Today's Salisbury 10Mile running race is 'biggest ever'

Today's Salisbury 10Mile running race is 'biggest ever'

Published by Mike Draper at 5:00am 14th April 2019.

The policeman poisoned during last year's spy incident is taking part in the 'record breaking' Salisbury 10mile road race today (Sun 14th April).

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey is one of the record 950 runners taking part in the region's huge flagship event.

The Salisbury 'Rod Smith 10mile' race is joining forces with Alzheimer's Support to raise funds for the charity and mark the contribution to the event's previous years of success achieved by its former race director and his team.

PC Nick Bailey is one of the record 950 runners taking part in the Salisbury 10 Mile race today (Sun 14th April)
DS Nick Bailey is one of the record 950 runners taking part in the Salisbury 10 Mile race today (Sun 14th April)

THE SALISBURY 'Rod Smith 10mile' RACE:

Rod Smith will be spectating at the event today, having been diagnosed with the disease around two years ago. Although he no longer runs, Rod remains a keen follower of the club and its role in the wider Salisbury community.

  • The race will start from the running track at Five Rivers leisure centre at 10am
  • It'll wind its way up one side of the Woodford Valley and back down the other
  • It will finish back on the track
  • A record entry of 950 athletes are taking on the challenge, including more than 100 - also a record - from the organisers, the City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club

The club plans to collect donations from competitors arriving at nearby car parks, plus baking hundreds of cakes for post-race refreshments and sharing proceeds from the race with the charity.

Commenting on the partnership between Alzheimer's Support and Salisbury's running club, Laura Crouch from the charity said:

"As all too many of us know, this disease can hugely affect people's lives. At the charity we want to raise our profile so that our services become better known and can benefit more of those who are affected directly by it, and their carers. We're delighted to be working with the club in this way."

ROAD CLOSURES TODAY FOR THE SALISBURY 10 MILE RACE:

  • The A345 Castle Road in Salisbury will be closed at 10am on Sunday morning for a few minutes while nearly a thousand runners pass along Ashley Road near Five Rivers leisure centre
  • The runners head along Butts Road to join a short stretch of Castle Road, before taking the left fork into Stratford Road and out towards the Woodford Valley
  • In the Valley, Phillips Lane will be closed in both directions up to its junction with the A345 at the Beehive roundabout
  • The Camp Hill Road, also known as Snakey Hill, will be closed from where it leaves the junction with the A360
  • On the other side of the Woodford Valley, Beech Walk will be closed northbound
  • Warning signs are on the roadside, and diversions are in place
  • The race organisers will have plenty of marshals around the course to assist traffic flow, and the club says any traffic delays will be kept as short as possible

RACE FACTS AND FIGURES:

  • The furthest travelled competitor is from Atlanta, USA
  • The proportion of female runners is largest ever at 49%
  • The number of City of Salisbury runners is highest ever at 105
  • The number of volunteer helpers is biggest ever at 120
  • The oldest runners (male and female) are both 76
  • The youngest runners (male and female) are both 17

THE CHARITY:

Alzheimer's Support is a Wiltshire charity that has been supporting people living with all types of dementia since 1990 and brought its award-winning services to the Salisbury area for the first time in 2017. For more information see www.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk

Get more info on City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club here: www.salisbury-arc.org

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