After a disappointing marathon debut last month at London, Mo Farah has confirmed he will return to action in the city at the Bupa London 10,000 on 25 May. The Olympic gold medallist, the official starter for the Westminster Mile the day before, is aiming for a sixth consecutive title at the 10K event.
Farah, currently on holiday in Hawaii, finished in 8th place (2:08:21) at London Marathon, almost four minutes slower than winner Wilson Kipsang. His performance generated criticism about the transition to long-distance road running, with many claiming his strongest area is over 5,000 and 10,000m.
The London event will represent an opportunity for Farah to regroup after the marathon, yet, with Chris Thompson (who clocked a 2:11:19 at the VLM and boasts a 27:23 over 10,000), his victory isn’t necessarily a foregone conclusion.
With 30 races over the iconic distance on Saturday 24 May, the Bupa Westminster Mile will see entries from 5,500 runners. The programme includes one-mile races for children, families and adults, and features the British Athletics One-Mile Road Championships for age groups, seniors and wheelchair athletes. The runners will start on The Mall and finish in front of Buckingham Palace.
The event comes just two weeks after the 60th anniversary of Roger Bannister’s first event sub-four-minute mile at Oxford’s Iffley Road track. Bannister himself is patron of the London event, and winner of the senior men’s race will be awarded the newly-commissioned Sir Roger Bannister trophy. The senior women will compete for the Diane Leather trophy, named after the first woman to run a sub-five-minute mile, also 60 years ago.