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Some roads in Cambridge will be closed for this weekend's Town and Gown 10k

By Ben Comber

2016 Cambridge Town&Gown 10k, in aid of Muscular Dystrophy
2016 Cambridge Town&Gown 10k, in aid of Muscular Dystrophy

The race will aim to raise £70,000 for Muscular Dystrophy UK

The 6th Cambridge Town and Gown 10k, organised by Muscular Dystrophy UK and supported by the Cambridge Independent, takes place on Sunday.

Hundreds of runners are expected to help raise a target of £70,000 to help those affected by the disease.

Jo Moir, lead cardiac nurse practitioner at Addenbrooke's, will be taking part on the day. She ran the London Marathon this year and will be running with the Histon and Impington Running Group.

She said:"This is a beautiful run around Cambridge, and it's been on my to-do list for a couple of years.

"I see patients in my working life who come through with muscular dystrophy.

"It's definitely a charity that needs a big push in the public eye, especially because it's such a debilitating disease that affects thousands."

She said she's hoping to finish the run in under 60 minutes.

"I'm running with my club, so there's always an element of competition,she said.

The race is a closed road event, starting at Victoria Avenue, looping around the city centre through Jesus Green, then following the River Cam back to Victoria Avenue and the finish line on Midsummer Common.

Road closures will start to come into force from 8am and remain in operation until 12pm, however there will be infrastructure going in from as early as 6am.

Organisers of the event said they aim to keep affected roads open for as long as possible prior to the race starting and will strive to open them as quickly as possible, once it is safe to do so.

Closed roads will be: Victoria Avenue, Newmarket Rd, Riverside, Walnut Tree Avenue, Maids Causeway, Jesus Lane, Park Parade, Bridge Street, Trinity Street, Kings Parade, Silver Street, Queens Road, Northampton Street, Chesterton Road, Magdalene Street, Footpath 11 (to Stourbridge Common).

There will also be flyers put on cars that usually park on Riverside, Northampton Street, King's Parade, Jesus Lane, Maids Causeway and Newmarket Road asking that drivers either move their cars before 10am on the day or expect delays during the race.


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