It’s on your marks for the starting pistol for this year’s Luton half-marathon on Sunday.
And to celebrate its five year anniversary, organisers have introduced a 10k run and are urging residents to get out and cheer on the runners.
Both the Marathon and the 10k race will begin at Stockwood Park Athletics Centre and take runners through Luton and finish in the town centre.
This year’s half marathon course has been refreshed but still takes in the stunning grounds of Luton Hoo estate with runners passing the iconic mansion
house and breathtaking landscape.
The 10k will not go into the grounds of Luton Hoo and therefore makes the new course much more accessible to all, but still a great opportunity for those raising money for charities or looking to take on a new challenge whilst still getting to experience the great atmosphere on the day.
Both courses are on road, some parts are hilly, making the course challenging at times, but they are evenly spread throughout. All this coupled with beautiful scenery and being traffic free makes for a wonderful experience.
In order to ensure the safety of those taking part, extensive road closures will be in place while the race is taking place.
Road closures go in place from 8am and there will be no traffic movement until both races are completed. A fully qualified and experienced convoy will follow the race and will lift the road closures as soon as it is safe to do so, allowing traffic to flow as normal. All road closures will be lifted by no later than 1pm.
As no traffic will be permitted onto the route while the road closures are in place, residents are asked to plan alternative routes or set out either before or after the race.
Linsey Frostick, Chairperson for Love Luton said: “We have more than 950 runners signed up to take part this Sunday. It will be fantastic to welcome so many runners, some of whom are travelling for up to three hours to attend.
“This is a truly unique event for Luton, running through the heart of the borough and finishing by the iconic Town Hall building.
“We appreciate that shutting the roads may slightly impact on motorists, but safety is paramount and we ask that residents come out and support runners as they travel past. We do hope the event continues to inspire people to take up running and other sports”.
Roads affected include: Bridge Street, Castle Street, Church Street, Cromwell Hill, Cumberland Street, Cutenhoe Road. Flowers Way. George Street, Guildford Street, Hucklesby Way, Kingsdown Avenue, London Road, Manchester Street, Old Bedford Road, Park Street, Park Street West, Reginald Street, Stockingstone Road, Wellington Street.
The event will be fully marshalled throughout with both Bedfordshire Police and security.
St. John Ambulance will also be located throughout the course.
To see the full list of closures visit www.loveluton.org.uk/halfmarathon.
If you require any further information please visit the website www.loveluton.org.uk/halfmarathon or email firstname.lastname@example.org