Advice for residents and drivers ahead of Weymouth Ironman on Sunday

RESIDENTS in Dorset are being warned of possible delays on the roads on Sunday (September 17), as the Dorset Ironman event returns.

Starting on Weymouth beach, the event sees competitors take on a gruelling swim, followed by a cycle ride and a run.

From Weymouth, the cycle route takes in the likes of Piddlehinton, Cerne Abbas, Dorchester and surrounds.

Meanwhile, the run will see competitors take to the streets in and around Weymouth seafront.

Around 70,000 letters detailing restrictions on the day have been distributed, Dorset Council said.

“Even if you are not planning on watching the event, please make sure you understand the plans for the day as your journey may be affected,” a spokesperson said.

They said Dorset Highways will be providing marshals with local knowledge and highways experience at crucial points along the route, while care providers can request an access pass from the event organisers.

Below are links to open instructions for those living in, or visiting, the villages listed:

* Piddlehinton, Piddletrenthide, Plush, Buckland Newton, Pulham, Kings Stag, Wolfedale Golf Course, Holwell, Glanvilles Wooton, Middlemarsh, Frome Whitfield, Cosmore, Cerne Abbas, Netercerne, Godmanstone, Fordington, Dorchester, Charlton Down & Charminster
Click here to download access information (opens in a new window)

Preston Beach Road, Warmwell, Overcombe & Bowleaze, Crossways, Preston & Sutton Poyntz, Higher Woodsford, Lewell, West Stafford, Osmington & Osmington Mills, Moreton, Poxwell & Ringstead, Waddock Cross, Tincleton, Puddleton
Click here to download access information (opens in a new window)

Preston Beach Road, Came Down Golf Club, Overcombe & Bowleaze, Littlemoor Road, Fordington, Dorchester, Winterbourne Came, Whitcombe, Coombe Valley Road
Click here to download access information (opens in a new window)

Meanwhile, the council said diversions were not being signposted, as there are so many different routes available.

“There are so many different scenarios, that it would be extremely difficult to recommend alternative routes and so diversions are not being suggested or signed,” a spokesperson added.

“On this basis, drivers should make judgement based on the roads being closed and plan journeys around them.

“It is not a mandatory requirement to provide diversions.

“We know the road closures and parking restrictions will affect residents, businesses and visitors, so check what’s happening before the day of the event.”

People are being advised to:
* delay journeys until the road reopens
* move vehicles while the roads are open and/or leave it parked off the route so it is not affected
* allow extra travel time and be prepared to wait for access to become available
* speak to a marshal during the event for advice

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