01 May 2006

Thousands expected in city race


Thousands are expected to take part in the marathon

Nearly 14,000 people are expected to be hot-footing it through Belfast on Monday for the city's marathon.

Belfast City Council, which organises the marathon, said the emphasis this year was on community involvement.

This year is the silver anniversary of the marathon - the first was 25 years ago - with Northern Ireland Mother and Baby Appeal being the chosen charity.

The event starts at City Hall at 0900 and finishes in Ormeau Park, with the route taking in all parts of the city.

Motorists can expect some disruption throughout the morning and early afternoon.

Most roads will remain open throughout the event, the area around City Hall will be closed to through traffic between approximately 0830 and 0930 BST.

Disruption also can be expected along the Albertbridge Road, Holywood Road and Sydenham Road until shortly after 1000 BST.

The front runners are expected to pass back through the city centre, en route to the Falls Road, at about 0925 BST.

Disruption also can be expected around the four change-over points for the marathon relay event on the Holywood Road, Hillview Road and at Gideon's Green and Corporation Square.

One lane at each location will be closed to traffic for the duration of the event.

Information on the expected traffic disruptions can be obtained from the Traffic Information and Control Centre on 08457 123321 or via www.trafficwatchni.com.

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