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Saturday, 23 August 2014

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Carlisle road closures for Great Cumbrian Run

Organisers have warned that two main roads will close in Carlisle to allow runners to cross during this weekend’s Great Cumbrian Run.

Police will temporarily stop traffic at key parts of the race route as more than 1,000 competitors take part in the annual event on Sunday.

There will be some disruption on Castle Way at about 9.55am while runners cross between the starting point at Carlisle Castle and make their way onto Castle Street.

Traffic on Warwick Road will also face disruption at about 11am.

The car park at The Sheepmount will be closed throughout the event and The Sheepmount track and football pitches will be closed to people other than event competitors until 2pm.

The race, sponsored by the Cumberland Building Society and managed by Carlisle Leisure Limited, is now in its 30th year and is a big fundraiser for local charities.

“Spectators are very welcome along the route and at the finish at The Sheepmount,” said a spokesman. “Lead athletes are expected to enter the Sheepmount Stadium at approximately 11am.”

The race will be started by Eilish McColgan, who ran in the 3,000m steeplechase at the London 2012 Olympics and is the daughter of track legend Liz.

Runners taking part in the half marathon start at the castle and take a route through the city centre, down London Road on to Cumwhinton, Wetheral and Scotby, before heading down Warwick Road to Rickerby Park, Bitts Park and finishing at the Sheepmount.

Last year’s race was won in a time of 71min 16sec by James Buis, from Great Corby. Vicky Hindson won the women’s race in 85min 13sec.

The Eden Valley Hospice and the Carlisle and District Sport and Physical Activity Foundation are this year’s nominated charities.

Organisers say it is not too late to enter. Download application forms from www.greatcumbrianrun.co.uk or email gcr@carlisleleisure.com.

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