Road closures for big race

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MOTORISTS are advised that several roads in and near Clitheroe will close on Tuesday, December 27th, for the 2011 Ribble Valley 10k Road Race.

From 9-45 a.m. until noon, Edisford Road in Clitheroe will close from its junction with Lancaster Drive to the B6243 Whalley Road, Great Mitton.

The C573 Clitheroe Road will close from its junction with Edisford Road to the C574 Clitheroe Lane in Bashall Eaves and at its junctions with Bashall Lane, Twitter Lane and Birdy Brow.

The C574 Clitheroe Lane will close from Bashall Eaves to its junction with the B6243 New Lane in Great Mitton.

The roads will be closed to all traffic and there will be no signed alternative routes, although access will be available for residents subject to a short delay to ensure the safety of passing runners.

The event – organised by Blackburn Harriers and Athletic Club in conjunction with Ribble Valley Borough Council, Lancashire County Council and Lancashire Police – is expected to attract more than 1,000 participants, including some of the best long-distance runners in the UK.

Blackburn Harriers spokesman George Davies said: “Our primary concern is the safety of the runners and other road users, along with minimum disruption to the community. We have worked closely with Ribble Valley Borough Council, Lancashire County Council and Lancashire Constabulary to put the arrangements in place.

“Some of the best endurance athletes in the country are expected to take part in the race and residents are welcome to come along and watch or compete if they want to shift some Christmas lunch!”

The race starts at 10-30 a.m. at the Roefield Leisure Centre in Edisford Road, Clitheroe, and further details are available from George Davies on 01254 771556.