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Sir Mo Farah Joins School Children as they Prepare for the 2018 Vitality Westminster Mile

Sir Mo Farah met with school children from Hallfield Primary School in Westminster today (Friday 11 May) as they took their daily run around the playground.

The multiple world and Olympic champion, who recently broke the British marathon record to finish third at last month’s Virgin Money London Marathon, was there to encourage children and adults to sign up to run the Vitality Westminster Mile.

The best mile in the world starts on The Mall and finishes in front of Buckingham Palace and this year anyone entering the family events may be lucky enough to #RunWithMo as Farah will join in the fun and run in three of the family events at the 2018 Vitality Westminster Mile on Sunday 27 May.

Some of those hoping to #RunWithMo were treated to this special visit from the man himself as he joined them for their Daily Mile. Children participating in The Daily Mile go outside every school day, whatever the weather, to run, jog and walk for 15 minutes. The children run in their school clothes and no special kit or trainers are required.

“It’s brilliant to see so many children excited about running and preparing to take part in the best mile in the world,” said Farah. “I’m bringing my family along and we’re looking forward to seeing them with their parents and friends on 27 May. I hope many more young children and their families will sign up to join us on what will be a great day in London.”

Race entry is free for children aged 11 and under, £8 for adults (18 and over) and £6 for 12-17-year-olds (there is a £1 reduction for Westminster residents). Every finisher gets a timed result, a fantastic medal and a goody bag. 

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The Vitality Westminster Mile is supported by Westminster City Council and Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community David Harvey said: “It’s terrific to have an Olympic legend like Sir Mo here today to inspire the next generation of athletes to get outdoors and get active. We want to create opportunities for young people to take up exercise. You don’t have to be a gold medallist to get involved – the Westminster Mile is all about getting people to try something new and make running fun.”

The programme for the day includes adult races, school races, the British Age Group Road Mile Championships for runners in the Under 13 to Under 20 age groups and elite races. The Olympians Mile brings together athletes who have competed for Great Britain in any sport in an Olympic Games (summer or winter).

Alongside the mile events, the all-day Vitality Wellness Festival takes place in Green Park and is packed with free family-friendly activities including coaching sessions in a range of sports, the giant Tumblelator, and taster classes in lots of different activities from boxing to yoga, with loads of spot prizes on offer. There are plenty of places to picnic and a range of food on sale.

Entries close at 17:00 on Friday 18 May.