New route unveiled for Plymouth 10k race 2012
THE new-and-improved route for this year's Plymouth 10k run has been announced.
About 2,000 runners are expected to take part in this year's race which takes place at the beginning of next month.
Organisers GO2 yesterday unveiled the new route for the event.
The course will start on Princess Street, running along Royal Parade, into Exeter Street and along Embankment Road.
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It will then loop back on itself for the return route finishing where it began at Princess Street.
Road closures will be enforced across the city centre to produce a traffic-free course for runners.
The closures will begin taking effect from 6am on the morning of the event, and will be lifted as part of a dynamic re-opening schedule during the morning and completed by 10.30am.
During this period, diversions will be put in place and will be fully signposted.
Organisers said plenty of nearby car parks will be open on the day of the race, which won't be affected by the road closures.
But they are warning competitors and spectators alike that the Theatre Royal Car Park and the Civic Centre Car Park will not be accessible between 6am and 10.30am.
The organisers have ensured that there will be lots of points along the route for spectators to watch and to show their support for all the runners.
GO2's Amy Budd said: "Runners will have a variety of reasons to run; in memory of loved ones; for a personal challenge; in support of a charity; as part of a fitness regime or simply a passion for running.
"Last year the route started and finished on Royal Parade but having consulted with runners, and with the city council, we decided that beginning the run from Princess Street makes it a more pleasant run for those taking part.
"They still run along Royal Parade but they hit the stretch along the Embankment much sooner. It will also help with traffic flow and cause less disruption to Plymouth."
The official charity partners are Children's Hospice South West and Cancer Research.
The run takes place on November 4.