26 May

Bank Holiday Weekend Of Contrasts

London to Brighton Challenge

With temperatures soaring it is time to make the most of the fifth Bank Holiday this year – there won't be another one until the end of August. A cursory glance at runABC South race listings, brought to you in association with Sports Tours International, reveals more than 30 events this weekend at distances from a mile to the London 2 Brighton Challenge at 100km.

We start our weekend preview with the longest event on Saturday (27 May). Starting in Richmond and finishing at Brighton Racecourse, the London 2 Brighton Challenge has four stages between 20km-31km. Total ascent is 1,419 metres over the North and South Downs and there are shorter options of 56km, 44km or 31km for those not quite ready for the full English! Billed as UK's greatest endurance challenge and now in its sixth year, London to Brighton Challengers are set to raise nearly £1million for charity partners. 
 
At the opposite end of the endurance spectrum is the Vitality Westminster Mile on The Mall on Sunday, where wave after wave of athletes will race on the most iconic course in the world in seeded heats, finishing in front of Buckingham Palace. More than 8,500 people are entered and there is an exclusive parkrun wave and an Olympians Mile (at 13:25) with nearly 100 former Olympians and starring double gold medal 1500m winner and IAAF president Sebastian Coe.
 
On Bank Holiday Monday the action resumes on The Mall at 10:00am with the Vitality London 10,000. Defending champion Andrew Butchart returns to race past many of London's famous sights, including Admiralty Arch, Nelson's Column, St Paul's Cathedral, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament. Women's champion Lily Partridge also returns to tackle a loaded field. And with a 10am start and 10k to run, there just had to be 10 live bands to motivate the runners.
 
All the race details and results will be available at the runABC South race listings page.
 
Image courtesy London 2 Brighton Challenge