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Athletes to go the distance for Bradford City Runs
A race through Bradford is back on track for success after a marshalling blunder cut short last year’s event.
So far 100 runners have registered for Bradford City Runs on Sunday, October 27, but organisers say they are expecting 1,000 at the start-line.
Online registration is now open and entries are coming in fast with a half price loyalty discount being offered to 2012 runners being extended to Sunday.
Last year the race had already been reduced from a gruelling half-marathon to a 5K loop with the option of going around twice for the 10K race but a marshalling error at a turn point reduced the 5K to a 4.4km circuit and the 10K down to 8.8km – prompting complaints from some runners.
But race director Mark Hetherington is confident the 2013 event will run smoothly thanks to the new partnership between Bradford Council and Bradford Athletics Network with marshalling and stewarding support from a host of the district’s sporting, educational and community organisations.
“Entries are coming in fast and we will be drumming up publicity soon with lots of big posters and putting information out over the big screen in the city centre. We’re expecting about 1,000 runners in all,” he said.
Participants of all standards will be able to choose their preferred challenge of either a 5k, 10k or half marathon distance – those doing a 5k will do a single lap, the 10k course will involve two laps and those competing in the half marathon will do four laps plus a short extra loop.
All the runs start at 9.30am and the 10K event will also include a club challenge for registered running clubs. It starts and finishes at the foot of Thornton Road adjacent Bradford’s multi-award winning City Park.
The course will go along Thornton Road, Listerhills Road, Smith Street and Longside Lane. At the top of Longside Lane, it veers left on to Shearbridge Road, on to Great Horton Road to its junction with Claremont and back along Great Horton Road, then turning on to Laisteridge Lane.
From there it is left on to Easby Road and straight on to Morley Street, left on to Chester Street, then left on to Great Horton Road, right on to Richmond Road though the University campus, right on to Longside Lane, left on to Thornton Road, right on to Prince’s Way and left on to the path round City Park and back on to Prince’s Way either finishing in Goodwin Start or starting the next lap on Thornton Road again.
The extra 1.1k loop to make it a half-marathon takes in the top of Longside Lane, Shearbridge Road, Legrams Lane, Cottam Avenue, Flaxton Place, Woodhead Road and back to Shearbridge Road to re-join the main route.
Epilepsy Action and Sue Ryder will benefit from a significant proportion of the registration fees but runners can also raise money for their own charities.
To get involved go to bradfordcity runs.co.uk and choose your distance.
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