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Leicester Marathon

Claire Lomas completes London Marathon Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

This year there are five different races taking place in Leicester:

  • The Marathon
  • A Half Marathon - the full route breaks off after 6 miles
  • A 5k Fun Run - from Abbey Park to Victoria Park
  • A Relay - teams of four will each run around 3.25 miles of the full marathon route
  • The Ted Toft Mile for Young People
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The races all start in the city's Victoria Park, except for the Fun Run which begins in Abbey Park.

The marathon, half marathon and relay all begin at 9.15 and the Ted Toft mile at 9.30. The first half marathon runner is expected to finish at 10.15, and the first full marathon finisher at 11.45.

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The full marathon route can be viewed here. There are no major climbs, only gradual inclines, but the last mile is uphill, the first mile is downhill.

There will be some road closures during the races, details are on the marathon website. Parking will be available around the park and university, although organisers advise people to arrive early, between 7:30-8am.

  • Disabled parking will be available at the front of De Montfort Hall
  • Granville Road car park will be limited to pay and display.
  • There is an NCP car park on East Street, which is only a 10-15 minute walk from Victoria Park
  • For extra parking - Regent College's grounds for £5.
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Claire Lomas from Leicestershire, who was paralysed from the chest down after a horse riding accident in 2007, successfully completed this summer's London Marathon using a robotic suit. She raised funds for rehabilitation and research into spinal cord repair. She will be opening the main race.

"I'm delighted to be asked to start the race in aid of such great charities, but also glad to not be taking part in this marathon! I wish all the runners the very best of luck"

– Claire Lomas

The Leicester Marathon raises money for LOROS, the Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice. It aims to improve the quality of life of people with cancer, neurological conditions and organ failure, who can no longer receive medical treatment.