People living in some parts of Preston have recently received a letter from Phil Walsh, the Race Director of the Guild Marathon.
The letter tells residents living in the Penwortham, Ashton, Lea, Cottam, Tulketh and other areas to prepare for road closures and disruption on Sunday 28 October 2012. It also details the route of the Guild Marathon and Half Marathon through the city and nearby countryside.
Approved by the Highways Authority and the Police the route trails through Penwortham and back along Golden Way, Fylde Road, Tulketh Brow, Tom Benson Way, Cottam Way, Lea Road, Sidgreaves Lane, Darkinson Lane, Deepdale Lane, Church Lane, Moor Hall lane, New Hey Lane, Spen Lane, The Orchard, Kirkham Road before looping around Treales back down Kirkham Road and Station Lane following the same route back to Deepdale Lane and to the city centre.
The letter also states that ‘The Guild Marathon and Half Marathon are one of the final events of the Preston Guild 2012. Both races start at the Flag Market at 9am for the Marathon and 10am for the Half Marathon. This will be Preston’s first ever marathon …to occur just once every 20 years…not become an annual event.
Phil Walsh is meeting with businesses, farms, stables, churches etc in the areas affected over the next few weeks to discuss the considerable inconvenience the marathons will bring. The will also be a public meeting on 16 October at St Mary’s RC Primary School at Lea Town to provide more information about water stations and positioning etc.
Will you be affected by the marathon route? Are you taking part in the marathon? Let us know your views in the comments below