Runners braced for chilly Liversedge Half Marathon

A FIELD of more than 550 athletes from all corners of Britain, plus an army of officials and marshalls, will be keeping an eye on the weather as they count down to Sunday's Liversedge Half Marathon.

Thursday, 11th February 2010, 2:27 pm

It will start (noon) and finish at Roberttown Common and the forecast for the 15th running of the race, organised by Roberttown Road Runners, is very cold with the possibility of snow. In the event of adverse weather conditions contact Michael on 01924 400 125 (evenings) or 07929 278241 on the day.

Athletes are asked to arrive in plenty of time to find parking and pick up race numbers at the race headquarters in Roberttown Community Centre.

The route starts on Roberttown Common and heads towards Hightown via Headlands Road, taking in Hare Park Lane, before turning right on to the end of Windybank. Turning left to go down to Bailiff Bridge then on to Jay House Lane and through the Thornhills area and a loop of Clifton before the long climb up to Scholes. The route is then back along Windybank Lane before a right turn to take the runners past Hartshead Church and the Grey Ox along to Haighs Farm Shop and a sharp left back to the Common to finish.

Last year's men's winner was David Allinson, who finished in 77 minutes 57 seconds. The women's winner was former Great Britain Olympic marathon runner Tracey Morris. All spectators are welcome and proceeds from the race are put into community projects in Roberttown.