Andrew Butchart (Central) is the marquee signing as he lines up to defend his UK 10K road title in the Vitality London 10,000 on Spring Bank Holiday Monday 29 May. Butchart returns to the streets of the capital in search of a unique double, as he will attempt to win the Vitality Westminster Mile the day before tackling the UK Championships at six times that distance.
Butchart's Back For London 10,000
The inaugural BUPA London 10,000 in 2008 saw 6,103 finishers; a figure that increased every year until 12,089 completed the fantastic course last year. Olympic legend Lasse Virén set the runners on their way in the first race, won by Kenya’s Micah Kogo (28:08) and Germany's Irina Mikitenko (32:02).
Mo Farah then dominated the event, winning five times in a row, including setting a course, and British record (27:44) in 2010. That same year Kenya's Mary Keitany, who would go on to win three London Marathons, set the women’s course record (31:06).
Britons have taken the top prize since, with women's race winners including Jo Pavey, Mara Yamauchi, Katrina Wootton, Gemma Steel and Lily Partridge. Andy Vernon was denied a third successive win in 2016 by Andrew Butchart to set the scene for an enthralling encounter.
Butchart used the London 10,000 as a springboard to success in the Rio Olympics where he was sixth in the 5000m final. He spent this winter in the USA racing indoors and taking some Scottish records in the process, including the two-mile and 3000m marks.
“There’s nothing like running through London,” says Butchart. “The Vitality London 10,000 and Vitality Westminster Mile are different to any sort of city run I’ve ever done and any race that exists, apart from the London Marathon. For my discipline, there’s no other way you could run through the centre of London, starting outside Buckingham Palace on The Mall with all those other elite athletes. It’s something special.”
The race is organised by the team behind the London Marathon and incorporates the UK Club Championships. Full details are at the Vitality London 10,000 website.
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