Roaring Meg will blast off Walled City Marathon this Sunday

Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com
Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com

The famous Derry canon - Roaring Meg will sound once again this week to set off this runners in the Walled City Marathon, the first to take place in the city in over 25 years.

Almost 2,000 runners are taking part in the event on Sunday with a number of VIP visitors attending on the day.

Marathon organiser Noel McMonagle said: “Derry is the only city on the island whose Historic Walls remain intact and the SSE Walled City Marathon will bring these historic buildings to life in a unique way for runners and visitors.”

The city centre will be open for business as usual on with only minor restrictions to traffic and on-street parking during the day. In the Waterside the Limavady Road will be closed to countrybound traffic from between 7am to 8am and will reopen no later than 1.30pm. In the Cityside there will be some traffic restrictions on the Strand Road, although it will remain open to two-way traffic throughout the marathon. Ferryquay Street and Carlisle Road will be closed to traffic heading towards the Craigavon Bridge as the runners reach that stage of the course but will reopen fully by 3pm.

The Peace Bridge will also be closed between 10am and 1.30pm.

The major car parks at Foyleside and at Quayside will be open throughout the day. Foyleside East car park might be busier than usual as it is the designated car park for runners taking part in the marathon.

The marathon will start at 8.30am from the Everglades Hotel. Drivers are asked to note that the Victoria Road will be closed to all traffic between the Craigavon Bridge and Newbuildings from 7.30am. Buses will operate between the Foyleside East car park and the start line from 6:00am for race competitors. The race route can be found on www.thewalledcitymarathon.com Drivers approaching the city for the Derry vs Down Ulster Championship match at Celtic Park on Sunday afternoon are asked to follow diversions signs for GAA match.