York & North Yorkshire

Yorkshire Marathon: Roads closed ahead of race

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Image caption The event will pass through the centre of York before heading out of the city on Sunday

Roads close to the University of York are being closed on Saturday in preparation for the start of the Yorkshire Marathon event.

Organisers said the setting up of "an extensive events village" meant University Road between Innovation Way and Green Dykes Lane would be closed.

Further road closures along the route would follow before the race on Sunday.

Some 7,000 runners are expected and the university road will be closed to traffic until 21:00 on Sunday.

The marathon's route travels through the historic centre of York before taking runners out of the city.

Road closures 'necessary'

Participants will travel through, or close by, Stockton on the Forest, Grange Wood, Upper Helmsley, Stamford Bridge, Gate Helmsley, Turkers Wood, Murton, Osbaldwick and back towards Heslington.

Elsewhere, closures on the Sunday will begin from 06:00 BST and will affect roads around the 26.2 mile course.

City centre roads affected by the closures include: Walmgate, Hope Street, Leadmill Lane, Piccadilly, Parliament Street, Blake Street, Duncombe Place, Deangate, Goodramgate and Monkgate.

Further afield, Heworth Green A1036, Stockton Lane, The Village, Common Lane, Northgate Lane, Holtby Lane, Murton Way, Bad Bargain Lane and Osbaldwick Lane will be among those affected.

Marathon spokeswoman Lisa Ashcroft said: "The response to last year's marathon was superb and we are really looking forward to this year's run.

"Of course, as with any event of this magnitude some road closures will necessary to ensure the safety of the participants and spectators."

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