Belfast runners fall silent for Boston

A typical marathon starting off
A typical marathon starting off

More than 17,000 runners stood in silence on Monday in memory of the spectators killed in the Boston marathon.

The streets around City Hall fell silent for 30 seconds before the crowd burst into a round of applause before the first of the participants were waved off at the start of the 26.2 mile route.

Three people were killed and more than 200 injured in last month’s attack at the finishing line in Boston.

The event in Belfast started at the City Hall at 9am and finishes in Ormeau Park, with the route taking in all parts of the city, from Sydenham to the Falls Road, Whitehouse to the Ravenhill Road.

As a result, motorists can expect some disruption throughout the morning and early afternoon.

Belfast City Council, who have issued a statement informing the public of the marathon route and expected road closures.

While the majority of roads will remain open throughout the event, the area around City Hall will be closed to through traffic between 6.30am and 10 am, although disruption can be expected in the city centre until around 12 noon.

Disruption also can be expected along the Albertbridge Road, Holywood Road and Sydenham Bypass until shortly after 11 am.

The front runners are expected to pass back through the city centre, en route to the Falls Road, at around 9.40 am. The area surrounding Victoria Street will be disrupted between 9 am and 11 am.

Disruption can be expected around the four changeover points for the Marathon Relay event. At the first relay point at Bridge End, the road will be closed from 6 am – 2 pm.

Hillview Road will be closed from 9 am – 2 pm, while Gideon’s Green and Corporation Street will be closed from 6 am – 3 pm.

Disruption also can be expected on the country-bound Antrim Road, from around 9.45 am until around 11 am, as the runners will still be in a large group as they undertake one of the race’s longest straight and challenging stretches.

Belfast Zoo will be open as normal, with diversions in place for access (please check with the Zoo on 028 9077 6277 for information on the best route).

Another point where some disruption can be expected is around Duncrue Road at the Fortwilliam Roundabout off slip.

Again, Police and stewards will be working to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum, but drivers travelling to and from the Stena Line terminal should be aware of possible delays and plan their journeys accordingly.

For more information on check in times, call 08447 707070 or visit

Disruption can also be expected in Dock Street, while Ormeau Embankment will be closed from 7 am until after 5 pm.

For spectators wishing to meet family and friends at the finish area, a free park and ride shuttle bus service will run between Ormeau Park and the Belfast City Council car parks on Ormeau Avenue (opposite The Limelight complex) and Cromac Street between 10am and 5pm. This service will operate approximately every ten minutes, depending on traffic condititions.

Information on the expected traffic disruptions can be obtained from the Traffic Information and Control Centre on 08457 123321, or via Regular updates also will 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”


Marathon Run/Wheelchair Race/Team Relay

City Hall Hughenden Avenue

Chichester Street Salisbury Avenue

Turn Right Turn Left

Victoria Street Antrim Road

Comac Street Floral Bridge

Turn Left Whitewell Road

East Bridge Street Turn Left

Albertbridge Road Arthur Bridge

Turn Right Arthur Road

Newtownards Road Mill Road

Turn Left Turn Left

Holywood Road Shore Road

Turn Left Turn Right

Sydenham Bypass Whitehouse Park 2nd Entrance

Bridge End Gideons Green

Queen’s Bridge Cycle Path

Ann Street Turn Left

Turn Right Dargan Road

Victoria Street Turn Right

Turn Left Dargan Crescent

High Street Turn Left

Castle Junction Duncrue Road

Castle Street Turn Right at Roundabout

Divis Street Duncrue Street

Falls Road Whitla Street

Turn Right Garmoyle Street

Clonard Street Corporation Street

Clonard Gardens Turn Left

Turn Left Clarendon Docks

Cupar Street Turn Right

Turn Right Corporation Square

Springfield Road Donegal Quay

Turn Right Oxford Street

Lanark Way Turn Left

Turn Left Lanyon Place

Mayo Link Under Railway Bridge

Turn Right Turn Right

Mayo Street Mays Meadow

Turn Right Turn Right

Woodvale Road Side Gate of Maysfield

Shankill Road Tow Path

Turn Left Turn Left

Tennent Street Ormeau Bridge

Cross Crumlin Road Ormeau Road

Hillview Road Turn Left at Roundabout

Turn Left Ravenhill Road

Oldpark Road Turn Left

Cliftonville Circus Ormeau Embankment

Cliftonville Road Turn Left

Turn Right Driveway to Tennis Centre

Westland Road

9 Mile Marathon Walk

City Hall Along River Lagan Towpath

Chichester Street Turn Right

Turn Right Cross over Footbridge

Victoria Street Turn Left

Cromac Street Under Railway Bridge

Turn Left Mays Meadow

East Bridge Street Along the Front of Maysfield

Alberbridge Road Turn Right

Turn Right Albertbridge Road

Newtownards Road Turn Right

Turn Left Ravenhill Road

Holywood Road Turn Right

Turn Left Ormeau Embankment (remain on right-hand-side of pavement)

Sydenham Bypass Turn Left

Middlepath Street Driveway to Tennis Centre

Turn Left before Queens Bridge

Fun Run

City Hall Mays Meadow

Chichester Street Side Gate Maysfield

Turn Right Tow Path

Victoria Street Turn Left

Comac Street Ormeau Bridge

Turn Left Ormeau Road

East Bridge Street Turn Left

Turn Left Ormeau Embankment

Laganbank Road Turn Right

Turn Left Driveway to Tennis Centre