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Leicester Marathon takes to city streets

Published on Monday, October 17, 2016

THOUSANDS of runners will take to the city's streets to raise money for charity this weekend in the annual Leicester Marathon.

This year’s events take place on Sunday, October 23, and will see runners taking part in a number of different races, which all start and finish at Victoria Park and take in a series of routes through the city.

A series of road closures will be brought in along the route from 6am to allow for the races to take place, and motorists are being advised to allow extra time for journeys as a result.

The route goes from Victoria Park onto the city centre via London Road, St Georges Way, Charles Street and Belgrave Gate, before heading out along the Golden Mile and into the county.

It will then take in parts of Thurmaston, Wanlip, Syston, Queniborough, East Goscote, Thrussington, Rearsby, Ratcliffe on the Wreake and Birstall before coming back into the city at Red Hill Circle.

From there the route will pass the National Space Centre and Abbey Park, Frog Island and St Margaret's Way, coming back into the city centre via Church Gate, Highcross Leicester, High Street and Gallowtree Gate.

The race will then take in Market Place South, Market Street and King Street on its route to New Walk and onto Victoria Park.

There will be some disruption to bus services. Buses due to depart from Charles Street or Humberstone Gate before 9.45am will be delayed until the marathon passes.

Bus services will not serve Causeway Lane, Horsefair Street, Belvoir Street or Welford Place until approximately 3.15pm. 

Bus services will also not operate along Abbey Park Road, Thurcaston Road or Loughborough Road until about 2.45pm

The Leicester Marathon will raise money for local charities including cancer hospice LOROS. 

Leicester assistant city mayor for culture, leisure and sport, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, said: "Once again the hugely-popular Leicester Marathon will be coming through the city, and we expect thousands of runners, with many thousands of spectators supporting and encouraging them along the route. 

"To ensure the event passes safely, there will be temporary road closures along the route which will cause delays to traffic.”

"While we'd encourage people to turn out and show their support, we'd also ask drivers to consider using alternative routes to avoid traffic delays while the race is taking place." 

LOROS are beneficiaries of the marathon, and organise the volunteers who help run the event.

LOROS Fundraising Co-ordinator Laura Fitzsawyer added: "We would like to thank everyone who is taking part in the Leicester Marathon. A very special thank you must go to all the marshals who have very kindly given their valuable time.  

"The support that the local community gives to LOROS is truly astounding and means we can carry on caring for local patients and supporting their families." 

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