2013 Yeovil Half Marathon: Run-up to big race adds to thrill
Hundreds of runners are preparing to hit the streets of Yeovil tomorrow morning for the town’s half marathon.
The third annual Yeovil Half Marathon will get under way at Huish Park at 9am on Sunday.
More than 940 runners have signed up in advance for the 13.1-mile challenge.
Martyn Starnes, chief executive of Yeovil Town, will start the race at the club’s ground, which will act as the start, finish and race headquarters for the event.
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And it will also play host to broadcaster Steve Carpenter, who will be doing a live broadcast backed up by Simon Slade’s live reports from around the route.
Runners will follow the same route as last year, which will include the King of the Hill race up Hendford Hill.
The event has been growing in popularity since it was first held in 2011.
Last year’s event drew 1,000 runners and organisers Total Buzz Events have secured prize funds in a bid to get some high- speed runners involved.
The race winners will receive £400, while second place will win £200, third place £100, fourth place £50 and fifth place £25.
Winners of the King of the Hill race will also receive a prize of £50, and an additional £50 will be awarded to runners that break the King of the Hill or the course records.
The prizes were made possible thanks to donations from local businesses, including Bradfords Building Supplies, Westerly Mini and Somax Driver Training.
Steve Elliott, of Total Buzz Events, said: “With race day closing in, we have a very exciting race in prospect.
“Some quality runners from around the region will be contesting the race win. The masses will line the streets with colour and energy. I most look forward to the supportive town population coming out in big numbers to give each of the runners some proper South Somerset support.”
Runners will also be handed a goody bag and a medal when they cross the finish line.
The design of the medal has been kept a closely-guarded secret after being designed by Kevin Burton, managing director of John Burton Signs.
Mr Burton, who is also running the race, revealed that the design features numbers that make up 2013 and the race distance of 13.1 miles.
Spectators will be able to watch the race with live entertainment at a number of hot spots. These include Goldenstones Leisure Centre on Brunswick Street between 9.20am and 10.15am, the Quicksilver Mail on Hendford Hill between 9.40am and 10.40am, and Bunford Lane which can be accessed by walking from Huish Park between 9.50am and 11.20am.
Road closures will take place from Lufton Way to Copse Road from 8.45am until 9.15am and 9.45am and 1pm, and Bunford Road from 9.30am until 12.30pm.
Police will be controlling traffic on Lysander Road where runners will be crossing near Laburnum Way between 9.45am and 11am.
Delays should be expected at the zebra crossing on Mudford Road where athletes will cross the road near Chilton Grove from 9.10am until 9.30am.
Drivers should also be aware of runners on Western Avenue, Thorne Lane and Combe Street Lane from 9am to 9.30am.
Remember to visit This is Somerset tomorrow for race results, videos and hundreds of pictures.