Runners, spectators, residents, businesses and visitors are advised to plan journeys accordingly on the weekend of Yorkshire Marathon Festival.
Thousands of runners will gather in York on Sunday 14th October to take part in the sixth Yorkshire Marathon Festival.
Organisers, Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All, are now informing runners, spectators, residents, businesses and visitors that a number of road closures and restrictions will be in place to ensure the safety of all those involved in the marathon, 10 mile and relay events.
The marathon starts and finishes at the University of York’s Heslington campus. It follows a route that takes runners through the historic city centre – passing through the medieval walls – and north eastwards out of the city.
Participants will travel through Stockton on the Forest, Grange Wood, Upper Helmsley, Stamford Bridge, Gate Helmsley, Turkers Wood, Murton, Osbaldwick and back towards Heslington.
To allow organisers to begin setting up the extensive event village, University Road, in York, will be closed between Innovation Way and Green Dykes Lane on Saturday October 13th from 10am. It will re-open at 9pm on Sunday October 14th.
On the Sunday, road closures at the A166, Church Balk, Church Street, Eastfield Lane and Stockhill Close will be in place from 6am.
City centre roads will also be affected by the closures and include Walmgate, Hope Street, Leadmill Lane, Piccadilly, Parliament Street, Blake Street, Duncombe Place, Deangate, Goodramgate and Monkgate.
Further afield, Heworth Green A1036, Stockton Lane, Common Lane, Northgate Lane, Holtby Lane, Murton Way, Bad Bargain Lane and Osbaldwick Lane will be among those affected.
All road closures will be lifted as soon as the safety of runners, spectators and visitors can be assured.
Yorkshire Marathon course director Tristan Batley-Kyle said: “The Yorkshire Marathon has grown into a major event on the running calendar, attracting runners from both home and abroad whilst raising funds for some excellent local charities.
“Unfortunately with an event of this size, a certain amount of disruption is unavoidable and we would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.
“We will work extremely hard to ensure that the road closures are lifted as soon as possible.”
There will also be a number of parking restrictions in place from 4pm on the Saturday to 6pm on the Sunday with a park and ride service offered for all runners, spectators and visitors. Click for more information on Park and Ride services.
The marathon is expected to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes including its official partner charities which are the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Macmillan Cancer Support, Candlelighters, The Children’s Hospital Charity, Alzheimer’s Society, Martin House Children’s Hospice, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, St Leonard’s Hospice, St Gemma’s Hospice and the Stroke Association.