1 May

Fun For All On The Mall

Vitality Westminster Mile 2016

Last year's Vitality Westminster Mile in central London produced an incredibly close finish and one of the most memorable images ever (above) as Nick Goolab (Belgrave Harriers) was judged to be inches ahead of Scotland's prematurely celebrating Andrew Butchart (Central), with Tom Marshall (Cardiff) only a tick behind in third. Goolab and Butchart dipped one second under Charlie Grice's 2013 course record (4:02) and Marshall equalled that mark.

The sixth Vitality Westminster Mile takes place on Sunday, 28 May, starting on The Mall and finishing in front of Buckingham Palace. As in previous editions there will be a special wave dedicated to the parkrun community. The Vitality Westminster Mile began in 2013 with 2,000 runners and at least 6,000 are expected to take on the classic distance this year.  
 
The men's elite race was not the only record breaking event in 2016 as David Weir became the first wheelchair racer ever to go below three minutes. 'Weirwolf' roared around the course in 2:57 to shatter his own world best by six seconds. Nikki Emmerson (4:10) won the women's wheelchair event.
 
The other category winners were Sarah McDonald (Birchfield Harriers, 4:38), who has run 4:32.06 indoors in USA in January this year, and junior prospects Scott Halsted (Bracknell, 4:16) and Hollie Parker (Enfield & Haringey, 5:03).
 
There is still time to get involved in this exciting day in the capital. The series of seeded miles are organised by London Marathon Events Limited in partnership with Westminster City Council and there are categories for all ages and abilities. The parkrun wave is strictly limited to 450 and there is a direct link to to the entry form here.
 
Full details for standard entry and race day information are available at the event website but get your racing shoes on – entries close at 5pm on Monday, 8 May.
 
Image courtesy Vitality Westminster Mile media.