Following cancellation last year due to the Covid pandemic, the Retford half-marathon is back on Sunday 6th March 2022.
The full list of road closures has been announced ahead of Retford’s annual half-marathon next month.
The Retford half-marathon is scheduled to begin at 10:00am on Sunday, March 6, but roads in and around the town will be closed from 9:00am onwards.
Several full road closures are planned, with three expected to be closed from 9:00am until 1:30pm.
Retford half-marathon road closures
During this time, Old London Road will be closed in both directions from the A634 junction on Great North Road through to the A620, which drivers use to travel between Worksop and Retford.
Traffic will still have access from the A1 slip road, but it will be for right turns only onto Old London Road, towards HMP Ranby.
The route from Blyth to Barnby Moor Road on the A634 will also be closed from the junction of the Great North Road at Barnby Moor through to the junction of Graves Moor Lane from 9:00am until 1:30pm.
A diversion route will be available to Retford and Doncaster via Baulk Lane / Graves Moor Lane or via Blyth Road on the B6045.
Billy Button Lane in Torworth will also be closed from 9:00am until 1:30pm.
Between 9:50am and 10:am, the roundabout outside Retford Oaks Academy will be closed and traffic will be held by the use of stop and go signs.
Lime Tree Avenue, Lime Grove, Hannam’s Yard and the Cemetery access road will also be closed to all traffic 10 minutes prior to the start of the race, restricting access onto Hospital Road.
Right turns from Rectory Road and Queen Street onto Hospital Road and Babworth Road will also be prohibited at the start of the race.
Traffic from Rectory Road and Queens Street will be able to turn left towards Babworth bridge.
These restrictions will be in place until 10:10am.
The A638 Great North Road will be closed from Hallcroft Roundabout through to Billy Button Lane from 10:am until 1:30pm.
Nearby residents and businesses will have right-turn-only access onto Great North Road, in the direction of Retford, where there are breaks in ‘runner traffic’.
Left turn access for traffic heading southbound will be unaffected.
The point between Hallcroft Roundabout and Randall Way is also expected to be closed for 40 minutes, between 10:00am and 10:40am.
The runners’ course will follow the same route as the 2020 event, beginning at the Retford Oaks Academy.
Runners will then head left onto Babworth Road (A620) and head left at the Hallcroft Roundabout, progressing along Great North Road (A638) beyond Barnby Moor towards Torworth, before turning left onto Billy Button Lane towards the A634.
At the junction of the A634, runners will turn right heading towards Blyth for approximately one mile before looping back down the A634 to Barnby Moor.
Runners will turn right at the junction of Great North Road, and then right again onto Old London Road.
At the top of Old London Road, runners will then turn left back onto Babworth Road heading towards Retford.
The route will finish back at Retford Oaks Academy.
Diversion routes will be clearly sign-posted in an effort to minimise disruptions, the organisers say.
The road closures on Babworth Road and Hospital Road are expected to have a ‘particular impact’ on residents and businesses situated there, as well as on Queen Street, Rectory Road, Lime Grove, Lime Tree Avenue and other connecting roads.
Great North Road and connecting roads are also expected to be affected by the closures.
They have asked people expecting to travel on March 6 to plan their journeys ‘accordingly’.
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