The final arrangements are being made for the SSE Airtricity Walled City Marathon taking place on Sunday.
The 26.2 mile course around the city, culminating in a finish inside the historic walled city, has been finalised and the runners taking part have been given their final instructions for the big day this weekend
The city centre will be open for business as usual on Sunday with only minor restrictions to traffic and on-street parking during the day. Drivers are urged to follow the directions of stewards on the day.
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 has been organised to avoid as much disruption to traffic or pedestrians as possible.
Details of any changes to traffic arrangements will be announced over the weekend but live updates will be broadcast on the Derry Marathon Facebook page
The marathon will start at 8.30am from the Everglades Hotel on the Prehen Road. Drivers are asked to note that the Victoria Road will be closed to all traffic between the Craigavon Bridge and Newbuildings from 8.15am until 9am. The Limavady Road will also be reduced to one way traffic and traffic travelling towards Caw Roundabout will be diverted via Crescent link. Carlisle Rd will be restricted to one way traffic with cars only being allowed to travel towards the Diamond.
The Letterkenny Road/Foyle Road will be closed from the Foyleside Roundabout out to Nixon’s Corner, as will the lower deck of the Craigavon bridge. Diversions will be in place via the upper deck
Carlisle Road will be closed one way from the Diamond towards Craigavon Bridge as well as Shipquay Street closed in both directions. There will also be no access to The Diamond from Fahan or Bishop Street.
Buses will operate between the Foyleside East car park and the start line from 6:30am for race competitors.
Please follow the diversions in place as well as any instructions given by Marshals or PSNI and allow an extra 10 – 15 mins onto your journey time if travelling in and around the City on Sunday