Clearly, one of the 11,226 finishers in the 16th Vitality British 10k in London on Sunday (10th July) was so excited about running past Big Ben he decided to take the Houses of Parliament’s iconic clock tower with him to savour the moment. Hopefully he got a good time! The race was started by London Olympian, Perri Shakes-Drayton and was won by Paul Whittaker, wearing race number one.
Perri Shakes-Drayton was joined by Deputy Lord Mayor of London, Jan Prendergast, to officially start the race on Piccadilly. The fantastic new course took runners past famous London landmarks such as St. James's Palace, Trafalgar Square, the London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Embankment, Westminster Bridge and a spectacular finish on Whitehall.
The men’s race was won by Essex 20-mile champion Paul Whittaker (Southend, 32:32) from Peter Tucker (Blackheath, 34:05) and Matt Wiersum (32:22) from the USA. Hannah Walker (Run Fast, 35:28) took the women’s race from Rachel Felton (Run Fast, 35:43) and Alison Lavender (Oswestry, 34:05).
There were 120 runners inside 40-minutes, 550 through inside 45-minutes and the last runner crossed the line in 2:15:43 in the massive field.
Speaking after the race, Perri said: “The atmosphere on the start line and out on course has been incredible today. Seeing so many people take on a race like this in my hometown makes me proud to be from London! Congratulations to everyone that took part!”
Neville Koopowitz, CEO at Vitality, added: “We were delighted to see so many runners take part in today’s Vitality British 10K London Run. It was a superb turnout and we look forward to our next event - The Vitality Oxford Half Marathon on Sunday 9 October.”
To pre-register for the 2017 race visit the Vitality British 10k website and get ready to #RUNTHECAPITAL!