Runners to tackle the A-Plan Insurance Yeovil Half Marathon this weekend

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Sunday 31st March is not just the start of British Summer time and Mothers Day, it also signals the ninth version of Yeovil Half Marathon.

With the race starting and finishing in Yeovil town centre, this is the ideal opportunity to support this local event and to ensure the offerings of the town, whilst enjoying Mothers Day. 

In its early years, starting and finishing at Huish Park, the race attracted just under 800 runners. This year the total number of entrants for the Half Marathon and the Fun Run has already exceeded 2000 runners. The race has become renowned as being really friendly and the town it is hoped will as always give a fantastic reception to runners, some who are travelling from many hundreds of miles to take part in the race for the first time.

Times to beat

The Half Marathon sees last years winner Niall Stewart #1930 of Kent AC returning to defend his title. He won the race last year in a time of 1hr12:02

The race for the ladies title is very open. Expect local runner Rachel Astington #41 to go well representing Running for Time. Rachael will be sure to be chased hard by Ruth Thom #1881 of City of Salisbury AC & RC as they renew their battle for top honours At last year’s Salisbury Half Marathon Rachel pipped Ruth by just over one second to claim second spot, so this is sure to be an exciting finish.

The race sees many runners tackling a Half Marathon for the first time. Be in no doubt, running 13.1miles is a tough challenge. All of those that line up on Sunday have sacrificed a lot of time, and put in the training miles to make it to the start. With the support of the town of Yeovil behind them, lets try to get them all to the finish.

The race organisers have two local charity partners. At least 50 runners will be representing Yeovil Hospital Charity, and School in a Bag. These charities have also provided a large percentage of the team of volunteers that make the race possible. It is hoped that a huge sum of money will be raised for these two locally based good causes.

An interesting new feature of the race for this year will see Luke Simon #1860, Founder and CEO of School in a Bag starting the race at the back of the field. Luke will be in fancy dress as a large red school bag the mission being to pass as many runners as possible before reaching the finish. If you can find it in yourself to pledge a small amount for each runner Luke passes. Details on School in a Bag facebook page.

There are three representatives from the Army Cadet force running in full kit raising money for the Army Benevolent Fund. Be sure to give them a special cheer particularly if it is a warm day!!

The race route remains unchanged from the previous three years and is on a combination of closed and open roads. If you are keen to avoid the race then full route and road closure details can be seen at the website https://yeovilhalf.com/ If you want further details regarding your proposed journey on Sunday, full contact details can be found on the website.

Road closures / disruptions

The main areas affected are as follows:

0845-0930: Town Centre route including A30 Sherborne Road from Pen Mill Hotel closed between

0905-1006: Some disruption on Lysander Road near Topps Tiles as runners cross the road

0900-1100: Bunford Lane between junction with Cartgate Road(A3088) and Bluebell Road closed to all traffic, diversion route in place.

0930-1130: New Road between Montacute and Yeovil closed to eastbound traffic from Lower Town, Montacute to the roundabout at Bluebell Road, Yeovil.  Traffic from Yeovil to Montacute will be unaffected.  

0930-1130: Lower Town in Montacute closed to traffic from Thorne Lane to Montacute  Traffic from Montacute to Thorne Lane will be unaffected. 

0930-1130: Thorne Lane/ Balls Hill from Lower Town, Montacute to the junction to Lufton College Closed in both directions. 

0945-1200: Preston Road/Larkhill Road traffic lights will be under the control of accredited personnel that will stop traffic giving runners priority to cross from Larkhill Road onto Preston Grove. Traffic will be barred from turning into Larkhill Road and Preston Grove during this time.

Spectator opportunities

Due to its compact nature the race presents some great multiple opportunities for spectators. 

0900-0915: The start line on South Street outside the Globe and Crown is always a spectacular site. As is the passage of the runners through the Borough within 1 mile of the start.

0910-0945: Yeovil Country Park. Drink Station manned by Girl Guides and Entertainment from Guitar on Wheels at Goldenstones, and the Ninesprings Café close by doing some great drinks and snacks

0910-1020: Airfield Tavern/Palmers roundabout. The section of road between Cartgate Link Road and Bluebell Road will be closed to traffic. This is another great place to watch at around the 5 mile point of the route. Drink Station manned by Boeing and entertainment from the Yeovil College cast of the stage show Rent, will be performing numbers from the show to keep runners motivated and spectators entertained. Excellent food and drink from both Palmers and Airfield Tavern.

0920-1100: Montacute House is one of the most stunning parts of the route. The Café will be open from 0900. New Road is part of the race route and will be closed from Montacute to Yeovil. Best to use Cartgate link road to access Montacute House car park and when leaving the left turn from Montacute House will be barred, so return to Yeovil please via Cartgate link road as per diversion route.

0920-1200: Finish line in Quedam Shopping Centre. This is where it all concludes. Sample the amazing finish line atmosphere with Commentary and entertainment from media partners The Breeze. Great opportunity for some retail therapy and some food and drink at Boswells Café while awaiting the arrival of friends and family.

Above: Runners taking part in the Yeovil Half Marathon come through the town centre in the final stages of the 13.1m race. Photo by CuriousbyGeorge Photography. 

Race organisers, Yeovil based Immortal Sport would like to thank all residents, businesses and motorists for their patience and co-operation ahead of race day for their patience and support this coming Sunday.

The race has many local community groups getting involved this year including, Yeovil Hospital, Yeovil College, Army Cadets, Girl Guides and St Andrews Cubs, Yeovil Baptist Church

Valuable support without which the race would not be possible from A-Plan Insurance. Yeovil Audi, LED Goldenstones and Westlands, Quedam Shopping Centre, Yarlington, The Breeze, Battens Solicitors, Mploy Staff, Symonds and Sampson, Boswells Café, National Trust, John Burton Signs, Glastonbury Spring Water, Thrifty Van Hire, Western Gazette, Boeing Defence UK, Airfield Tavern.

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