Belfast City Marathon route, times, road closures and all you need to know for 2024 race

Belfast City Marathon 2023 -Credit:Press Eye
Belfast City Marathon 2023 -Credit:Press Eye

May Day weekend has rolled around once again which can only mean one thing in Belfast.

The Moy Park Belfast City Marathon 2024 is almost upon and if you are involved in any of the events, are supporting your loved ones or are just looking for a fun day out, there are a number of things to consider before the event.

Whether you run, walk or jog (or are cheering from the side lines) we hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable time at this year's marathon.

Read more: Bars near Ormeau Park post Belfast City Marathon celebrations

Read more: Route map for the Belfast City Marathon 2024

Where and when is the Belfast City Marathon?

The event will be held on Sunday, May 5.

All events will start at Stormont Estate and finish in Ormeau Park.

There are a number of bag drop locations at this year’s event including:

  • Stormont Estate – Carson’s Statue – closes at 8.15am

  • Stormont Estate – Prince of Wales Gates – closes at 8.15am

Please note, there will be NO bag drop facility at Lanyon Place or City Centre this year.

Please leave your tied bag, clearly displaying your race number for easy identification, at one of these locations.

At the finish line at Ormeau Park, the bag collection marquee will be signposted and broken down into race number sequence.

Picking up your pack for Belfast City Marathon

Titanic Exhibition Centre -Credit:Justin Kernoghan/ Belfast Live
Titanic Exhibition Centre -Credit:Justin Kernoghan/ Belfast Live

The Moy Park Belfast City Marathon will once again kick off with an Expo at the Titanic Exhibition Centre (TEC) on May 3 and 4.

All participants need to attend the Expo & Pack Collection to receive their race number, t-shirt and bag between 9.30am - 5.30pm on the Friday or 10.00am - 5.30pm on the Saturday.

In order to collect your pack, you will need your QR code that has been emailed to all registrants – it’s in your confirmation email and can be accessed via your Eventmaster account.

To ensure a speedy service for the collection of packs, the organisers have limited pack collections to 3 per person (of the same event) to enable a smooth, fast transaction without putting the team of volunteers under any extra pressure.

Participants can expect plenty of exhibitors, entertainment, competitions and giveaways so be sure to bring your family and friends.

If you cannot attend the Expo and Pack Collection you can send someone to pick up your race pack for you.

Medical advice

The marathon say: "Do not participate if you have received a positive COVID-19 result, feel unwell, have a fever, have had diarrhoea, vomiting or chest pain within the preceding days.

"You will certainly not perform well and you will put yourself and your future running at risk. Remember running with fever can cause serious complications. You can defer your entry with a medical note from your GP.

"If you have a medical problem which may lead to an emergency, such as fits, diabetes, asthma or if you are on any medication e.g. blood pressure tablets write details on the reverse of your number. Please email details before the race.

"Wear appropriate clothing for the weather. On a cold, wet day you can become very cold if you slow down or walk; a hat and gloves prevent heat loss and can be carried if not worn.

"If it is hot wear loose mesh clothing, start slowly, and pick out the shade on the course."


The Met Office has forecast an overcast day on Sunday.

They have predicted highs of 15 C and lows of 9 C for May 5 in Belfast.

Keep an eye on the forecast and prepare. If cold, pack a jumper/fleece to wear on race morning.

Getting to and from the starting/finish line

Getting to the start line - a shuttle bus will be available from Belfast City Hall (outside SS Moore’s) 07:00am – 8:00am and Lanyon Place Train Station 7:30am – 8:00am to the Start Line.

Spectator Transport from Stormont - a shuttle bus will pick spectators from Massey Avenue to Ormeau Park after the start of the race at Stormont.

Team Relay Transport – a shuttle bus service will run 8:00am – 10:00am from Annadale Embankment at Dunnes Stores to drop runners off at each relay changeover point on loop.

Getting back to Belfast City Centre - a shuttle bus will transport participants from Ormeau Embankment to Belfast City Centre. This service will run from 11:45am – 4:00pm.

Getting back to Stormont – a complimentary Glider service is available from SS Moore’s Chichester Street or Wellington Street to Stormont. This service will run until 4:30pm, every 15 minutes. Please note that Stormont car parks will close from 5:00pm.

Belfast City Marathon route

It all kicks off at 9am, taking off from the Stormont Estate in East Belfast, before ending at Ormeau Park in South Belfast.

The route will then pass through the Castlereagh and Woodstock Roads in East Belfast before heading to South Belfast via Ormeau Road.

From there, the route continues into the city centre, before heading up to Donegall Road, Boucher Road and Lisburn Road, then passing into West Belfast.

The route continues through the Falls Road as it heads into North Belfast, where runners will pass through the Waterworks and Duncairn Gardens, back down to the city centre, along the Lagan Towpath, before finishing in Ormeau Park.

Road Closures for Belfast City Marathon

Traffic will be disrupted throughout the city.

You can check out a full list of road closures here

Hydration and Energy points

There are 9 water stations on the route, check their location on the map here

There will also be 3 energy drink stations available.

Most refreshment stations will be on the left-hand side of the roadway and will be signposted in advance.

Please discard your rubbish in the designated areas.

Transport and Parking for Belfast City Marathon

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 30th April 2023 - 2023 Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon. The Belfast City Marathon first launched in 1982 with 3,021 taking part in a marathon only event. Photo by Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 30th April 2023 - 2023 Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon. The Belfast City Marathon first launched in 1982 with 3,021 taking part in a marathon only event. Photo by Press Eye.

Parking in Stormont – parking will be available at the start line within the Stormont Complex for FREE.

Please note the Upper Newtownards Road from the Stormont Entrance will close from around 8.00am to facilitate traffic management solutions for the start of the event.

Access will be from the Dundonald side only.

Parking around Ormeau Park/Finish Area/City Centre – parking will be available in Belfast City Council Car Park, Ormeau Avenue - 90 spaces approx.

To source other suitable parking please follow this link

Please note that Translink have added extra rail services on Marathon Day to help you with your journey. See here for more info.

All transport is free to spectators and participants.

Participants must complete the Marathon race or Team Relay within 6 hours.

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