Runners at the start of last year's half-marathon. 140816JT1-81
Runners at the start of last year's half-marathon. 140816JT1-81

More than 1,200 runners have signed up to take part in Sunday’s Newark Half-marathon.

Registration starts at 8am by the Tom Mann Pavilion in Sconce and Devon Park.

Runners will then make their way from the park to the start mid-way along Hawton Road from 9.40am.

The event will be started by the Mayor of Newark, Mrs Rita Crowe, at 10am with runners heading towards Hawton and  Farndon before turning left on to Fosse Road.

They will run through East Stoke towards Eden Hall Day Spa, the event’s main sponsor, where they will turn left at the mini-roundabout to run through Elston towards Thorpe and then head back to Hawton.

The final stretch is along Hawton Road and Valley Prospect. They will then turn into Sconce and Devon Park for the last half mile through the park.

There will also be a 2km fun run in the park starting from the pavilion at 10.15am, which is aimed at children. It is possible to enter on the day.

Representatives from four clubs — Newark Striders, Notfast Running Club, Newark Athletic Club and Fernwood Running Club — have helped to organise the event.

The clubs got together last year to ensure a return of the half-marathon after a four-year break.

The race co-ordinator is Mr Jeremy Reichelt and the race site manager is Mr Ernie Clarke, both from Notfast.

The race director is Mr Neill Mison, of Fernwood Running Club.

Importance of staying hydrated

He said the course had remained the same as last year but they had introduced an extra water station and would be having a sponge station at the ten-mile marker.

Mr Mison said it was vital runners kept well hydrated. Last year one of the competitors collapsed 300m from the finish line because of dehydration and spent two days in hospital.

He hoped spectators would come out to encourage the runners.

“For the less experienced runners it can really help, especially when they reach the ten or 11-mile stage,” he said.

Last year the event was won by Dave Archer, of Hallam shire Harriers, in 1hr 10mins 46secs.

He is not among the entrants this year but Mr Mison said they were expecting a couple of elite runners which could mean  a new course record is set.

Other entrants include Becky Gallop, of Newark Athletic Club, who was the first local female last year and sixth overall and fellow club member Bethany Scotney, who will be wearing number one.

Steve Goodwin, a former member of Newark AC, will be keeping up his record of taking part in every Newark Half-marathon. He will be travelling from his home in Winchester with his wife, Gill, who is also taking part.

About 25 runners will be raising money for Beaumond House Community Hospice. They have each pledged to raise at least £200.

Around 100 volunteers will be involved on the day.

There will be no parking in Sconce and Devon Park. Runners are asked to use the town-centre carparks.

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There will be rolling road closures during the half-marathon to ensure runners’ safety.
The timetable for the event is: 6am: Sconce and Devon Park set up; 8am Hawton Road closed, runners and spectators gather at Sconce and Devon Park; 9.30am all roads closed; 10am race starts; rolling opening of road sections; 1.30pm estimated final road section opened.

Roads affected are Valley Prospect, Parkway, Hawton Road from its junction with Orston Avenue, Newark; Newark Road, Hawton,  from its junction with Hawton Road to its junction with Farndon Lane; Farndon Lane, Hawton; Hawton Lane, Farndon; Fosse Road, Farndon from its junction with Hawton Lane to its junction with Fosse Road; Fosse Road, Thorpe; Fosse Road, Elston; Lodge Lane, Elston; Mill Lane, Elston; Brecks Lane, Elston, from its junction with Mill Road to its junction with Cross Lane; Cross Lane, Elston; Moor Lane, East Stoke, from its junction with Cross Lane, Elston to its junction with Main Street, Thorpe; Main Street, Thorpe, and Thorpe Lane, Farndon.