On this page you’ll find everything you need to know about Race Day – from how to get to the assembly area in Green Park to how to fix your timing tag to your shoe. Please make sure you read these instructions carefully in the run-up to Race Day.
Registered runners will be sent a Final Instructions booklet before the race in May. These instructions will also available to download on this page.
Race start times for the 2018 Vitality Westminster Mile will be announced in due course. Runners will set off in waves from 09:30 on Race Day.
The Vitality Westminster Mile course starts on The Mall and heads towards Admiralty Arch before a right turn into Horse Guards Road following the perimeter of St James’s Park. The course then turns right again into Birdcage Walk. The second half of the race will take you past Welllington Barracks before the final right turn into Spur Road and the Finish Line in front of Buckingham Palace.
Download the Vitality Westminster Mile course map below.
Before the event
With your Final Instructions booklet, you will receive your running number, IPICO Sports Tag and a coloured baggage tag that matches your running number. Please ensure you bring these with you on Race Day.
Your running number
Pin your running number to the front of your T-shirt using the safety pins you’ll receive with your Final Instructions booklet. Your running number has a coloured background and letter that indicates what mile race you are in (race start times will be published here in due course). Spare pins will be available at the information point on Race Day. You must not use someone else’s number, nor let someone else use yours. Imagine the anxiety caused to relatives and friends in the event of misidentification if there is a medical emergency.
IPICO Sports Tag timing device
Your IPICO Sports Tag will be enclosed with your Final Instructions booklet. It must be fixed to your running shoe in accordance with the instructions using the wire twist ties which will also be enclosed with your Final Instructions booklet.
If you need additional instructions, or wire twist ties to secure the IPICO Sports Tag to your shoe, these can be collected from our information point in Green Park on Race Day. Official results will be based on the elapsed time taken by each runner between crossing the mats at the Start Line and the Finish Line (except in any of the British Athletics One-Mile Road Championship races or U11/U13 races – including the London Borough Championships – when results will be based on gun to tape times).
Before leaving home on Race Day
Make sure you have the following: your running number and safety pins, baggage tag, IPICO Sports Tag and wire twist ties to fix it to your shoe (better still, attach it to your shoe before you leave home for the race) and your Final Instructions booklet! If you lose any of these items before the race they can be replaced at the information point in Green Park on Race Day. There is a £10 charge to replace a lost IPICO Sports Tag, which will be payable on the day by cash, cheque or credit card before a new tag is issued.
Deciding not to run
Please remember that it is very foolish to run if you have had any sort of virus or fever in the four weeks before Race Day. It is equally foolish to run with an injury – in these circumstances, please DO NOT RUN. If you decide not to run for any reason, you must return your IPICO Sports Tag. Please use the special Freepost envelope enclosed with your Final Instructions booklet. It is a condition of the event that all timing tags that are not returned within 21 days of the event are subject to a £10 lost-tag charge.
The assembly area for the Vitality Westminster Mile event is in Green Park. The nearest Tube stations are Green Park and Hyde Park Corner. Piccadilly Circus, St James’s Park, Charing Cross and Victoria are also within walking distance.
We do not recommend driving as parking in the area will be difficult.
Public transport is the best option, but do check for any possible weekend engineering works before you travel at www.tfl.gov.uk/check
The assembly area in Green Park will have toilets and Buxton Natural Mineral Water available to runners. Our team at the information point will be able to help with any questions. Please ensure that you listen to the PA system for important information on when you should assemble for the start of your race. Our marshals in this area will also be on hand to assist you.
Event baggage facility
Included with your Final Instructions booklet will be a coloured baggage tag that matches the background colour on your running number. Attach this tag to your bag before you hand it in to our baggage facility at the assembly area in Green Park on Race Day. Please keep your belongings to a minimum and help our volunteers by bringing nothing larger or heavier than a regular size sports holdall. Only one bag per person, please. Make sure you leave plenty of time to hand in your bag and get to the start of your race. To reclaim your bag after your race you will need to show your running number to our volunteers.
There will be a series of mile races throughout the day and race allocation will be based on your predicted finish time. Head to the start area according to the race start times stated at the top of the page. Remember that the timing tag on your shoe will give you an accurate time regardless of which race you are in.
There will be a First Aid point near the Finish Line and in Green Park.
The race Finish Line is on Spur Road, facing Buckingham Palace. Once you’ve crossed the Finish Line, one of our marshals will remove your timing tag from your shoe. You will then receive a goody bag containing your medal and nutritional items before you’re directed back to the assembly area in Green Park.
The Royal Parks Agency has allowed us to use Green Park. We are grateful to the Royal Parks Agency for their assistance and would ask that you show your appreciation by treating the area with the respect it deserves and not littering the park and surrounding areas.
The race course is ideal for spectators. It loops around the world-famous St James’s Park and features plenty of great vantage points so encourage any friends and family who aren’t joining you for the run to come along to show their support.
For more details on the entertainment available to those coming to watch the Vitality Westminster Mile, please visit our Spectator Info page.
Included with your Final Instructions booklet will be an orange wristband. If you bring children, please fill out your contact details on the wristband and attach it to their wrist. There will be spare wristbands available from the information point in Green Park on Race Day.
Results for the 2017 race – and previous years of the event – are available now.