Pocklington Runners: Snake Lane Race
The last Sunday morning of the month will see the roads of Pocklington and nearby villages filled with keen runners…
Sunday 26 February sees the latest running of the ever popular Snake Lane 10 mile road race, organised by Pocklington Runners. This year over 1000 athletes will compete in the race, first held in 1992 and so the 2017 edition is the 26th running of the event. Places to run in the race are so sought after that the 1250 places to compete in this year’s event were sold out within one hour of the entries opening in October last year. The race attracts both local athletes and those from further afield with many travelling to the town from as far away as Scotland and the south east of England. Runners obviously enjoy this race, with many returning to Pocklington year after year.
“This year over 1000 athletes will compete in the race”
The race starts at 11:00 from Garths End in Pocklington, heading out of town along The Mile and then turning to Meltonby. From Meltonby the runners push on to Bishop Wilton and the halfway point. At Bishop Wilton the race turns to Bolton along the winding Bolton (Snake) Lane from which the race takes its name. At Bolton the competitors turn back to Pocklington via Yapham Mill to finish in the Market Place. The finish of the race is a fine spectacle and the atmosphere created in the Market Place at the finish is what brings many travelling athletes back to the town year after year. The lead runners will cover the 10 mile course in under 55 minutes so will be arriving back at the finish by 11:55. The visiting athletes often bring along supporters and spectators for the day, giving a boost to the town’s economy a welcome boost at a time of year with few visitors. Many local residents enjoy heading into town too, to give all the runners an extra boost as they race for the finish line.
Pocklington Runners would like to thank the residents of Pocklington for their continuing patience and support for this race which is considered a highlight in the town’s sporting calendar.
For the safety of both competitors and spectators short road closures will be in place as follows:
• Garths End and The Mile will be closed to traffic from 10:45-11:30 for the mass start of the race.
• The Market Place will be closed to traffic from 08:30-13:30 for the finish of the race.
• Diversions via Chapmangate will operate.
Pocklington Runners ask that motorists using these areas of the town on Sunday be aware of the road closures and exercise caution when passing runners on the road. Race marshals will be in place on the course to ensure everyone is kept safe.