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Leicester Marathon comes to city’s streets this weekend

Published on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Runners taking part in the Leicester Marathon

MORE than three thousand runners will take to Leicester’s streets this weekend for the annual Leicester Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay Challenge races.

Runners will pass through a number of streets in the city and out into the county for the series of races, which take place on Sunday, October 6, with rolling road closures in place to allow them to pass safely.

The half marathon and marathon set off together from the start and finish point at Victoria Park, at 8.45am.

Runners will travel along Granville Road, London Road, St Georges Way, Charles Street, Belgrave Gate and onto Belgrave Road. From there they will travel along Melton Road northbound to Wanlip, where the full and half marathon routes will split.

Half marathon runners will then go to Watermead Park, towards Birstall through Whiles Lane, Front Street and Wanlip Lane, and back into the city at the Red Hill Circle roundabout.

The route then brings them down Loughborough Road, Thurcaston Road, past the National Space Centre, across Abbey Park, down St Margaret’s Way and into the city centre via Church Gate, Butt Close Lane, Causeway Lane, Bath House Lane and into St Peter’s Square, before heading along High Street, Gallowtree Gate, Bishop Street, Bowling Green Street and Belvoir Street.

The home straight is along New Walk, to Granville Road and into Victoria Park once more.

The full-length marathon will split off at Wanlip and head up to Queniborough, Syston, East Goscote and Thrussington, before returning to Wanlip and following the same route used by the half marathon back into the city centre. 

The last runners are expected to finish around 3pm at Victoria Park.

Leicester deputy city mayor for culture, leisure and sport, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, said: “The Leicester Marathon is a fantastic event that raises money for some very worthy local causes including the LOROS hospice.

“Thousands of people are taking part in the race, and thousands more friends, family and other supports will be lining the route to cheer them on and encourage them along the way.

“The rolling road closures along the route are there to keep the runners and marshals safe, and ensure the event is once again enjoyable and successful for everyone involved.”

Full details of roads affected can be found on the event’s website at leicestermarathon.org.uk/road-closures 

Race director Andrew Ward added: “We do our absolute best to make sure that all local residents are made aware of the event beforehand and would encourage everyone to come out and support what is such a fantastic event for the whole city.

“We can’t wait to see everyone lining the streets again for this year’s marathon. It’s such a great atmosphere on the day and ultimately raises thousands of pounds for LOROS Hospice and other local charities.”

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