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Runners at the start line prepare to start the final family wave.




Mile returns to The Mall

It’s the perfect family event, well organised and not too busy. And we can do some sightseeing with the children afterwards – starting with the changing of the guard!

Claire Appleby

2022 Vitality Westminster Mile participant

Running for Ruth

The afternoon session also saw supporters of the Ruth Strauss Foundation #RunforRuth in their distinctive red T-shirts. England cricket legend Sir Andrew Strauss set up the foundation and the wave in 2019 in memory of his wife, Ruth, who died in December 2018 from a rare form of lung cancer.

He was on The Mall today to start the wave, before joining the other participants, including his former England team-mate Ian Bell, to run the mile.

He said: “The 2019 event took place quite soon after Ruth died and we had an idea what we wanted the Ruth Strauss Foundation to be at that stage, so three years down the track the community is growing all the time. To have so many people here supporting us is amazing.

“I ran with my two sons, and we were all meant to run together, but halfway round my oldest son kicked for home and left us for dead, then my youngest son did me on the Finish Line, so I was third place in the family today, but I’ll get them back next year,” he laughed.

“They love taking part. There are so many people here from Ruth’s life so it’s lovely for us to see everyone and catch up.

“It’s such an inclusive event for families, with children, parents and grandparents all taking part. It’s really special. It’s our favourite event in the calendar as it brings us all together.”

And judging by the faces of the other participants taking on their miles with smiles, they seemed to agree!