Thousands of runners take to the streets for the Leicester Marathon

Thousands of runners will take to the city’s streets today to raise money for charity in the annual Leicester Marathon. The Marathon will raise money for local charities including cancer hospice LOROS.

Victoria Park will serve as the start and finish for a number of races on the day, including the main 26 mile challenge. This will lead to a number of road closures today and impact public transport.

The road closures will commence from 6am and motorists are being advised to allow extra time for journeys as a result.

The route goes from Victoria Park onto the city centre via the following areas:

London Road

St Georges Way

Charles Street

Belgrave Gate

The Golden Mile

From there the route will pass the National Space Centre and Abbey Park, Frog Island and St Margaret’s Way, coming back into the city centre via Church Gate, Highcross Leicester, High Street and Gallowtree Gate. The race will then take in Market Place South, Market Street and King Street on its route to New Walk and onto Victoria Park.

It will then take in parts of Thurmaston, Wanlip, Syston, Queniborough, East Goscote, Thrussington, Rearsby, Ratcliffe on the Wreake and Birstall before coming back into the city at Red Hill Circle.

There will be also be some disruption to bus services, and users are urged to check bus routes before travelling.

Leicester assistant city mayor for culture, leisure and sport, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, said:

“Once again the hugely-popular Leicester marathon will be coming through the city, and we expect thousands of runners, with many thousands of spectators supporting and encouraging them along the route. To ensure the event passes safely, there will be temporary road closures along the route which will cause delays to traffic.

While we’d encourage people to turn out and show their support, we’d also ask drivers to consider using alternative routes to avoid traffic delays while the race is taking place.”