Run to the Beat

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Run to the Beat
Date October 5, 2008
Location London, United Kingdom
Event type Road
Distance Half Marathon
Established 2008
Official site Run to the Beat

Run to the Beat was the first half marathon event to be held in London.[1] It is organized by IMG.[2]

2008 Race[edit]

Organisers expected more than 12,000 runners to take part in the inaugural race in the London borough of Greenwich on October 5, 2008.[3] But bad weather on the day and tube delays saw just 7252 runners cross the startline. Of those 55% were female and 45% were male.[4]

Winner of the men's race[edit]

  • 2008 John McFarlane, 1:10:12

Winner of the women's race[edit]

  • 2008 Birhan Dagne, 1:18:22

Event information[edit]

The route started and finished at The O2. Runners then headed along the river towards the Thames Barrier, past Firepower - The Royal Artillery Museum, the Royal Artillery Barracks and Greenwich Park. A main stage was located next to the start–finish line and music was played at 16 stages along the route.

The theory behind the event comes from Dr Costas Karageorghis,[5] associate professor of sport psychology at Brunel University. His research[6] depending on a number of factors.[clarification needed]

Official Charity[edit]

Leukaemia Research is a British charitable organisation, established in 1960, dedicated to the fight against Leukaemia, Hodgkin's and other lymphomas and myeloma. More than 24,500 people in the UK are diagnosed with a blood cancer each year.[7] Anyone at any age can be diagnosed with a blood cancer, but it is the main cause of cancer death in the under 35’s.[8]


On July 16, 2008 Sony Ericsson were named as the title sponsor of the event.[9]


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