Yes – it’s back! Sunday 10th March 2019 will see the wonderful spectacle of the Vitality Big Half Marathon take place! And guess what? Yep, there will be road closures in place.
Trouble is we don’t know which roads will be closed, let alone when. And we don’t know the route.
Update 16:51 12 October 2018
By some strange coincidence within an hour or so of publishing this story with the @BigHalfOfficial hashtag LW got an email from the organisers! Odd, innit? Here it is:
Good Afternoon Mark,
Thank you for your email.
The route still needs to be signed off by local authorities therefore, we are not in a position to be able to send this to you at this stage. However, we will have the provisional route on Tuesday night for residents to see.
We look forward to seeing you next week.
There will be a consultation this year with London Marathon Events and Tower Hamlets Council at the Ensign Youth Club, Wellclose Square (off The Highway) London E1 8HY between 18:30 and 20:30 on Tuesday 16th October.
In your dreams
Maybe the precise road closures will be revealed then? But… hang on! This is a consultation innit? So obviously the race organisers would never dream of just telling us what roads are going to be closed before they listened to us.
Ignored as usual
Leaflets have been delivered about the consultation to, well, who knows? LW stumbled across one during the week and emailed the event organisers at email@example.com to find out about the route and road closures but we have yet to receive an answer.
Lessons will not be learnt
Remember last year’s shambles of an event featuring last minute trashing of Wapping High Street? Speed bumps ripped up and cobbled road surfaces hacked to bits?
We seem to recall the event organisers telling us after that fiasco that ‘lessons would be learned’ and that there would be a meeting between the organisers and local residents afterwards.
Did we miss something? Or did that never happen?
The Vitality Big Half Marathon event info page only has this about road closures:
Community access information
Additional access information for local residents and businesses affected by the road closures will be available to view ahead of Race Day.
Which is not helpful at all. Road closures will be announced in January 2019 apparently.
So please pop along to the ‘consultation’ on Tuesday, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7902 0200, ask some questions then tell the rest of us. Our feedback will be valued apparently.
Which is nice.
No doubt our ward councillors are already on the case with this issue. Aren’t they?