Greenwich Council backed September’s planned Run to the Beat half-marathon through Greenwich, Charlton, Woolwich and Blackheath, at a licensing meeting last week, I’m told, although there’s still no official word on the council’s website.
The council claims 8,000 people were sent letters consulting them about plans to have music stages thoroughout the route of the race, which has been altered after last year’s rain and delay-hit event. Three stands in the most densely-populated areas of the route weren’t given licences, but it looks like residents of the east side of Blackheath (Vanburgh Park) are due to have an east-facing set of speakers blasting music in their direction for two hours on 27 September. The licence is only temporary, so if organisers want to have a race in 2010, they’ll have to apply again.
The Evening Standard, which last month backed Richard Branson’s call for the London Marathon to be diverted from this area because it wasn’t glamorous enough, is an “official media partner” to the event.