Did the sight of thousands of runners pounding the streets of London on Sunday stir something inside you? Would you like to emulate those marathoners but over the more accessible distance of 10k? If so, the Vitality London 10,000 is for you and there are still places available for the race on Spring Bank Holiday Monday, 30 May.
The race is organised by the team behind London Marathon. Founded in 2008, the London 10,000 has grown annually from 6,000 finishers in 2008 to almost 12,000 last year.
Lasse Viren, the double Olympic champion at 5000m and 10000m in 1972 and 1976, set the runners on their way in the first race, which took place on a course designed with the 2012 Olympic marathon in mind. Micah Kogo defeated a field that included Mo Farah, while Irina Mikitenko won the first women’s race.
Farah has since dominated the event, winning five times in a row and setting a course and British record (27:44) in 2010. That year, Mary Keitany, who would go on to win two London Marathons, set the women’s course record of 31:06.
The race starts on The Mall and finishes opposite Buckingham Palace. Runners follow a clockwise route around the City of Westminster and the City of London. It passes many of London’s famous sights including Admiralty Arch, Nelson’s Column, St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, the Bank of England, the Old Bailey, Somerset House, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.
Race sponsors, Vitality, will be creating a festival zone in Green Park for all to enjoy before and after the race. There will be something for all ages, including inflatable games, workshops and live music from the bandstand. Entry fees are £28 or £26 for club affiliated runners available until Thursday, 28 April.
Full details are at the race website