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An exciting weekend for Alexandra Palace will mean an earlier than usual start for fun-runners this year.

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The Hornsey YMCA 10k and Children’s Fun Run has had to move the 10k start-time forward by half an hour to 9.30am on Sunday, May 20, to avoid clashing with the expected 10,000 people set to descend on Alexandra Park for the Red Bull Mountain of Dirt BMX event.

Organisers have already informed all the runners of the change, which they think will leave enough time for competitors and supporters to leave the park before the BMX competition starts getting busy when its gates open at 11.30am.

Jim Shepley, programme director at Hornsey YMCA, said: “We have organised the Fun Run for 21 years, and in all that time the 10k has travelled through Alexandra Park without a hitch, so we were obviously concerned when we first heard about the clash.

“However, we have been completely reassured by the willingness of the Red Bull team to make the day a success for both events.

“The efforts they have gone to to ensure the safety and the enjoyment of our runners has been exceptional.

“This is going to be an exciting weekend for north London.”

Alexandra Palace chief executive Duncan Wilson said he has also been working closely with the organisers of both events to make sure the local community can “thoroughly enjoy the showcase of sport events”.

He added: “Alexandra Park has a proud sporting history and in this Olympic year we are pleased to be hosting a number of events for the local community that reflect this heritage.

“This year we are especially proud to support the Fun Run, which will be part of the national Community Games programme inspired by London 2012.”

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