Runners on their marks for Plymouth 10km race
FINAL preparations are underway for the second Plymouth 10km race.
The 2012 run will be taking place on Sunday November 4, starting in the city centre and taking runners up to the Embankment.
A recent addition to the city's event calendar, the event is now in its second year and has attracted around 2,000 runners, many of whom are fundraising for charity.
Using the city's streets for the race will cause some changes to usual traffic routes.
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In planning the event, organisers said every effort is being made to minimise the disruption caused with the closing of roads.
Where closures occur, signed diversions will be put in place to ensure continued access around the city for motorists and public transport.
Following consultation with the city council, organisers have made a few amendments to the route. The roads closed, or partially closed (*), are: Princess Street*, Princess Ope Street, Armada Way, Princess Way, Derry's Cross*, Royal Parade*, St Andrew's Cross*, Exeter Street*, Charles Cross Roundabout*, Shapters Road*, Gdynia Way*, Embankment Road*, Breton Side and Exeter Street*.
On Royal Parade and throughout Exeter Street the Eastbound carriageway will remain completely open to traffic. On Exeter Street Westbound, one lane will remain open between Sutton Road and Breton Side.
Road closures will start operating from 6am in most areas, with a re-opening schedule from 9.30am to ensure roads are re-opened as soon as runners have completed that section of the route.
The majority of roads will be re-opened fully by 10.30am. All the roads listed above will be closed or partially closed between 6am and 10.30am.
Exceptions include: 5am to midday Princess Street (between Lockyer Street and Princess Ope Street) and Armada Way (leading to the Guildhall) will be closed to traffic. Parking will also be suspended on these roads for the duration of this period.
Embankment Road towards the A38 will be closed to traffic from 6am to 9.30am and diversions will be in place.
Many runners may be using the race, which is traffic-free and relatively flat, as a training run for the Plymouth Half Marathon on April 28, 2013.
The Plymouth 10km's official charities are Children's Hospice South West and Cancer Research UK, but every year participating runners raise thousands of pounds for various causes.
For more details visit www.plymouth10k.co.uk.