Ironman 70.3 returns to East Lothian on Sunday 1st July. Local residents should be aware of some road closures necessary for the event.
Ironman 70.3 returns to East Lothian on Sunday 1st July, featuring elite athletes competing in a gruelling swim, cycle and sprint through the coast and countryside of East Lothian, Midlothian and Edinburgh.
The event will involve hundreds of competitors and spectators so some road closures will be necessary for the safety of those taking part. The route takes in Prestonpans, Cockenzie & Port Seton, Aberlady, Longniddry, Gullane, Dirleton, Drem, Haddington, Pencaitland, Ormiston, East Saltoun, Gifford, Garvald, Humbie, Cousland and Whitecraig before continuing through Midlothian into Edinburgh.
Local residents have been advised of the closures and the need to plan journeys and allow extra time. Access for emergency services will be maintained at all times and the closures will be supervised by police, council staff and volunteer stewards. Pedestrians will be able to cross the route, with care.
Detailed information on the closures are on the Ironman website including a list of roads and times affected plus overview maps.
Councillor John McMillan, East Lothian Council spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism, said: “The Ironman events are internationally recognised as the most intense test of fitness and endurance and it’s fantastic that East Lothian is hosting this event again. I’m sure our coast and rolling hills will provide an appropriate level of challenge, while spectators will enjoy our scenery even if the competitors’ minds are elsewhere! The publicity for East Lothian and benefit to local businesses from the influx of competitors and visitors turning up to watch is really welcome. I’m aware there is a bit of inconvenience for some of our residents but with a bit of journey planning and early notification of areas affected I would hope this disruption will be minimal and the majority of people will welcome this wonderful spectator event.”
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