RiverRock, CompareNI.com, Tayto, Charles Hurst and Linwoods.
The official charity partner is Air Ambulance Northern Ireland.