The May Bank Holiday weekend will see up to 20,000 runners returning to the streets of London, just over a month after the capital was enthralled by one of the greatest marathons ever witnessed. On Sunday, 29th May up to 10,000 will take part in the Vitality Westminster Mile and the following day it is the turn of the 10k runners in the Vitality London 10,000.
Both races are organised by London Marathon Events Limited and share facilities before, during and after the events in Green Park. Founded in 2008, the London 10,000 has grown from just over 6,000 finishers in 2008 to almost 12,000 last year. Meanwhile, the Westminster Mile has expanded from 2,000 in 2013 to a possible 10,000 this year.
Mo Farah has won the London 10,000 five times in a row and set a 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 Westminster Mile course records are held by Charlie Grice (Brighton, 4:02) and Hannah England (Oxford, 4:31).
Both races start on The Mall and finish opposite Buckingham Palace, taking in many of London’s world famous sights en route. The Mile will feature a series of seeded races with categories for all ages and abilities, including a special parkrun wave.
Race sponsors, Vitality, will create a festival zone in Green Park for all to enjoy before and after the race. Activities on offer in Green Park include live music on the Soul Stage, injury prevention workshops at the Body Zone and Yoga, Pilates and Thai Chi at the Mind Zone.