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  • HALF MARATHON

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    Fun Run

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    WelcomeWelcome to the Stafford Half Marathon, School and Family Fun Run and the Junior Mile, where this year sees the celebration of the Stafford Half Marathons 25th anniversary.

    This handbook has been designed to guide you through the pre race nerves and to ensure that you know everything you need to know about the events, including how to get to the start line, health and safety information and the all important route maps. For all those wacky fun runners out there, dont forget that fancy dress really makes for a colourful event, and on the spot prizes are dished out on the day for the craziest and best costumes!

    We would like to thank all of our sponsors and supporters of the events - without them the day would not be possible. Finally, we wish you the best of luck and hope you have an enjoyable day.

    Adam Hill | Head of Leisure ServicesStafford borough Council

    Contentsevent day Programme 03

    Spectators 03

    enquiries desk 05

    Parking 05

    Half marathonImportant Information 07Start Line Instructions 09Race Description 11 - 12Route Map 13Finish Area and Prizes 15How To Attach Your Chip Timing Tag 17

    Junior mileHow To Attach Your Chip Timing Tag 17

    Junior mile Fun runImportant Information 19Route Map and Run Description 21Finish Area and Prizes 23

    Athletics training Courses 25

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    Event Day Programme

    SpectatorsAn enthusiastic crowd makes all the difference to the runners, so please give your support!

    There is plenty of space for spectators in the start/finish area of Staffords Market Square, Stafford Street and town centre where the Signal 1 event stage team will be providing course updates and street entertainers will be entertaining the crowds. Spectators must stay behind the crowd barriers and not attempt to access or cross the course at key times.

    Viewing is possible along the whole Half Marathon course, although you are reminded to respect local residents.

    NOTE: Please remember to dispose of your litter responsibly.

    Certain areas where runners welcome a crowd include the 4 5 mile point at Milford, the disused railway at approx 11 miles and Victoria Park near the start/finish area, please see the course map [page 13] for details.

    8.00am to 10.00am enquiries desk openMarket Square

    9.00am to 10.15am Fun run Late entry desk openMarket Square

    10.00am to 1.00pm Family Street entertainmentMarket Square

    10.00am Junior mile StartMarket Square[first runner back approx 10.08am]

    10.25am Hand Cyclist StartStafford Street[first cyclist back approx 11.10am]

    10.30am Half marathon StartStafford Street [first runner back approx 11.40am]

    10.40am Fun run StartMarket Square

    10.45am Junior mile Prize GivingSignal 1 Stage, Market Square

    12.30pm for 1.00pm start Half marathon Prize Giving Stafford Gatehouse Theatre

    1.00pm Course ClosesStewards stand down androad closures are lifted

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    Parking in Stafford S Start LineF Finish Gantry

    Long Stay

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    Long and Short Stay

    Saturday Short Stay

    Fit 4 Life of Stafford

    Stafford Gatehouse theatre

    * Access restricted to/from car park between 9.45am to 11.00am

    For further information on Public Parking in Stafford, contact:TEL 01785 619 000EMAIL carparking@taffordbc.gov.ukWEB www.staffordbc.gov.uk

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    Important InformationEnquiries DeskA marquee will be sited in Market Square to deal with any enquiries on the morning of the event. Open from 8.00am to 10.00am.

    NOTE: No on the day entries are permitted for the Stafford Half Marathon and Junior Mile events.

    NOTE: For the Fun Run, pre-entry by Friday 27 February is preferred, however on the day entries will be available between 9.00am and 10.15am. Be aware there is a 2 surcharge [including those attending schools in Stafford Borough].

    Changing/StorageRunners are asked to arrive changed and leave belongings in cars where possible. Limited changing facilities are available at Stafford Leisure Centre, Lammascote Road and bag storage for Half Marathon participants is available in Fit4Life of Stafford in Salter Street.

    Parking in Stafford See map belowFree parking is available on Sundays in Stafford Borough Council owned car parks. Further information on Public Parking in Stafford is also available:

    TEL 01785 619 000EMAIL carparking@staffordbc.gov.ukWEB staffordbc.gov.uk

    TEL 01785 253 389

  • address Stafford Leisure Centre, Lammascote Road, Stafford ST16 3TA [next to ASDA Supermarket]tel 01785 619 500email slc@staffordbc.gov.ukweb staffordbc.gov.uk/staffordleisurecentre

    eight lane 25 metre swimming pool | teaching pool with state of the art moveable floor | main gym housing up to 100 pieces of equipment | easy line gym circuit | multi-purpose fitness studio | squash courts | four-court sports hall | training suite | crche | body tonic beauty suite and massage | activo membership offering great value access to the centres facilities and activities - please call for prices

    six lane 25 metre swimming pool | squash courts | four-court sports hall | education suite offering a range of sports training courses and seminars | floodlit synthetic all-weather pitch | four competition-sized tarmac tennis courts | infared sauna

    enhanced fitness facility housing up to 80 pieces of equipment | multi-purpose studio facility offering a range of fitness classes | crche | three tarmac tennis courts | outdoor football pitches[call 01785 619 589 for pitch bookings]

    LeisureServices

    address Oulton Road, Stone ST15 8DRtel 01785 815 715 email alleynes@staffordbc.gov.ukweb staffordbc.gov.uk/alleynes

    address Stafford Road, Stone ST15 8QWtel 01785 619 600 email westbridge@staffordbc.gov.ukweb staffordbc.gov.uk/westbridge

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    Running on the Road All runners should always be aware of the following: Keep to the left hand side of the

    road and do not deviate from the official course, as you may wander outside of road closure zones. Follow any direction arrows [black arrow on a yellow sign] and temporary road traffic signs. Follow all instructions from police and stewards. Be aware of moving traffic and other road or footpath users.

    Water Stations Available at the following locations: 5 miles Milford Common 8 miles St Thomas Lane 11 miles Common Road Bridge 13.1 miles Market Square [Finish] Bottled water is available at all

    stations which will be positioned in areas where traffic is not permitted. Runners should be aware of other runners slowing down or stopping at these points. Please move on from the water station once you have taken your drink.Please take only one bottle of