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Run to the beat urges champ

PUBLISHED: 14:17 18 February 2009 | UPDATED: 16:08 25 August 2010

AN OLYMPIC sprinter said people should get off the sofa and take part in a motivating music-based marathon.

AN OLYMPIC sprinter said people should get off the sofa and take part in a 'motivating' music-based marathon.

Commonwealth Games medallist Christian Malcolm said Greenwich half-marathon Run to the Beat (Rttb), should end excuses for not exercising, last Thursday.

The race attracted 7,358 runners last October, offering strategically-placed music along the course to suit runners' psychological needs as they progress.

The 200 metre sprinter said: "There are a lot of people out there who say they want to get fit but can't get motivated. I say get out there and try Run to the Beat; it's something different.

"The music will take your mind off the pain if you're worrying about being unfit."

The 13.1 mile run will start at the O2 Arena, taking runners into Woolwich, Charlton and Greenwich before heading back to the start along Trafalgar Road, East Greenwich.

Entrants to this September's RttB can vote for pop, rock, dance or urban music to be played around the course when they apply.

Mr Malcolm, who is training for the Berlin World Championships this August, said his favourite music for running is Old School Hip-Hop and R&B. Last October, Run to the Beat entrants said the jog was marred by a lack of music around the route.

More than a third of the course's 16 strategically-placed stages were out of action due to Bromley resident Peter Dawson, 26, of Susan Wood, Bromley, told the Times: "I saw about four bands and three or four DJs - but when I say DJs I just mean a bloke playing a CD.

"It wasn't overly impressive."

A Run to the Beat spokesman said: "Obviously this year the same mistakes won't be repeated. The stages will be more robust and we expect a great event."

The half-marathon is expected to take place on September 27.

Entry costs £33. To apply for a place, visit www.runtothebeat.co.uk.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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