With two months to go, I’m hearing people have been getting leaflets giving advance notice of September’s Run To The Beat half-marathon. Nothing’s been received at 853 Towers, so I imagine delivery’s been sporadic, even in the area that’ll be locked in on Sunday 8 September.
But this means the route has emerged, and it’s different from the one which leaked out earlier this year. Notably, a dim idea to cut off the Sunday footballers at Charlton Park and Meridian Sports Club has been axed in favour of a route through Charlton Village. To make up the gap, the route’s going to run via the Charlton riverside at the Anchor & Hope pub – although I wonder whether anyone’s really thought through the turn off the river at Greenwich Yacht Club, through what’s effectively now a building site.
It’s a slight improvement for residents, probably isn’t much good for runners crammed in along the Thames path’s grimiest section (being showered with sand from the aggregates yard if they’re really lucky), and while there’s more room for cars to get around, it’s still not looking good for anyone who’ll need to take a bus that Sunday morning.
“We have to be absolutely clear about why Run To The Beat is here in the first place,” Greenwich Council cabinet member Maureen O’Mara declared last year – yet there’s still been no meaningful discussion with residents about the race, although in the wacky world of the current regime, a Labour council persisting with allowing a race in the teeth of behind-closed-doors opposition from its own Labour councillors will no doubt be portrayed as a triumph.
(Or you could always start a discussion with Ms O’Mara herself, by submitting a question to the next council meeting – the deadline’s in a fortnight – or by contacting your own councillor.)
So, what do you reckon? Have you had any meaningful discussions with organisers or the council? What will you be doing on 8 September? Will you be out watching the race, having an extra long lie-in or fleeing for the day?