Huge crowds expected for half marathon on Sunday

The Mayor Councillor Brenda Stevenson pictured with Caroline Roddy from Circle of Support and Denise White, from Something Special who are her two chosen charities set to benefit from this years Waterside Half Marathon Relay. The annual event is taking place on Sunday the 14th of September. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.08.14
The Mayor Councillor Brenda Stevenson pictured with Caroline Roddy from Circle of Support and Denise White, from Something Special who are her two chosen charities set to benefit from this years Waterside Half Marathon Relay. The annual event is taking place on Sunday the 14th of September. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.08.14
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If you’re one of the 1,900 local runners lining up for the Waterside Half Marathon this Sunday, then the message is ‘arrive early!’ as huge crowds are expected to throng the Gransha Grounds for the popular annual event.

Participants and those living in the area should be aware that a number of traffic and travel restrictions will be in place for a short period during the event.

Last year's Mayor  Mayor Councillor Martin Reilly, launching the Waterside Half Marathon, with the help of race director Jerry Lynch and race administrator Maureen Allen.

Last year's Mayor Mayor Councillor Martin Reilly, launching the Waterside Half Marathon, with the help of race director Jerry Lynch and race administrator Maureen Allen.

The course for this year’s event follows the same route as last year, extending out and back between the Gransha Grounds and the Old Clooney Road, the turning point being just beyond Kee Road. Sections of the A2 country bound carriageway and the Maydown Roundabout will have lane closures to create runners’ lanes and a temporary speed restriction will be in force.

One key feature of the traffic management system will be the introduction of a one way traffic system on Donnybrewer Road, between Campsie Roundabout and Station Road. Anyone from the city planning to visit the White Horse Hotel during the event should follow the diversion signs, while residents of Westlake and Strathfoyle are asked to travel via Maydown Road and to avoid Temple Road during the race.

Event organisers, Derry City Council, are asking members of the public to avoid travelling along the route during the event if at all possible, and urge those who must travel to drive carefully and remain vigilant, as they may encounter people running on the road. Residents living along the route are also being asked to park their vehicles off the road, to keep the route clear for the race to pass safely.

Traffic restrictions for the 2014 Waterside Half Marathon

Note: times given are approximate and may be subject to change

The A2 Clooney Road Dual Carriageway (country bound) between Gransha and the Campsie Roundabout.

The inside lane on this stretch of the dual carriageway will be closed to traffic between 9.00am – 1.30pm approximately.

During these times, the carriageway crossing points will also be closed, so it will not be possible for traffic to cross between the city bound and country bound carriageways. However, access to Marshalls Shop will be facilitated.

·Access to homes located along the Clooney Road will be facilitated.

·Access to the Invista Site / DuPont Club will be via the Maydown Road and Electra Roads

·Access to and from Westlake and Strathfoyle will be via Maydown Road – avoid Temple Road!

Maydown Road

The inside lanes of the Maydown Road between Maydown Industrial Estate and the Maydown Roundabout will be closed, in both directions, to create runners’ lanes between 9.00am and 1.15pm approximately.

Access to and from Henderson Park will be maintained throughout.

Speed restrictions

A 40mph speed restriction will be in force on the A2 Dual Carriageway (country bound) between Gransha and the Campsie Roundabout and between Maydown Industrial Estate and the Maydown Roundabout, for the duration of the lane closures.

Gransha Park / Gransha Road

Gransha Park and Gransha Road will be in use from approximately 8.00am – 2.00pm. Various traffic restrictions for non essential traffic will be in place at different stages. Marshals will be available to provide advice and assistance.

Drivers are reminded to be vigilant and to exercise extra care and consideration for pedestrians, runners and other road users.

Donnybrewer Road

·A one way traffic system will be in operation on the Donnybrewer Road, between the Campsie Roundabout and Station Road

·Vehicles travelling towards the White Horse Hotel from the city will be diverted via the Campsie Roundabout.

Residents living along the Donnybrewer Road, between the Campsie Roundabout and Station Road, are requested to travel in the direction of Station Road – because, on their return leg, runners will run up Kee Road and along the Donnybrewer Road towards the White Horse Hotel.

Campsie Industrial Estate

·Access to Campsie Industrial Estate will be via Broadbridge Roundabout.

The slip road off the A2 at Campsie Industrial Estate (W) will be closed until approximately 1.00pm.