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Bradford City Run changes ‘to draw athletes’
Organisers of this year’s Bradford City Run have said changes in the location and route will significantly reduce the cost of the event to taxpayers.
The race, which had gained fame as a tough half-marathon winding through the Bradford countryside, was due to be held in September, but has now been moved to December to prevent clashes with similar events in the region.
The event, which now features a 5k loop from the city centre, with the option of completing it twice for those wishing to participate in a 10k race, will start and finish at the City Park , where a Sports Village will be located, on Sunday, December 2.
The race will start at 10am.
Councillor Andrew Thornton , Bradford Council’s executive member for sport and leisure, said: “The Bradford City Run has moved to December this year so the race does not clash with other similar events that are being held in the region.
“We want to attract as many people to take part as possible and don’t want this to be at the expense of other events.”
Key regional runs taking place in September include the Great North Run, the Kirkstall Abbey seven-mile race and the Horsforth 10k.
Meanwhile, organisers have said the revised route and location will “considerably” reduce traffic management and stewarding costs for Bradford Council.
And the revised distance is also expected to attract more runners, who might have previously been put off by the steep inclines and distance of last year’s route.
Coun Thornton said: “The location change and updated route brings the run into the city and will bring visitors into the city centre with the chance for them to see our stunning City Park.”
For more information, or to enter the race, visit bradforcityrun.com.