Thousands of runners will be running the TTP Cambridge Half Marathon on Sunday (March 5).
The course will take runners back to a number of historic landmarks, to beautiful countryside and to the grounds of two colleges at the University of Cambridge.
There are a number of charitable partners for the event – including main charitable partner Alzheimer’s Research UK and national charitable partners Cancer Research UK. Last year participants raised over £500,000 for various good causes.
Adam Moffat, Events Director, TTP Cambridge Half Marathon, said: “The 2023 TTP Cambridge Half Marathon is going to be another great day for the city.
“We are thrilled to have another sell-out event, and we can’t wait to see everyone at the start line on Sunday. A lot of work has gone into making this event happen and we would like to thank all of our partners, volunteers and runners for their outstanding support.”
What time does it start and when are the shows?
Runners are organized into waves based on their estimated finishing times.
The first wave will leave at 9:30 am and the last wave is expected to leave approximately half an hour later. The timing chips in the race number will capture the individual running times.
After the race, there will be a presentation from 12-12:15pm, with prizes given to the top three male and female competitors.
Getting to the event – parking, cycling and bus services
Roads will be closed on the day (see below), although access for pedestrians and cyclists will be preserved.
Runners and spectators are encouraged to use the Park & Ride sites – which are open from 7am. Runners must not delay as the race cannot be delayed.
There will be free secure storage for 1,000 bikes in the event village, closing at 3pm.
All bus services will continue to operate. However, stations at Trumpington Street and Downing Street will be suspended, with an alternate stop at Emanuel Street. All sidewalks will remain open, except for small sections on Victoria Street and Jesus Lane.
All car parks will remain open, with the exception of Grafton West, which is designated as an event-only car park, with pre-purchased tickets.
What is in Hadath Village?
Midsummer Common will feature:
- Inquiries area
- Charity show and sponsor
- Luggage storage area
- Bicycle storage area
- medical assistance
- coffee sellers
- Water tanks for bottle refilling
There will be no food vendors on site this year, but a great selection of coffee and cake is promised.
Interactive road map
As in previous years, the event begins and ends on Victoria Street, with Midsummer Common serving as the event village. The route takes in many of Cambridge’s most famous sites, including King’s College, Queens’ College, Corpus Christi College, Fitzwilliam Museum, Jesus College and Cambridge University Botanic Garden, as well as passing through Grantchester.
Runners will also get a chance to go to the Kings and Jesus College grounds as part of the route.
The full list of road closures for the day is as follows:
- Barton Road – West (6 am – 1 pm)
- Bennett Street – Both Ways (4am-5pm)
- Bridge Street – Both Ways (4am – 5pm)
- Chesterton Road (between Mitcham Corner and Elizabeth Road) – both ways (8am – 11:30am)
- Chesterton Road (between Mitcham Corner and Northampton Street) – West (8am – 11:30am)
- Church Lane (Trumpington) – both ways (8am-1pm)
- Cotton Rd – Both Ways (8 AM – 1 PM)
- Elizabeth Way (Bridge) – North (8 AM – 11:30 AM)
- Elizabeth Road (section from Chesterton Road – Melton Road roundabout) – North (8am – 11:30am)
- Elizabeth Way Lane Buses – North (4am – 1pm)
- Garret Hostel Lane (Bridge) – Both Ways (4 AM – 11:30 AM)
- Grantchester Road, High Street and Mill (Grantchester) – both ways (8am-1pm)
- Guildhall Street – Both Ways (4am – 5pm)
- Jesus Lane (Manor Street – Four Lights Roundabout) – Both directions (8am – 2pm)
- King’s Parade – Both Ways (4am – 5pm)
- Lower Park Street (short section next to Jesus Green/College Entrance) – Both directions (6am-2pm)
- Maids Causeway / Newmarket Road (to the E Way Roundabout) – Both Ways (8am – 11:30am)
- Milton Road/A1134 Roundabout – Mitcham Corner – West (8am – 11:30am)
- Newnham Road – South (6 am – 1 pm)
- Northampton Street – West (8am – 11:30pm)
- Park Parade – Both Ways (6 AM – 2 PM)
- Betty Curie – Both Ways (4 AM – 5 PM)
- Queens Road South (6 AM – 12:30 PM)
- Richmond Terrace – Both Ways (6 a.m. 2 p.m.)
- Senate Hill – both ways (4am-5pm); Sydney Street – Both Ways (4am – 5pm)
- Silver Street – Both Ways (6am – 2pm)
- Finn Bridge – Both Ways (6am – 2pm)
- Thompsons Lane – both ways (8am-2pm)
- Trinity Lane – Both Ways (4 AM – 11:30 AM)
Video guide for runners
The organizers have prepared this video guide for runners.
What to remember
The organizers remind participants to bring:
- Race number with timing chip attached
- 4 safety pins or number tape to ensure your race number is visible at all times
- Park & Ride icon – if this service is used
- Bag Card – if using this service
- Appropriate clothing to stay warm/dry before and after the race
Remember, wearing headphones isn’t allowed — so leave your iPod at home. The only exception to this is bone conducting headphones that don’t go in or cover the ears, which is permissible.
When is the right time to win?
If you fancy your chances as one of the winners, good luck to you. Last year, there was only 30 seconds left between the top three runners, who were:
- Nick Bester, from the best athletics (30-34 years), with a time of 1:06:19, at a speed of 3:08 minutes / km.
- Christopher Thomas, Thames Valley Harriers (25-29 years old), at 1:06:30, at 3:09min/km
- Alex Milne, from Hercules Club, Wimbledon (30-34 years old), timed 1:06:39, running 3:09min/km
The first three female runners to appear are:
- Lucy Reid, from Tonbridge AC (25-29 years old) in 1:11:15, 3:22min/km
- Georgina Schoening, Cambridge Runners (25-29) in 1:12:18, 3:25min/km
- Holly Archer, Cambridge and Coleridge Athletic Club (25-29 years old) in 1:13:20, at 3:28 min/km.
What if I’m slow?
The event deadline is three hours and 30 minutes from the start time, with the entire event ending at 1.45pm. There are two course cut-off times that runners must hit – the 9.5-mile point at Trumpington Road by 1pm and the 11.5-mile point at the Silver Street Junction by 1.30pm.
Runners who have not passed these points at these times will be required to enter the minibus that will take them back to the midsummer joint.
What charities will benefit?
Among the charities set to benefit from the race are Alzheimer’s Research UK, Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support, and then gold bond charities that include Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) and Magpas Air Ambulance.
[Read more: Cambridge Half Marathon 2022: Runners to raise money for Cambridge Sustainable Food’s work]
do not miss Cambridge IndependentOnline galleries and our special coverage in next week’s issue, starting March 8th.
You can view our photo galleries from previous Cambridge Half Marathons here:
visiting cambridgehalfmarathon.com For more information about the event.
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