A massive congratulations to everyone who took part in this year’s Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon. It was one of our biggest events to date, with more than 4,000 runners signed up and thousands of spectators turning out to cheer them on.
It was also fantastic to see over 3,000 children complete their own half marathon as part of the Primary School Challenge.
Plymouth has staged a half marathon since the early 1990s and it is hugely popular, not only giving runners of all abilities an opportunity to set themselves a personal challenge but also helping to inspire healthy, active lifestyles. It also raises thousands of pounds for charity.
Like all major events it takes months of planning, involving various teams and partners and we are very grateful for their support. We are also indebted to the 200 volunteers who give up their time free of charge to help staff the event and make it such a success.
It goes without saying that we can’t stage a road running event without closing some roads but we do everything we can to minimise disruption and lift restrictions as soon as routes are clear of runners and infrastructure. While the temporary traffic order might be in place for 10 hours, only a small number of roads are closed for the full duration.
We put signs out along the route two weeks in advance, giving warning of the event, times and a contact number should anyone have any concerns or queries. We also send leaflets to over 100 businesses and more than 2,000 homes, with information about the event and estimated times for roads to close and re-open.
As with any event, safety is our number one priority and operational plans are regularly reviewed with our partners to ensure they reflect the latest guidance. We work closely with Devon and Cornwall Police (including its Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit where appropriate) to ensure security measures and staffing levels are proportionate.
We always welcome feedback from the public and regularly adjust our plans in response to comments and suggestions we receive. If anyone feels arrangements for the Half Marathon could be improved we would ask them to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Councillor Pete Smith, Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council
Nigel Rowe, Race Director, Event West