Roads to be shut for run

Hundreds of runners of all shapes and sizes will be pounding the streets this weekend as the Perkins Great Eastern Run comes to the city.

While amateur athletes will be raising thousands of pounds for charity, a series of road closures will be put in place to keep the runners safe.

Both the half marathon and the Anna’s Hope fun run will start and finish on The Embankment. The 5km fun run starts at 10am on Sunday October 9 and the half marathon follows at 10.30am. Rivergate, Bourges Boulevard (southbound) from the Queensgate roundabout, Priestgate, Cathedral Square, Long Causeway and Broadway will all be closed between 9.30am and 10.45am. All other roads along the route will be closed from 9.30am until 2pm. However, as the last runner passes each mile point, that road junction will reopen.

The mile points and approximate reopening times are: 1 mile - 11am - Broadway to Northminster; 2 mile - 11.15am - Park Road to Park Crescent; 3 mile - 11.30am - Fulbridge Road to Foxdale; 4 mile - 11.45am - Paston Ridings to Witham Way; 5 mile - 12pm - Corfe Avenue to Rockingham Grove; 6 mile - 12.15pm - Lincoln Road to Staverton Road; 7 mile - 12.30pm - David’s Lane to Hodgson Avenue; 8 mile - 12.45pm - Fulbridge Road to Aster Drive ; 9 mile - 1pm - Donaldson Drive to Pratt Avenue ; 10 mile - 1.15pm - Fulbridge Road to Tennyson Road ; 11 mile - 1.30pm - Dogsthorpe Road to Park Road; 12 mile - 1.45pm - Eastfield Road to Boongate; 13 mile - 2pm - Embankment - finish.

Annette Joyce, service director for city services and communications at Peterborough City Council said: “With the Perkins Great Eastern Run fast approaching it’s important residents and businesses take note of these road closures. The race is one of the biggest events on our annual calendar and we expect many hundreds of residents and visitors to come out and support the runners along the course.”