THOUSANDS of runners are set to descend upon Portsmouth this weekend as the city hosts the Great South Run.
The 10-mile race takes place tomorrow and will dominate much of the city, with a number of road closures in effect before and after the event.
n Road closures:
Clarence Esplanade (between South Parade and Avenue de Caen), Victoria Avenue Spur and Jack Cockerill Way will be closed until 4pm tomorrow.
Clarence Esplanade (between Avenue de Caen and Clarence Pier), The Dell, Pier Road (South) and Avenue de Caen are shut from 5.30am today to 4pm Sunday.
Between 10.20am and 11am today, Long Curtain Road and the bus turning point/Clarence Esplanade will be closed, while Western Parade (between Clarence Parade and Southsea Terrace) will also be shut.
Roads that are part route of the Great South Run will be closed until runners and the sweep vehicle have passed them.
A park-and-ride service for runners will operate on Sunday every 10 minutes from 8am to 9.30am from Junction 1 of the M275. An overflow car park will be available at the Portsmouth Ferry Port, if it is needed.
The buses will run directly to Clarence Pier, close to the race’s start. Return buses will launch from 12.37pm from the pier with the last bus at 3.13pm. It costs £4 per person.
Buses leaving the park and ride site between 9.30am and 3pm will only travel as far as the city centre – not to the race’s start.
Normal park-and-ride bus services from The Hard will resume at 3pm with the last bus at 6.20pm and 6.25pm from the city centre.
n Car parking:
Available on Southsea Common on Sunday. Gates open at 7am.