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Cambridge Half new route

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Oct 2019
4:19pm, 24 Oct 2019
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So, we have a new route for 2020. What do people think?
My first thought is that the paths through King's are narrow and twisty and I'm sure the college will have voted off their precious grass, so that section, coming early in the race, is going to be very congested, even if they stagger the start pens more.
The route through Jesus looks much less of an issue and is much later on.
I'm not sure about running the Trumpington Rd, Grantchester, Barton Rd loop in the opposite direction - it just doesn't feel right, and means the Barton Rd water station will be at just 7 miles rather than 8.25.
The good thing is that Garrett Hostel Bridge is now at 3 miles rather than 10+, which always felt particularly mean before.
I'm assuming the changes are partly to get Elizabeth Way and Chesterton Rd open more quickly as there were a lot of complaints about the traffic chaos last year.
Oct 2019
4:20pm, 24 Oct 2019
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*coned off*, not voted off.
Oh for an edit post function!
Oct 2019
9:55pm, 24 Oct 2019
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Haven't thought about it too hard, but I suppose this course lets them have a lot more starting waves and stagger the start times much more.

Also means the run takes in more of the photograph-worthy bits like Kings and Jesus and removes the less pleasant (and not traffic-free) finish back over Elizabeth Way bridge and Newmarket Road.

Compared with Oxford Half, which barely goes into any parts of the city that a tourist might visit, this route seems to tick quite a lot of boxes.

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