The Big Half Marathon has been run and some semblance of normality is returning to the streets of Wapping.
LW and friends were out and about during the race talking to locals and taking some photos which you can see below.
Runners on pavements
New issues we noticed during the race were that at some points the runners were taking over the pavements as well as the road
The six mile race markers completely blocked the pavements outside the MPS Marine Police Unit HQ
All our lovely parks were locked! We think this is because the person who drives round the borough and unlocks all the parks could not get access to Wapping.
We have also heard numerous reports of local businesses being hit by the closure of Wapping today, especially the amazingly good Smith’s Restaurant at 22 Wapping High Street.
Seems the owner of Smith’s was fuming because of the impact on his business and the lack of notification. (Note: If Smith’s could get in touch and tell us what happened we would be grateful: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Here are some comments on Twitter about the Big Half Marathon.
TBH, @OfficialBigHalf’s actions last week leading up to today have been unacceptable. They seem to have been given powers by @TowerHamletsNow and others to ride roughshod over residents and communities here.
— Mani Pillai (@ManiPillai1886) March 4, 2018
I agree, it's like living in a Communist State, I wish LBTH would react to resident requests for pothole repairs, traffic management etc with the same alacrity they accommodated the whims of Vitality and the Big Half. CEO of LBTH Will Tuckley is a director of the organisers.
— the_real_Leslie_Brook (@wapping_residen) March 4, 2018
Apparently some in authority think that the problems caused to Wapping residents have been exaggerated. This is not out belief.
On the race route this morning LW personally told Mayor John Biggs that of all the issues we have ever covered the Big Race Marathon has been the subject of the most adverse comments and vocal opposition.
20:1 against Big Half Marathon?
Based on talking to residents and businesses and site activity on LW we have found that for every person in Wapping in favour of the event there are 20 or more against it.
Obviously this is by no means a statistically rigorous poll but we do think it is a reasonable reflection of general opinion.
What is your view?
Anyone else been adversely effected by the Big Half Marathon Wapping Lock In? If so please tell us about your experience in the comments section below, via Twitter @LoveWapping or email email@example.com
Big Half Marathon 2019?
Yep, the event organisers want to do the same thing in Wapping next year. Whaddayathinkaboutthatthen?