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Belfast City Marathon Sunday 30th April Traffic Advice

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

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.

For more information visit and stay in touch Facebook / @MarathonBelfast

/ @marathonbcm Instagram / @belfastcitymarathon twitter

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,, Tayto, Charles Hurst and Linwoods.

The official charity partner is Air Ambulance Northern Ireland.

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