Runners brave the rain for the Devizes Half Marathon
Devizes police inspector Matt Armstrong is inviting comments from participants, organisers and spectators of the town’s half marathon to see how it can go even better next year.
More than 600 runners set off from the Green at 10am on Sunday in the second running of the race, which attracts entries from far and wide.
This year the route was changed so that it set off along Nursteed Road and not London Road, which caused some problems with congestion last year.
Insp Armstrong said: “We have been working closely with the organisers to make the event run well and I think we achieved that. I welcome public views on how it was run which we will feed back to the organisers.”
Although no roads were closed for the half marathon, police escorted the leading runners up Monument Hill while advising slower ones to take to the pavement in the town.
Mr Armstrong said: “We were trying to limit the delay to other road users.”
Torrential rain made the start of the race difficult but it eased off later. Steve Fream of Events Logic, which organised the race, said: “For second year running we produced a fantastic atmosphere on the Green in Devizes.
“Runners came from all around the country along with local guys to run the Wadworth Devizes half marathon. Their families come along too.
“Yes, with an October date we are always likely to have indifferent weather but for runners this is not so much an issue as all the run is on Tarmac roads.
“The new course we have set ,is to allow event to grow over the coming years along with safety for the runners, Luke Shipway race director, working with local police and council, did a fantastic job.”
There was a minor glitch when Mayor Pete Smith came to start the race and his klaxon failed to function. Coun Smith was reduced to shouting “go!” to get the runners under way.
The event was raising money for local charity Bag4Sport, which helps community groups raise cash for new equipment in exchange for their old kit. Many runners were collecting sponsorship for their own pet good causes.
Anyone who would like to give their views to Inspector Armstrong can do so at Matthew.Armstrong@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk
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