British 800m champion and Olympian Shelayna Oskan-Clarke is poised to officially start the Slough Half Marathon, this Sunday (14 October).
The Slough Half Marathon returns to the borough following an 18 year break and features an exciting new course covering most of the town’s roads, starting and finishing at Salt Hill Park.
The sold out event starts at 9am.
To keep runners and spectators safe during the event, a series of road closures will be in place across the town, which will severely affect people’s ability to move around Slough by car.
A complete list of affected roads can be found on the Slough Borough Council website at: http://www.slough.gov.uk/leisure-parks-and-events/road-closures.aspx.
All roads on the route will be closed at 8.30am and will not be opened again until runners have completed that section of the route, and it is safe to do so.
Residents who live on the route will not be able to drive on the roads that are closed. We advise people to move their cars outside of the route before the closures begin if they need to travel.
Emergency vehicles on blue lights and sirens will maintain access at all times.
Runners and spectators planning on driving to the event can park in one of two designated race car parks:
• Herschel multi storey car park, Herschel Street (opposite Travelodge), Slough, SL1 1XS
• TVU surface level car park, junction of B416 and Wellington Street, Slough.
Drivers must be parked by 8.15am to avoid being affected by road closures.
The 5K fun run is set to take place on the same day as the Slough Half Marathon and starts at 9.15am. The course starts and finishes in Salt Hill Park, and includes Baylis Park.
Councillor Rob Anderson, cabinet member for environment and leisure, said: “In just a few days’ time we will be bringing the Half Marathon back to Slough. This fantastic sporting event showcases our borough and promotes Slough as a thriving centre for business and community.
“Runners will be raising funds for a variety of charities and will be completing some amazing personal challenges and I hope businesses and residents will get behind the Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run and cheer on participants as they go by.
“We understand road closures cause disruption and inconvenience for some of our residents, but we believe this is a small price to pay to deliver a safe, inclusive and positive community event.
“We hope the Slough Half Marathon will inspire local people of all ages to take up physical activity. Staying fit and well means people can take real control of their own health and wellbeing, helping them to lead happy and healthy lives.”
Race participants and spectators can find full details of the event on the council’s website at www.slough.gov.uk/halfmarathon or on Facebook @sloughhalfmarathon and Twitter @SloughCouncil.
The 2018 Slough Half Marathon is sponsored by Morgan Sindall Group companies and endorsed by the Slough Wellbeing Board.