Saturday, April 13

These are the 25 roads which will be closed today for Stafford Half Marathon

A number of roads are to be closed in Stafford today to make way for a popular half marathon. The event will see 3,000 runners tackle a 13.1-mile route around the town.

The half marathon starts at 10am in Stafford Street in the town centre. The Stafford Fun Run will also take place at around 10.10am after the half marathon runners have set off.

Carolyn Trowbridge, Stafford Borough Council’s cabinet member for leisure, said: “The Stafford Half Marathon is always one of the most popular events in the local sporting calendar. It is more than just a race – it is the opportunity for runners to raise thousands of pounds for charities, often with very personal stories of taking on this challenge to remember loved ones or help those in need.

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“It will be great to see the runners cheered on by enthusiastic spectators who line the route and help all the competitors to keep going to the very end. Alongside the Stafford Half is our ‘Fun Run’ which is a positive way to get youngsters, along with their families, involved in physical activity in the wonderful atmosphere in the heart of our county town. I hope it will encourage our younger residents to be the half marathon runners of the future.”

Race director Liz Hulse added: “We are delighted to be back in the county town delivering this well-established community event. All the road closures are phased to keep disruption to a minimum and are in place for the safety of runners, volunteers and the public.

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“These events are a great way to engage with local people, especially the Fun Run which is really accessible to all – whether children, families looking to run together or those new to running. We are pleased to see so many children joining in with their families, because a fun event like this can instil an active lifestyle from a young age.

“Volunteers from local organisations also help with stewarding, handing out water, bananas, T-shirts and medals, as well as directing runners. We couldn’t do it without them, so a huge ‘thank you’ to all those people and good luck to everyone taking part.”

The following roads will be closed between 6am and 1.30pm today (Sunday):

Bridge Street, Gaolgate Street, Market Street, Market Square, Greengate Street (Market Square to South Walls), South Walls (Greengate Street to Junction of Greengate Street Service Road), Eastgate Street (Cope Street to Malt Mill Lane), Malt Mill Lane, North Walls/Salter Street Service Road, Salter Street (part to exit of Vine Hotel Car Park) St Martin’s Place, Martin Street, Greengate Street Service Road, Tipping Street, Stafford Street, Crabbery Street (Except for St John Ambulance), Chapel Street, Princes Street, Mill Street junction of Greengate Street, Mill Street to have one way reversed, Mill Bank to junction of Water Street, and the cycle route from Izaak Walton Street to Doxey Road.

Earl Street (from Broad Street junction to St Mary’s Mews access) will be closed from 7am to 11am for the start of the race.

The following roads will be closed between9am and 10.30am:

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Broad Street to junction of Broad Eye, Mount Street; Water Street and Church Lane will have limited access (if it is possible to do so, after the race has started at 10am the additional security measures will be removed and the access to Mount Street car park will be restored; stewards will control this).

The following roads will be closed between 9.15am and 1pm:

Station Road (limited access to Station at start of race), Newport Road to Kingsway Island, Friars Road. Baswich lane northbound between Weeping Cross and Porlock Avenue. Baswich Lane between Tilcon Avenue and Tixall Road. St Thomas Lane, Weston Road Westbound closure, Marlborough Avenue. Portal road at its junction with Beaconside. Bertelin Road Junction on B5066 Sandon Road to A513 Sandon Road. (A34) Stone Road Northbound from Greyfriars to Holmcroft Road. (A34) Stone Road Southbound from Beaconside to Holmcroft Road.

Temporary traffic controls will be in use throughout the route including, but not limited to: Wolverhampton Rd, Lichfield Rd, Radford Bank, Tixall Rd, Holmcroft Rd and Doxey Rd.

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