Greenwich Run to the Beat half-marathon changes course

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A GREENWICH half-marathon which has been criticised for causing disruption will return with a new route this year, organisers say.

Following discussions with councillors, residents' groups and Transport for London, Run to the Beat is relocating to Greenwich Park this time around.

And the race will be moved back to September 8 this year - a big change from the 2012 event which took place on October 28.

A spokeswoman for IMG, which runs the race, said: "The newly revised route, which runs anti-clockwise, like the London Marathon, starting and finishing at Greenwich Park, will enable organisers to open 70 per cent of the roads earlier than in previous years.

"The route will now by-pass the town of Woolwich, effectively eliminating five road closures. That distance will be made up within Greenwich Park itself, offering spectators in the park the opportunity to see more of the race."

Organisers say that information on road closures will be made available to businesses and residents in good time this year - something which the event has been criticised over  in the past.

Just this month, Charlton mum Annie Keys organised a petition to get the route changed.

The spokeswoman said: "Through on-going liaison with TfL and London buses, work continues to minimize the impact on those requiring public transport.

"IMG will also use an experienced marshalling and steward company, who also manage the London Marathon, to supervise the route.

"Consultation with residents will continue for the duration of the build up to the event and post event."

It is expected that 19,000 people will take part in the race this year, and entries are open from March 22 at runtothebeat.co.uk

The 2012 event raised more than £1.5m for a host of charities.

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