Friday 22 September 2017

Rain on the way as traffic diversions kick in for women's mini marathon in Dublin

Rosemary Halpin, Margaret McBride, Angela McLoughlin, Joan Brady, Trish Horgan, Sheila Merne, Ann Quinn, Breda Preston, Mary O’Colmain and Carol Ormon, who have all taken part every year for 35 years in the Women’s Mini Marathon Photo: Steve Humphreys
Rosemary Halpin, Margaret McBride, Angela McLoughlin, Joan Brady, Trish Horgan, Sheila Merne, Ann Quinn, Breda Preston, Mary O’Colmain and Carol Ormon, who have all taken part every year for 35 years in the Women’s Mini Marathon Photo: Steve Humphreys

Rebecca Lumley

DUBLIN is in for a damp day today - which will keep those taking part in the annual women's mini marathon cool, at least.

While light showers will break through over the course of the morning, heavier rain will persist from noon until late into the evening. Met Éireann has issued a status yellow weather warning for Leinster and Munster, forcing many to spend the final stretch of the Bank Holiday inside.

A forecaster said: “There will be patchy outbreaks of rain and drizzle at first (today) but more persistent rain along the south and southeast coast.

“Scattered showers with some bright spells will develop in the afternoon but rain may linger along the south and southeast coast.”

Despite the unfavourable conditions, in the region of 30,000 will line up at 2pm to do the 10km Women’s Mini-Marathon.

The event will begin at Fitzwilliam Street Upper, with runners and walkers heading down Leeson Street, Donnybrook Road, Stillorgan Road and circling up Merrion Road to the finish line on Baggot Street.

Several roads in close proximity to the route will be closed for parts of the day.

Fitzwilliam Street Upper and Fitzwilliam Place will be closed from 6am to 4pm, while Merrion Street Upper and Merrion Square West will be closed from 7am to 5pm.

From 7am to 6pm Baggot Street Lower will be closed off, while Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Pembroke Street and Merrion Square East and South will be closed from 8am to 6pm.

Merrion Row, Hume Street and Ely PLace will be closed from 10:30am to 5pm, while Leeson Street and Adelaide Road will be inaccessible from 1.45pm to 3pm.

From 1.45pm to 4pm, Stillorgan Road, Donnybrook Road, Morehampton Road, Merrion Road and Nulty Lane will be closed.

Mini-marathon participants are being encouraged to use designated “park and ride” facilities around the city, where they can park their cars and avail of public transport to reach the centre.

There are “park and ride” facilities in Coolmine, Clondalkin, the Red Cow, Cheeverstown,Tallaght Cross, Adamstown, Balally, Stillorgan, Heuston and Carrickmines.

Full details of city centre detours can be found at the Garda section of the VHI Women’s Mini-Marathon website.

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