Sir Mo Farah is set to return to the Vitality London 10,000 on Spring Bank Holiday Monday (27 May) hoping to defend his British 10K title on the spectacular course, which starts on The Mall and finishes in front of Buckingham Palace.
This will be Farah's seventh appearance at London’s top rated 10K. He has an unbeaten record with wins from 2009 to 2013 inclusive plus 2018. He set the course record (27:44) in 2010 and was exactly two minutes slower in his latest victory.
Last year there were 14,475 finishers and this is expected to increase to a record 17,000 for next month's race that passes iconic 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.
Farah said: “I really enjoy running the 10k distance and look forward to returning to the Vitality London 10,000 again this year. The course is spectacular and the London crowds are fantastic, lining the streets and cheering everyone the whole way round”.
The women's race could well be more exciting than the men's event as so many of our female athletes are currently in superb form at the distance. Last year's winner and British champion was Steph Twell (Aldershot, Farnham & District) in 32:34 but she recently improved her best to 31:57 in taking the Brighton Marathon 10K.
The British title is hotly contested among the clubs and the defending champions are Aldershot, Farnham & District (men) and Cambridge & Coleridge (women).
While many of the elite runners will fret over their kit and general appearance, there will be no such stress for a high profile group of influential women who plan to run Vitality London 10,000 in their underwear to raise awareness of their 'Celebrate You'
campaign. The group leaders are journalist and podcaster Bryony Gordon
and plus-size model Jada Sezer
and the idea is to promote body positivity for everyone of any age, body type or background.
Images courtesy Vitality London 10,000 press