The fifth Vitality Westminster Mile will take place on Sunday, 28 May, starting on The Mall and finishing right in front of Buckingham Palace. As in previous editions there will be a wave dedicated to the burgeoning parkrun community. What better way to put some zip into the legs than joining like-minded runners for a blast on possibly the world’s most iconic mile course?
The Vitality Westminster Mile started in 2013 with 2,000 competitors and entries rose to 5,000 last year when David Weir became the first wheelchair racer ever to dip under the three minute barrier.
Nick Goolab (Belgrave Harriers, 4:01) broke the course record to take the Sir Roger Bannister Trophy in the same time as runner-up Andrew Butchart (Central, Scotland). Sarah McDonald (Birchfield Harriers, 4:38) joined Goolab in becoming British mile champion for 2016. The women’s course record is held by Hannah England (Oxford, 4:31).
Places in the parkrun wave are strictly limited so parkrunners who want to test their mile pace are encouraged to sign up soon to join their group on The Mall. There is an exclusive parkrun entry form available here.
Standard online entry is open now and costs just £8 for adults and £6 for juniors under-18. Children aged 11 and under are free. Entries close on Thursday, May 4 or when 10,000 entries are received.
Full details are at the Vitality Westmister Mile website.