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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Organisers apologise after Dublin Half-Marathon is delayed due to traffic chaos

Dublin Marathon has been delayed due to traffic build up
Dublin Marathon has been delayed due to traffic build up

Catherine Devine and Will Slattery

The Dublin Half-Marathon was delayed by over an hour as traffic chaos hit the city.

The first wave of the marathon was due to kick off at 9am this morning, but due to traffic delays the marathon was postponed.

AA Roadwatch reported that traffic was heavy on the M1 northbound from after Junction 2 at Dublin Airport to Junction 4 at Donabate.

There were also delays on Hearse Rd (R126) as people made their way to Newbridge Demesne for the Dublin Half Marathon.

Race Director Jim Aughney expressed his sincere apologies for the delay.

This year saw the race move to a new route in Donabete from Phoenix Park, with Aughney citing increased interest in the event as the reason for the move.

The number of participants in Phoenix Park had to be capped at 8,000 and the organisers had talked about potentially getting 10,000 runners in for today's half marathon.

The race eventually got underway at 10am, but people have got in touch with the organisers through social media to say they were delayed or missed the race entirely due to the traffic situation.

The race organisers are telling people to send 'feedback' on their experience to raceseries@dublinmarathon.ie.

Fingal County Council have also released a statement following the delay, saying they will be participating in a 'post-event traffic mangement review'.

"As one of the stakeholders in the 2017 Dublin Half Marathon, Fingal County Council apologises to everybody affected by this morning's traffic delays and will be participating in a post-event traffic management review with the event organisers and other stakeholders," the statement said.

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