Festival Fun Run set to be biggest yet

The third running of the Bradley Stoke Festival Fun Run, on Sunday 8th June 2008, looks set to be the biggest yet. This year the race route has been accurately measured and has achieved the status of a certified multi-terrain 10km race with a UK Athletics permit.

The race starts close to the Leisure Centre and finishes at the Jubilee Centre, Savages Wood Road, which also acts as the Race HQ.

The race route consists of two loops, the first to the south of the town, the second to the north (on each occasion returning to the start point near the Leisure Centre), followed by a finishing stretch along the Three Brooks Nature Trail to the Jubilee Centre.

There is an entry limit of 300 runners and places are said to be going fast. Postal entries may be made using the application form on the Sole Sisters website. Entries will also be taken at the Community Fair on Saturday 7th June and at Race HQ on the day of the race, both subject to the availability of places. A £1 surcharge applies to “on the day” entries.

Karen Walsh of Sole Sisters told The Journal that there will be a total of 70 marshals along the race route, to ensure the runners a safe passage. Drinks stations will be provided where the course enters the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve below the Bradley Stoke Way bridge and on the Patchway Common side of Primrose Bridge.

The scheduled start time is 10:00 and the winner is expected to arrive at the Jubilee Centre at around 10:37 (based on last year’s race).

The Bradley Stoke Journal has produced an interactive map showing the route of the race together with recommended viewing points for spectators. The estimated time of arrival of the lead runners at each point is also shown.

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