European marathon record holder Sir Mo Farah and former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang are set to clash as 17,000 runners take to the streets of London in an exciting Vitality Big Half on Sunday morning (10 March).
Sir Mo Farah (61:40) won London's inaugural community half marathon last year from 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon winner Daniel Wanjiru (61:43). Wanjiru returns to challenge Farah, who set his European marathon record (2:05:11) in Chicago last year, but it is the addition of Wilson Kipsang, whose marathon world record (2:03:23) was set in Berlin in 2013, that could change the race dynamic if the Kenyans start working together.
The women's race will feature defending champion Charlotte Purdue, fresh from a half marathon PB (69:46) in Marugame, Japan last month. With British championship titles at stake there will be a strong domestic field, including Purdue's Aldershot team mate Steph Twell, who has just won the Scottish Cross Country championships.
Paralympic hero David Weir is the star name in the elite wheelchair races.
While the Vitality Big Half could see 14,000 competitors taking part a further 3,000 runners are expected to line up for the Vitality Little Half – a 2.4-mile run which finishes at Cutty Sark – and the Vitality Big Mile, a free to enter family-friendly run around Greenwich Park.
Free live music, fun and culture are laid on at The Vitality Big Festival in a celebration of the rich and wonderful diversity of the capital city. More than 4,000 community runners from the four London boroughs the route visits: Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich, were able to enter for £10 to ensure the event truly reflects the neighbourhoods it passes through and to encourage people from all backgrounds to take up running.
Results and race report will be posted on runABC South next week.