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Runners return to the streets of Road Town

The popular Blenheim Trust 5K Series kicks off this Saturday, February 21, 2015, with the City Circuit race beginning and ending on the A.O. Shirley Ground Mondo Track. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The popular Blenheim Trust 5K Series kicks off this Saturday, February 21, 2015, with the City Circuit race beginning and ending on the A.O. Shirley Ground Mondo Track.

The race will start at 7.00am prompt with registration from 6.30a.m and Runners are advised by the Organisers to arrive early to register and warm up.

There is no registration fee however runners are encouraged to join BVI Runners, a membership fee of $10 per annum ensures that you are kept in the loop and provides development funds. The BVI Runners website will be launched shortly.

The race is open to all however prior experience of running on open roads is essentially, youth should be chaperoned.

The race course

The course will be the popular CITY CIRCUIT touring Road Town as described in detail below. One water stop will be provided and water and refreshments after the race.

Blenheim Trust 5k Series

The series comprises a division for running and for power walking. If you intend to jog you must enter the running division. A person in the walking category must have one foot on the ground at all times.

There will be 5 races, any 3 races comprise a complete series. Awards will be given at the end of the series Running and Walking top 3 male and female overall and top 3 in each age group category.

Start and Finish

Start and finish on the Mondo Athletic Track, A.O. Shirley Grounds, Road Town. Please park on adjacent Festival grounds. Do NOT park at the south entrance, this is part of the race course and vehicles will be removed.

Course

The race will start at the 200m start line on the Mondo Track, A.O. Shirley Grounds, Road Town at 7.00a.m.

After the start run 230m of the track to exit at the south gate turning right onto the dual carriageway towards Bobby’s roundabout. Turn first left at Bobby’s roundabout to run between the banks, past Scotia bank, First Bank and follow the one way system to run by Banco Popular Bank. Turn right towards First Caribbean and left by Amore (formerly Columbian Emeralds) to continue along the main road towards the ferry dock.

Turn left at the hospital car park (do not cut the car park) and left again to run back along Main Street. Keep on Main Street all the way to the foot of Joes Hill, past the bandstand, do not take the first turn after Joes Hill towards the electricity station but continue to take a left turn left before the High School. A water stop will be positioned at this turn and the road will be marked with a white arrow.

Continue along this road which curves to the right and through Long Bush to join the Huntum’s Ghut road. Turn right and run back towards the Police Station. Turn left at the Police Station towards the traffic lights. Turn right at the traffic lights and re-enter the track at the south gate. Continue anti-clockwise around the track to the finish at the 100m finish line mark.

THE ROADS REMAIN OPEN TO TRAFFIC, runners may run on either side of the road at their discretion however are strongly encouraged to use pavement wherever possible. Runners should respect the Highway Code. Each runner enters the race at his own risk and should have previous experience in racing on open roads.

BLENHEIM 5K SERIES DATES

Saturday February 21 – City Circuit
Saturday March 28 - Carrot Bay
Saturday April 18 – Beef Islands Beach Bash and Ladies first
Saturday May 2 – Paraquita Beast
Saturday May 16 – National 5k Championship and finale

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