Road closures for The Big Half marathon: Transportation options in London on race day

Road closures for The Big Half marathon: Transportation options in London on race day

The capital’s roadways will be closed off for a community run next weekend in honor of the London Marathon.

The same company that organizes the London Marathon will be in charge of the Sunday, September 3, Big Half, which will include 15,000 participants pounding the pavement.

Since the Big Half will serve as the UK qualifying event for the 2023 World Athletics Road Running Championships Half Marathon in Latvia later this October, an elite field will also be present this year.
The Big Half seeks to “celebrate the diversity of the boroughs which the race passes through — Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Lewisham, and Greenwich”.

The Big Mile, geared for families, is a free mile-long race through Greenwich. The Big Relay, in which teams of four finish a 5k of the course apiece, and the Big Relay are other events at the festival.

What route is the Big Half?

The Big Half is just half as far as the London Marathon, but it nevertheless takes in many of the same breathtaking views of the city.

At 2.30 p.m., runners will set off from Wapping and travel via Canary Wharf, Tower Bridge, Rotherhithe, and Deptford before arriving at the Cutty Sark, where they will cross the finish line.

How will I get about if certain routes are closed for the Big Half Marathon?

Road closures are inevitable for such a large event, according to the organizers, who say they are aware of the situation.

The 2023 road closure information booklet, according to the website, is now accessible for download. Royal Mail has also sent out pamphlets to more than 190,000 locations along the route.
In the weeks leading up to the event, warning signs will be placed on the troubled roads, and stewards and police officers will be on hand to assist.

On Sunday, September 3, parking spaces along the route will be suspended, and locals are encouraged to move their cars off the way before 4am. Any vehicles still present will be relocated.
Among the roads that will be closed for the majority of the day are Jamaica Road, Tower Bridge, Wapping High Street, and half of Tooley Street. You can access the entire map here.


On Sunday, September 3, road restrictions are anticipated to extend from 6 am to 2 pm.
The longest period of time that Greenwich town center will be off-limits to cars is from 6 am to 4 pm, but local bus service will still be available on Romney Road, Nelson Road, and Greenwich High Road all day long.
While local bus services will still be available, no other vehicles will be allowed to enter Romney Road or Nelson Road other than for households and businesses not directly on the event path. Throughout the event, the A2 and A102 will be open as usual.

The official information brochure can be downloaded for complete details on all available transportation options and road closures.

Could I join The Big Half?

Entry is still available for The Big Half, which is free to run. The webpage for the event offers free registration.
On Thursday, August 24, entries for general runners in the larger race and charity spaces ended.

It will be Sir Mo Farah’s final competition in London before his retirement.

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