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Cheltenham’s Half Marathon: Important traffic and access information

by Press Release
Wednesday 16th September 2015

Race news: Cheltenham’s Half Marathon - Sunday, September 27, 2015

Cheltenham’s Half Marathon, sponsored by Whole Foods Market, will be taking place on Sunday 27th September 2015. This award-winning event is now in its third year and event organisers are expecting around 4,500 runners on the day, many of whom are fundraising for local and national charities.

Using the town’s streets for the race will cause some temporary changes to usual traffic routes, for a limited period. In planning the event, every effort is made to minimise the disruption caused with the closing of roads. Where closures occur, well-signed diversions will be in place to ensure continued access around the town for motorists and public transport (see attached map)

Roads to be closed, or partially closed, on Sunday 27th September 2015

  • A435 Evesham Road between Albemarle Gate and Clarence Road
  • Central Cross Drive between West Drive & Pittville Lawn
  • West Drive
  • Pittville Lawn between Wellington Road & Albert Road
  • Albemarle Gate
  • Folly Lane/Tommy Taylor's Lane
  • St. Paul’s Road
  • Clarence Squar
  • Clarence Road
  • A46 Winchcombe Street
  • A46 Albion Street between North Street & Winchcombe Street
  • Pittville Street
  • High Street between Promenade & Rodney Road
  • Promenade (A4105)
  • A4105 Montpellier Walk
  • A40 Lansdown Road between Montpellier Walk & Shelburne Road
  • Shelburne Road
  • Hatherley Road between Shelburne Road & Lansdown Road
  • Westal Green & the A40 Andover Road leading into and including A40 Suffolk Road
  • A40 Thirlestaine Road closed eastbound between A46 Bath Road and College Lawn junction (one lane of traffic will be left open westbound to allow access to Bath Road southbound from the east of town)
  • College Lawn Sandford Road closed westbound between College Lawn and A46 Bath Road (one lane of traffic will be left open eastbound, to allow access to/from the Hospital’s main entrance, using College Road)
  • A46 Bath Road between A40 Thirlestaine Road and Montpellier Terrace
  • Montpellier Terrace
  • A46 Imperial Square
  • Rodney Road
  • Prestbury Road (B4632)
  • Tatchley Lane, New Barn Lane (B4075) closed westbound between Prestbury Road roundabout & Albert Road roundabout (eastbound lane open for residents’ access out of New Barn Lane)
  • New Barn Lane between Albert Road & Lexington Square/Cheltenham Racecourse
  • Albert Road between New Barn Lane and Pittville Lawn
  • East Approach Drive
  • West Approach Drive

Road closures will be in operation from 6.00am in most areas, although where possible, before 8.00am, event organisers will try and facilitate residents who do need to drive vehicles out of affected areas.  The race starts at 9.00am and there will be a dynamic reopening schedule from 10:00am onwards, with an approximate reopening schedule as follows:

  • Miles 1 – 2.5: reopen by 10.15am
  • Miles 2.5 – 5: reopen by 11.00am  
  • Miles 5 – 6.5: reopen by 11.15am
  • Miles 6.5 – 8 (Prestbury Road): reopen by 11.45am
  • New Barn Lane (between Tatchley Lane & Albert Road only):  reopen by 12.00pm
  • Miles 12.5 – 13: reopen by 1.00pm
  • Evesham Road: reopen by 2.00pm

Parking restrictions and/or full suspensions will also be in place on the roads marked on the attached map, from 6.00am on Sunday 27th September.  Further information regarding these will be displayed on signage in the affected roads, in advance of the event.  

Jamie Warren, Head of Marketing and Commercial at GO2, said: “We have carefully considered the race route and all appropriate diversions, along with key open roads and access points. We appreciate your understanding with any inconvenience you experience due to these restrictions, and hope this advance notice helps with planning your travel around the closures. Please do allow extra time for your journey, and consider parking your vehicle on a nearby alternative street on the evening of Saturday 26th September, to enable you to carry out your journey on Sunday morning.”

If you require any further information, or a detailed list of the diversions that will be in place, please the organiser at info@go2events.org.uk or on 0845 308 4001. 


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