Women from all over the country are gathering in Castlebar this morning to take part in the West of Ireland Women's Mini-Marathon.

A number of roads in the Castlebar area will be closed for several hours today, to faciliatate the 10km run / walk, which starts from the Courthouse at 12 noon, while the Childrens Run starts five minutes later.

Large numbers of families, friends and supporters are also expected in the county town, with music, entertainment and refreshments available at The Mall.

Roads around the Mall, Ellison Street and Lower Spencer Street are closed this morning, while closures later will include Duke Street, Newport Road to Pound Road, Gallows Hill, New Line, the Pontoon Road to Ballinacarriga, and from Ballynacarriga tp Ballynew, Staball Hill, Thomas Street, Bridge St and Main Street.

The road closures will be temporary, following the progress of participants in the marathon, and motorists should expect delays in and around Castlebar for the next few hours.

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