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The best places along the Coventry Half Marathon route to cheer on runners; Scores of residents from across the city will be descending upon the city centre.

Byline: James Rodger

Excitement is building as spectators get ready to attendCoventry Half Marathonnext weekend.

Scores of residents from across the city will be descending upon the city centre in a bid to cheer on their loved ones and friends as they partake in the 13.1-mile run.

Runners will take a loop of the city centre on closed roads before a gradual climb out of the city towards Radford and through Allesley.

Organisers say: "There's loads of room in and around the City Centre loop, including University Square, to get a good view of the start of the race, and the finishing straight when the runners return.

"We have also highlighted other great areas to cheer on the runners on the earlier course map."

The race starts at Jordan Well, close to Coventry University Campus, before following a clockwise loop of the City Centre. The predominantly flat start provides the ideal preparation for the gradual climb away from the city centre along the Radford Road.

Just after 2 miles the course flattens as the route turns onto Engleton Road before descending down Moseley Avenue towards the Holyhead Road, a long flat section that heads towards Allesley.

Coventry Half-Marathon

The Allesley section of the course begins with a climb and a sharp right turn into Butchers Lane but it is not long before the road flattens out again as the route breaks into open countryside.

The three miles of open countryside is quite undulating but generally defined by gradual climbs and descents rather than short sharp shocks. The highest point of the course is reached just before the course turns onto the Tamworth Road and heads back to the city centre.

The last four miles of the course are mainly downhill with the occasional flat section. The descent of Barker's Butts Lane and the final descent into the city centre along the Radford Road are reasonably steep but in general the downhills are generally gentle and as the finish line approaches, offer great views of the city centre.

The route heads under the Whittle Arch (the previous finish line) and along Fairfax Street before making a final right hand turn into Priory Street and the final uphill stretch to the finish line...but it's only 80m!

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Publication:Coventry Telegraph (Coventry, England)
Date:Mar 9, 2018
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