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Video time lapse of Belfast City Marathon route - plus everything you need to know ahead of 2019 race

Over 8,000 participants are expected to set off on their 26.2 mile journey on Sunday in a bid to complete the 38th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon.

Can't make it? We'll be live streaming the race on Facebook on Sunday morning.

When is the Belfast City Marathon taking place?

The race starts at 9am on Sunday, May 5 at Stormont and finishes at Ormeau Park. The 2019 route is brand new, covering all areas of Belfast to include plenty of support from all the local residents. The route will be flatter and faster so it's ideal for your first marathon or a personal best. All participants are required to finish the race within six hours.

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What earphones can I run with?

Bone conduction headphones are the only headphones permitted for use.

I want to take part - is it too late to sign up?

Unfortunately, yes. The event has now sold out. If you had previously signed up for the run but can no longer take part, Belfast City Marathon Ltd operates a strict non-refund policy.

Where can I park on the day?

There are over 2,300 free parking spaces at the start line within the Stormont Complex. If you intend to park in or around the Stormont area, please use this facility and enter via Stoney Road – follow signage and the directions of the stewards.

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.

There will be limited free spaces around Ormeau Park in the following carparks; Belfast City Council car parks on Raphael Street and Ormeau Avenue; Queens PEC car park on Botanic Park and Dunnes Stores car park on Annadale Embankment.

The Asia Supermarket are providing parking opportunities at 40 Ormeau Embankment. This will cost £10 for the day and you’ll receive a voucher to spend in the supermarket.

Can I take part in the race with a dog or baby?

No participant may bring dogs, baby joggers, baby strollers, skateboards, rollerblades, hand cycles, unauthorised bicycles or any other wheeled device on the course, except for hand propelled wheelchairs in the mass race (wheelchair participants must contact the organiser in advance).

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - 37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon. Runners pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2018 - 37th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon. Runners pictured at the marathon at Belfast City Hall.

As the course is flat, fast and competitive in nature, it is deemed to be an unsafe environment for the inclusion of baby joggers and strollers.

I'm not taking part, but I'm planning on visiting the city centre on Sunday... will there be any other road closures?

Roads will start to close wholly or partially from around 6am until 4pm. Once all runners have passed points on the route, reopening of the roads will be managed. Full details on road closures can be found here.

Motorists can expect some disruption. They are asked to follow diversion signs and take direction from stewards on the route.

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