Music will accompany London half-marathon

Leukaemia Research has been chosen as the charity partner of what is claimed to be London's first half-marathon. The 10,000 runners expected to take part in the Run to the Beat event will be able to raise money for Leukaemia Research or their own chosen charities.

Stomp: will accompanmy runners
Stomp: will accompanmy runners

The race, which will take place on Sunday 5 October in Greenwich, will include live music acts from around London because research suggests that music can improve runners’ performances.

Performance group Stomp – which combines percussion, movement and comedy – is among the groups supporting the event.

The event’s organiser, IMG Mass Participation Sports, has teamed up with Brunel University School of Sport and Education – which has carried out research into the relationship between music and sporting performance – to stage the event.

Cathy Gilman, chief executive of Leukaemia Research, said: “This half marathon with a musical twist will help us raise much-needed money to beat blood cancers.”

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