Charlton mum's petition over Run to the Beat half-marathon

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FED-UP families are hoping a petition will stop a half-marathon blighting their lives every year.

Run to the Beat has been going for five years, with competitors making their way around a circuit from The O2, through Charlton and across the area, soundtracked by booming music.

But after last year’s event, which was criticised for poor communication about road closures, one Charlton mum-of-two says she has had enough of being "encircled" by the course and wants the Secretary of State for Transport to intervene over the route.

Annie Keys, 36, of The Heights, said: "Every year it encircles the whole of Greenwich and Charlton and blocks us off.

"It has been asked many times to look again at the route, making it a straight run or going around the park.

"But every year it’s still the same."

The former councillor lost her patience after being blocked in again last year and struggling to take her children to a birthday party in Lewisham.

Her petition complains the bus service stops, cars are blocked in and even Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich is affected by road closures.

She said: "I think we've got to the point where, after five years asking and being ignored, they haven't showed a duty of care towards the people living in this area.

"Really, what benefits does it bring to us?"

She added: "Let’s have a look at the route, the transport links and the benefits this event could have to the community."

After last year’s event, organisers IMG were criticised by Greenwich Council’s cabinet member for community safety and environment Councillor Maureen O’Mara over road closures.

She told fellow councillors: "If residents say ‘we don’t want it’ then we’ll have to talk to IMG about that."

A Run to the Beat spokesman said: “We are continually looking to develop the effectiveness of our communications with local residents and the various authorities.

"We are in the process of finalising some of the important detail and will be able to confirm this in due course."

To sign the petition, visit the website

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1:23pm Fri 15 Mar 13

PLR2207 says...

I think Annie Keys needs to get a life and stop thinking of herself.

So you are impacted for one day of the year.....big deal.

"Really, what benefits does it bring to us?" - What a rediculous question. Thousands of runners collecting money for charity and there you are just thinking of yourself and running off to the papers.

How about you get a life, stop thinking of yourself, put up with traffic problems for a day, and start thinking about all the charities this run helps and supports. Let's just hope you don't need McMillan care in the future or the support of one of the other many good causes people choose to run for.
I think Annie Keys needs to get a life and stop thinking of herself. So you are impacted for one day of the year.....big deal. "Really, what benefits does it bring to us?" - What a rediculous question. Thousands of runners collecting money for charity and there you are just thinking of yourself and running off to the papers. How about you get a life, stop thinking of yourself, put up with traffic problems for a day, and start thinking about all the charities this run helps and supports. Let's just hope you don't need McMillan care in the future or the support of one of the other many good causes people choose to run for. PLR2207
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3:58pm Fri 15 Mar 13

AnnieKeys says...

I think on reflection the commenter could be right - about me getting a life. In the last few days I have been contacted by runners and residents almost all want to see this event continue and many have pointed out benefits, like raising money for lots of great charities.

It seems to be Greenwich's Marmite issue. On reflection, I think this event is here to stay. This Monday RTTB has its launch for the 2013 run and the runners are getting excited and making plans, a Charlton Mummies Facebook group is organising a team run.

There is no doubt this event will get bigger and bigger as it becomes more popular across the region and with charities who will rely on the income it generates. So this is the time to take a look at the route, the organisation and to discuss minimising disruption. Five years on is really time to learn lessons from the very well organised events like the Marathon. Lets have a look at the route, the transport links and the benefits this event could have to the community.

I can see why organisers want to start and finish in the Dome, its a testament to those who designed and built it -that big events are attracted to it. So its up to us with the organisers to find solutions to keep Greenwich running and minimises disruption and just makes the event better for all.

So sign the petition that opposes the circle route and lets make RTTB look at a better route for the future.
I think on reflection the commenter could be right - about me getting a life. In the last few days I have been contacted by runners and residents almost all want to see this event continue and many have pointed out benefits, like raising money for lots of great charities. It seems to be Greenwich's Marmite issue. On reflection, I think this event is here to stay. This Monday RTTB has its launch for the 2013 run and the runners are getting excited and making plans, a Charlton Mummies Facebook group is organising a team run. There is no doubt this event will get bigger and bigger as it becomes more popular across the region and with charities who will rely on the income it generates. So this is the time to take a look at the route, the organisation and to discuss minimising disruption. Five years on is really time to learn lessons from the very well organised events like the Marathon. Lets have a look at the route, the transport links and the benefits this event could have to the community. I can see why organisers want to start and finish in the Dome, its a testament to those who designed and built it -that big events are attracted to it. So its up to us with the organisers to find solutions to keep Greenwich running and minimises disruption and just makes the event better for all. So sign the petition that opposes the circle route and lets make RTTB look at a better route for the future. AnnieKeys
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5:06pm Fri 15 Mar 13

CharltonMatt says...

I'm not sure anyone is asking to stop fundraising are they? Simply, it's not too much to ask for a slightly different route which means we can get in and out despite the disruption, and moreover for the organisers to keep us informed clearly of the plans. That has yet to happen in years past.

Seems to me that it is the members of the community who do have a life who are affected here. PLR2207 (if that is your real name) can lounge on his sofa all day waiting for heart disease to catch up if he likes. Lets just hope the ambulance doesn't need to get through to his house to resuscitate him while this event is on eh?
I'm not sure anyone is asking to stop fundraising are they? Simply, it's not too much to ask for a slightly different route which means we can get in and out despite the disruption, and moreover for the organisers to keep us informed clearly of the plans. That has yet to happen in years past. Seems to me that it is the members of the community who do have a life who are affected here. PLR2207 (if that is your real name) can lounge on his sofa all day waiting for heart disease to catch up if he likes. Lets just hope the ambulance doesn't need to get through to his house to resuscitate him while this event is on eh? CharltonMatt
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