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Mo Farah among 15,000 runners to pass through Southwark in Big Half

The first Vitality Big Half will see Sir Mo Farah among 15,000 runners to pass through Southwark this weekend.

The Big Half, created by London Marathon Events Ltd in partnership with Sported, will take place for the first time at 9am this Sunday, March 4.

The 13.1-mile route will begin at Tower Bridge at 9am and finish in Greenwich, passing through the boroughs of Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Lewisham.

The Little Half – a relay event – will take place on the same day, as well as other events over different distances of The Big Half course for participants of all ages and abilities.

There will also be the Big Half Festival throughout the day in Greenwich Park.

Sir Mo is amongst the elite athletes scheduled to run.

All 5,800 general entries for UK and overseas runners were filled within hours of the event announcement on April 28, soon followed by the 1,500 discounted borough entries, reserved for residents in the four host boroughs.

A total of 7,500 places were also reserved for community groups from the four host boroughs.

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Road closures:

Road closures from 7am to 3pm on Sunday, March 4.

Tower Bridge Road and Tooley Street will close at 5am.

Jamaica Road will close at 7am in an eastbound direction only and will remain open westbound throughout the event.

Rotherhithe Tunnel will be open throughout the event and Lower Road from Hawkstone Road will open with the exception of between 12.30-1pm.

There will be four vehicle crossing points which will allow residents otherwise landlocked by the event access until the times stated.

Residents of the Shad Thames area are required to approach the junction from Jamaica Road eastbound until this crossing point closes at 9am.

Residents of the Mill Street area can use the vehicle crossing point until 9am. Access is also available via Dockhead and stewards will be present on site to assist the vehicle movement onto Jamaica Road eastbound.

Residents of the Bevington Street area are able to use the vehicle crossing point until 9.05am for access to Jamaica Road eastbound and St James’s Road southbound.

Residents of the West Lane area will be permitted access directly over the event route, and able to access Jamaica Road westbound or Southwark Park Road southbound. The usual left turn only traffic arrangement at this junction will not be in use throughout the event but stewards will assist the movement of vehicles at this junction.


Roads will close in this area from 7am and are due to reopen at 2pm.

Access to the peninsula, shopping area and public transport services are available on the event day.

Access to the peninsula is available via Surrey Quays Road and Needleman Street for those residents to the north, and via Lower Road and Neptune Street for residents to the south west of the peninsula. To assist landlocked residents, there are three vehicle crossing points available which will operate during specific times of the day.

Lower Road:

To the north of Hawkstone Road, Lower Road will be open for the majority of the day, providing access to Surrey Quays, Rotherhithe Tunnel and Jamaica Road (westbound only).

Access is also available on Lower Road (southbound) until the junction of Hawkstone Road where traffic will be directed into Hawkstone Road (southbound).

At 12.30pm, Lower Road will be closed for 30 minutes to facilitate The Little Half.

Plough Way:

Access to Plough Way while the vehicle crossing point is in operation is available from Bush Road. Stewards will facilitate traffic movement against the usual one-way traffic system to enable access to and from Plough Way.

Free secure parking:

To assist residents of Rotherhithe and Gomm Road, free secure parking is available from 4pm on March 3 until 4pm on March 4 at Surrey Quays car park brown zone on Surrey Quays Road and Deal Porters Way.

A limited number of spaces are also available on a first come, first served basis during the same times for Gomm Road residents only at St Joseph’s Primary School.

Please provide proof of address to use these car parks.

Parking Restrictions:

If you have a vehicle, please move it off the event route on Saturday, March 3. All parking bays on the route will be suspended and vehicle removal will 1am March 4. or contact the helpdesk on or 0345 894 9773.


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