Travel disruption expected for Nottingham's sporting Sunday

Robin Hood Half Marathon 2011 (l) and City Ground
Image caption The half marathon starts at 09:30 BST while the football kicks off at 13:15 BST

Police have warned people travelling to Nottingham for two of the city's biggest events of the year to prepare for "inevitable" disruption.

The Robin Hood half marathon takes place on Sunday, alongside the East Midlands derby at the City Ground.

Up to 40,000 people are expected to head to the city centre for the match between Nottingham Forest and Derby County and the running event.

Police have asked for people to allow more time than usual for their travel.

Several road closures will be in place from 08:00 BST on Sunday morning.

The 13 mile run, now in its 32nd year, is due to start at Victoria Embankment at 09:30 BST, with the Championship match kicking off at 13:15 BST.

Simultaneous events

Supt Mark Holland, from Nottinghamshire Police, said it was the first occurrence "for some time" where two high profile events have taken place at once, in close proximity.

"We believe Nottingham is capable of hosting both events simultaneously," he said.

"They begin almost four hours apart and we anticipate the vast majority of runners will have completed the course and headed home by the time supporters arrive for the match".

Two special non-stop trains have been planned for fans travelling between Derby and Nottingham on Sunday.

Additional parking has also been organised for the football, with a park and ride service for the marathon taking place between the Queen's Drive Retail Park and the embankment.

The new half marathon route will take runners along Trent Bridge, past Nottingham Castle and through the grounds of Nottingham University.

Roads will reopen after the final runners have passed through each section of the course.

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