The City of London Mile, a new event set for June, has linked up with London Athletics to promote running in the capital and to encourage Londoners to sign up for the challenge. Taking place on Sunday 22 June, the City of London Mile starts and finishes next to St Paul's Cathedral and follows a historic route which takes in Mansion House, the Bank of England, Guildhall and St Mary le Bow Church. The route also covers part of the London Olympic Marathon course.
London Athletics run a range of projects in London boroughs to engage with people and to increase participation levels in athletics in the inner city boroughs of London whilst offering support, coaching, officials' courses, access to events and taster sessions.
The City of London Mile has been confirmed as one of London Athletics' approved events, with the one mile course not only being flat, fast and iconic but also the perfect distance for beginners as an entry level mass participation event.
England Athletics' Area Manager for London Athletics, Bob Smith, commented: "A lot of planning and hard work has gone into this event, which will be capturing the imagination of a varied range of participants from families to elite runners, youngsters, corporates and ordinary Londoners, all wanting the chance to run fast around some of the city's great sights. This is a fantastic opportunity for the sport to get people involved in athletics and we will be working with the event organisers to ensure people can make the most of it."
Peter McHugh de Clare, founder of Run-Fast said: "We are excited to be working closely with London Athletics, and we are passionate about fulfilling the Olympic legacy in the heart of the city itself by giving people of all age groups from London and beyond the opportunity to take part in this truly unique event."
With a tagline of 'How fast can you run a mile?' the City of London Mile consists of five events: the Family Mile, Youth Mile, Corporate Mile, International Mile and the City of London Mile which is open to runners of all levels and ages.
Anticipated to be one of the sporting highlights of the day, the International Women's Mile and the International Men's Mile will see international elite athletes and Olympic medallists battling it out for the prestigious winning title.
GB middle distance runner and Olympic athlete Hannah England has also pledged her support for the event, with the mile having a rich heritage in Britain through the exploits of running legends Roger Bannister, Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett and Steve Cram.
Registration is open with entry fees of £15 for adults and £10 for children and runners of the Youth Mile (up to the age of 17). A family entry for one adult and one child costs £22, and a team of four from the same company can enter the Corporate Mile for £56.
All club athletes registered with England Athletics get a £2 discount, and every finisher will receive a medal and a goody bag. Runners taking part in the City of London Mile will be starting in waves according to their predicted finish time, with the first wave scheduled for 9 am on Sunday 22 June.
The full event details and timetable can be found at www.cityoflondonmile.co.uk