Records set to tumble at Vitality Westminster Mile and Vitality London 10,000
24 May 2018, 11:40 a.m.
It looks all set to be a record-breaking weekend of running at the Vitality Westminster Mile and Vitality London 10,000 this bank holiday.
There have been a record number of entries for both events which form part of a fantastic festival of running in central London from Sunday 27 May to Monday 28 May.
A record high of more than 9,500 runners have signed up to run in the Vitality Westminster Mile on Sunday 27 May, with many inspired by the opportunity to #RunWithMo.
Sir Mo Farah will be running the iconic one mile course, which starts on The Mall and finishes in front of Buckingham Palace, with participants young and old as part of the Family Races, of which there are 12 in total.
Included in the family waves are the now annual Mascot Race which will feature mascots from sports clubs, organisations and charities across the UK. There will also be an attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the fastest mile run while holding hands.
There will also be the popular Olympians Mile where nearly 90 British Olympians, from summer and winter Olympics, squeeze into their old kit and get the competitive juices going again. Among the names running this year are Lord Coe, Greg Searle and judo legend Brian Jacks.
The elite races, which are also the British Championships one mile road races, are extremely strong with the leading male runners hoping to break the magical four minute barrier for the mile for the first time in the event’s history.
Commonwealth Games 1,500m bronze medallist Jake Wightman plus Charlie Grice and Chris O’Hare – three of Britain’s best middle-distance runners – will all be hoping to run inside four minutes with the winner being awarded the Sir Roger Bannister trophy.
Bannister, who died in March this year, was famously the first person in history to run inside four minutes for the mile in 1954 and Wightman said it would be fitting to mark his death with a first sub-four clocking at the Vitality Westminster Mile.
Wightman said: “I hope to be in the sort of shape to run under four minutes at the Vitality Westminster Mile and I think, with the passing of Sir Roger Bannister, this year it would be nice for that to happen. It will be added motivation.”
The elite women’s race will include four athletes who reached finals at last month’s Commonwealth Games: Melissa Courtney, who won a bronze medal in the 1,500m, Sarah McDonald, Jess Judd and Rosie Clarke.
There will also be British Championship age group races from under-13 to under-20 and, for the first time this year, a British Masters Championships.
Away from the running, there will is the Vitality Wellness Festival in Green Park which is free to everyone.
Among the activities visitors will be able to enjoy are activations from England Hockey, England Cricket and England Netball with Sasha Corbin, the England netball team captain who led her team to a gold medal at last month’s Commonwealth Games, among the special guests attending.
There will also be a New Balance football clinic and a New Balance Run Hub where you can design a shoe, get tips for running and kids activities.
A Guinness World Records Live area, where visitors will have the opportunity to break a world record, will also form part of the Vitality Wellness Festival. The world records that are there to be broken are: The most aerobic step ups in 30 seconds, the fastest time to lace up a shoe and the most beach paddle ball passes in one minute team of two.
There are also a record number of entries for the Vitality London 10,000 on Monday 28 May with more than 17,000 people signed up for the most iconic 10km in London.
The event passes famous London landmarks such as Admiralty Arch, Nelson’s Column, St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, the Bank of England, the Old Bailey, Somerset House, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.
Sir Mo Farah will be the most famous name on the Start Line as he aims for his sixth victory in the Vitality London 10,000. Callum Hawkins and Chris Thompson are the two men likely to push him the hardest.
In the women’s race, defending champion Jo Pavey returns for her first competitive race of the year and will be up against the first British woman at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon Lily Partridge and Commonwealth Games 1,500m and 5,000m finalist Steph Twell.
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and Lord Seb Coe will be the official starters of the event.