Sir Mo Farah has confirmed he will run the Vitality London 10,000 on Monday 28 May. The course record holder will return to the streets of London just five weeks after setting the UK record in the Virgin Money London Marathon and may have an eye on his own British best of 27:44 achieved in the 2010 edition of this event.
Mo Farah competes for the first time since 2013 on the 10th anniversary of the capital’s most iconic race, which starts on The Mall and passes London landmarks such as Admiralty Arch, Nelson’s Column, St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, Bank of England, Old Bailey, Somerset House, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey before finishing in front of Buckingham Palace.
The 35-year-old has won this race on four occasions between 2009 and 2013 and was runner-up in the first edition of the race in 2008. His course and British record was set when he beat the Kenyan athlete Micah Kogo by five seconds.
Farah said: “It has been a while since I last raced the Vitality London 10,000 and I’m looking forward to returning again this year. I have got many happy memories of the race and of the course which is a spectacular one and one that I’ve been able to run fast on in the past. The race has always been a preparation for the track season in the past, while this year I will have run the Virgin Money London Marathon just five weeks before so it will be a bit different but I am looking forward to it. As I always say, running in my home town is always special.”
Vitality London 10,000 also incorporates the British Athletics 10K Championships for men and women. The event forms the second part of a packed weekend of road running around central London which will start on Sunday morning (27 May) with the fifth edition of Vitality Westminster Mile, a series of races around St James’s Park for runners of all ages and abilities, from elites to families with young children. There is a special parkrun wave in the Vitality Westminster Mile as well as an Olympians Mile and the British Age Group Championships for runners in the under-13 to under-20 categories.
The all-day Vitality Wellness Festival takes place in Green Park and is packed with free family activities including the giant Tumblelator and taster classes in lots of sports from boxing to yoga, with loads of spot prizes on offer. There will be free massages for runners and plenty of places to picnic with a wide range of food on sale.
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