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Car park entrance closed for one hour during Chichester Half Marathon in October


The south-east entrance / exit to Northgate car park off Oaklands Way in Chichester will be closed for one hour next month while the Chichester Half Marathon takes place. The half marathon will be held in the city on Sunday 14 October. The south-east entrance / exit by the side of the tennis courses will be closed to vehicles from 9-10am to make it safer for runners to cross the road into Oaklands Park. The main entrance / exit to the car park from the Northgate roundabout (where the fire station is located) will remain open during this time, allowing vehicles to enter and exit.

"We want to make sure that runners taking part in the half marathon can do so safely, which is why we've taken the decision to close one of the entrance / exit points into the Northgate car park. We have kept the closure time down to a minimum and apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time," says Cllr Eileen Lintill, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Wellbeing, and Community Services.

The Chichester Half Marathon route includes a mixture of road and cross country terrain. It will start and end at Chichester College and takes in many of the city's historic sites, including the Cathedral and the City Walls. It will then lead up to the South Downs before runners return to the city along the Centurion Way.

It has been organised by Chichester District Council in partnership with local charity Children on the Edge. The charity is dedicated to working on behalf of marginalised and vulnerable children who are often victims of war.

Entry to the half marathon is £22 for members of affiliated UK Athletics Association clubs and £25 for non-affiliated runners. The minimum age to enter is 17 years old. The closing date for entries is Friday 5 October.

If you don't feel like entering as a runner, why not opt to volunteer instead? Volunteers are needed to help with various tasks on the day.

Training tips are also available from marathon expert Graham Jessop who has helped plan the Chichester Half Marathon course. Graham has been involved in organising races throughout the country for 25 years and has been involved with the Chichester 10km race for 21 years. For his half marathon training advice see

For more information on the marathon or to enter go to, call the council on 01243 534799 or email

For more information on car parks, please contact the council's Parking Services team on 01243 534500, email or go to