Entries for the Mash Direct Belfast City Half Marathon are OPEN

Traffic advice, parking and transport information

Please find below information to help you plan ahead with your travel for Sunday 1st May.  Together with our partners Belfast City Council, Department of Infrastructure, PSNI and Translink, we are providing the following free parking and transport options. 



On Sunday 1st May 2022 at 9am the Marathon will commence, followed by the Team Relay and 8 Mile Walk events, from Stormont Estate (Prince of Wales Avenue) in a bid to complete the 40th Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon.  All events will finish in Ormeau Park.  

The marathon route encompasses North, East, South and West of the city.

In line with road closure legislation, a road closure order has been applied for and motorists should expect some disruption.  Motorists are asked to follow diversion signs and take direction from stewards on the route.

Roads will start to close wholly or partially from around 6am until 4.30pm approximately.

Once all runners have passed points on the route, reopening of the roads will be managed as quickly as possible.  Times for this will be available on the Belfast City Council road closure website soon.  Link to follow.

For details on projected times for participants passing through the marathon route, please click HERE. 

For details on road closures please click HERE.


Parking in Stormont – FREE parking spaces will be available 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. DO NOT block or park in the residential areas nearby.  Please note the Upper Newtownards Road from the Stormont Entrance will close from around 08.00am to facilitate traffic management for the start of the event. Access will be from the Dundonald side ONLY.   Please note also, if parking at Stormont, vehicular access out of the estate will be from approximately 10.30am at the earliest.  Car parks at Stormont will close at 05.00pm.

Parking around Ormeau Park/Finish Area – FREE parking will be available in the following carparks;

  • Belfast City Council Car Park, Raphael Street 
  • Belfast City Council Car Park, Ormeau Avenue 


Belfast City Council Car Parks in the City Centre

Most of the following car parks will be open 24/7.  Some will be free and some will have normal parking charges applicable.  A full list of Belfast City Council car parks can be found HERE.  For any general queries, please call 028 9027 0428. 

Belfast City Centre Car Parks (non Belfast City Council car parks)

There is also the option of the following car parks in Belfast City Centre as provided by Belfast City Centre Management.  Please click HERE to download.