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Edinburgh Marathon and Nocturne close roads

posted 20 May 2009, 04:54 by David Rintoul   [ updated 31 Oct 2009, 18:17 ]

Motorists in the capital may wish to consider giving up their vehicles during the last weekend of May as the city turns its streets over to athletes.

Roads across the capital will close for the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday 31st May, and several streets in the Old Town will close the previous day for the first-ever Edinburgh Nocturne cycle race.

Streets around the Grassmarket will close at lunchtime on Saturday 30th May to prepare for the bike races, which start at 6pm and run until 10pm.

The Nocturne sees up to 60 elite riders take to the Old Town's streets to complete a 1.2km circuit taking in the Grassmarket, Victoria Street, George IV Bridge and Candlemaker Row. Several other roads in the area will also be closed to accommodate the event.