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Motorists Urged To avoid Stroud - Half Marathon
Stroud police are urging motorists to avoid the town on the morning of the annual half-marathon - or risk facing significant delays.
This year's event, which is scheduled to start at 10am on Sunday October 22, is expected to involve up to 2,000 runners.
Most of the 13 mile race will take place on country roads and lanes around Stroud, but some sections will see participants running on roads in the town.
Consequently police will be implementing temporary road closures on several routes to ensure the safety of runners and motorists.
The roads due to be closed during the half-marathon are:
* - The A419 Cainscross Road between Cainscross Roundabout and the Gannicox Lane junction with Cainscross Road - from 9.30am until 1.30 pm.
* - The B4008 Standish Lane between Standish Church and the junction of the A38 - from10.20am until 11.45am.
* - The Nupend (Grove) Lane running from the A38 at Whitminster to the entrance to the Little Chef at the island on the A419 near Chipmans Platt - from 10.30am until 12 noon.
* - Paganhill Lane in both directions - from 10.50am until 12.30 pm.
Insp Nick Holmes, of Stroud police, said motorists could help keep traffic congestion to a minimum by staying out of Stroud on the morning of the race.
"Due to the various road closures it is likely there will be significant delays for motorists who attempt to drive into Stroud during the morning of October 22," he said.
"The event starts at 10am and the bulk of the runners are likely to have completed the course by around 1pm.
"Between these times we would ask drivers to help us by seeking an alternative route around Stroud, or by staying away until the conclusion of the race."
Insp Holmes said the co-operation of motorists would mean fewer problems and ensure a successful and enjoyable event.
"The half marathon is a fantastic occasion for the town. It attracts participants from all over the country," he said.
"Our aim is to make the day as enjoyable for local people as it is for those taking part, but we can only do this with the public's help."
The Stroud Half-Marathon is organised by the Stroud and District Athletic Club.
: 13/10/2006 11:19:37
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