July 31 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, May 1, 2014
More runners than ever before are taking part in this year’s annual Bespak Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR) with around 2000 runners taking part and 750 for the Mini GEAR fun run.
The event which is taking place on Sunday May 4, will see roads closed for motorists and the town lined with spectators cheering the runners on.
The race will set off from the town’s historic Tuesday Market Place at 10.30am and the course will take runners on a loop through the town centre, through The Walks and along the waterfront.
Borough Council Cabinet Member Elizabeth Nockolds, said: “It’s brilliant to see that so many people have entered this event. It has just gone from strength to strength and I am particularly pleased to see such a strong entry for the Mini GEAR.
“I hope that the weather stays fine and that residents and visitors will come out in force to cheer the runners on, as they make their way around the course.”
Sports Development Manager and Race Director, Roger Partridge, said that this year’s event promises to be exciting and said that records could be broken.
Tedele Geremew, from Elswick Harriers, of 30 minutes and 18 seconds broke the record last year.
Mr Partridge said: “Entries for the event are coming from all over the country, so GEAR is definitely building a big reputation and is now definitely a firm fixture on the athletics calendar.
“We’ve had marvellous support from the community generally, with many local companies providing items for the goody bags, and of course the event would not be possible without the help and support of all the volunteers behind the scenes and on race day itself.”
Managing Director Keyvan Djamarani from Bespak, the event sponsor said: “It’s been a pleasure to see the Mini GEAR Fun Run go from strength to strength and become a popular part of the main event.
“The whole event helps to encourage more people, especially young people, into taking up running as part of healthy lifestyle.”
London Road, King Street and Queen Street, will be closed from 9.45am until 12.30pm.
The Tuesday Market Place will be closed from 8am until 2pm.
All car parks in the town, except Tuesday Market Place and Common Staithe Quay are open and can be accessed while the roads are open.
Visitors planning to arrive after 9.45am or leave before 12.30pm should use the following car-parks: multi-storey, Albert Street, Austin Street, Austin Fields, Old Cattle Market, Blackfriars Street or Juniper.