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Bracknell town prepares for half marathon

Published: 26 Apr 2013 17:000 comments

MORE than 1,000 runners will be pounding the pavements this weekend for the Bracknell Half Marathon.

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The race - which will take place on Sunday (April 28) - will mostly be run on footpaths and cycleways, however there will still be a number of rolling road closures throughout the morning.

Motorists are reminded to allow extra time for their journey and take care when driving near the 13.1-mile race route - which starts and finishes at South Hill Park.

All places in the race have now been taken.

Organiser Chris Vaal, leisure development manager at Bracknell Forest Council, said: "We put the road closures in place to help ensure the safety of the runners.

"We are aware that there is a certain amount of disruption for local residents, but we will be working with our traffic management company to keep the disruption to a minimum. Roads will be re-opened as soon as it is safe to do so."

He added: "The race receives fantastic support from the local community, which I know the runners really appreciate."

Cllr Iain McCracken, executive member for culture, added: "Runners training for this event will be starting to taper down now, and will be making final preparations for the big day. Good luck to everyone taking part in this sell-out event."

Road closures:

l Ringmead between Finmere and Earlwood from 8.45-9.15am for the start of the race in front of South Hill Park.

l South Hill Road from the junction with Beckford Avenue to Bracknell Leisure Centre from 8.45-9.30am.

l Western Road from the junction with Downshire Way to the junction with Easthampstead Road from 8.45-10.15am.

l Binfield Road from the junction with Jocks Lane to Frampton's Bridge Roundabout (Harvest Ride) from 8.45-11am. There will also be secondary road closures and traffic control at various points along the route including:

l Priestwood Avenue between Windlesham Road and Underhill.

l Moordale Avenue at the end of Jubilee Way/Coppice Green.

l Warfield Road/Newell Green.

l Jigs Lane South/Harvest Ride.

l Julius Hill/Harvest Ride.

l Lily Hill Road/Longhill Road.

l Farningham at the footpath/cycleway crossing.

l Nuneaton at the footpath/cycleway crossing.

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