Posted on: Tuesday 7 August 2018
A new, closed-road route has been announced for the Mic Morris Torfaen 10k which takes place on Sunday 16 September.
The race will begin in Blaenavon as usual but this year will divert off via Old Road/Limekiln Road and follow a closed road route to the finish line in Pontypool Park.
Roads will be closed from 8am until 11:30am but will be reopened earlier if it possible and safe to do so.
The main roads that will be closed along the race route are:
- A4043 Cwmavon Road from the junction of Prince Street and New William Street in Blaenavon to Old Road in Abersychan
- Old Road
- Limekiln Road
- Freeholdland Road
- George Street
- Mill Road
- Hospital Road
- The northern section of Osbourne Road to its junction with Riverside
- Park Road leading up to Penygarn Road
Side roads will not be formally closed but no vehicles will be allowed to access the route during the race. Access for the emergency services will be maintained at all times.
Anyone who whose travel or caring responsibilities will be affected by the closures should contact Torfaen’s sports development team on 01633 628936.
Councillor Alan Jones, executive member for business, tourism, leisure and culture, said: “The Mic Morris 10k is growing every year and people travel from across the UK to Torfaen to take part in the event, raising thousands for the Mic Morris Sporting Trust and countless other charities.
“This year we are expecting 1500 runners which is 500 more than 2017 and the safest way to continue with the race is to close the route. The closures will be in place for the shortest time possible, and we will aim to reopen the roads earlier if we can.
“We know that many residents already come out to support the runners on the day and we hope that these closures will offer a safer, more enjoyable race for both runners and spectators.”
Mic Morris was a police officer and a British international middle distance runner from Pontypool who died aged 24 during a training run in 1983. The Mic Morris Sporting Trust was set up between Gwent Police and Torfaen County Borough Council to raise money for Torfaen’s elite young sports people and this year it is supporting local athletes Leila Thomas for netball, Alex Rosser for para-swimming and cyclist Zach Bridges.
To enter the race visit www.eventbrite.com/e/mic-morris-torfaen-10k-tickets-37727915210