Vitality Big Half start 2020Image: Vitality Big Half

The Big Half in little bits?

New Balance Relay to bring team element to the Vitality Big Half

The Vitality Big Half is one of the classic events in the capital that missed its usual Spring date due to the pandemic. But the good news is the Big Half is back on Sunday 22 August and if the whole 13.1 miles looks a daunting prospect after lockdown lethargy, you can always break it down into manageable chunks by entering the New Balance Big Relay.

New Balance Big Relay will comprise sections of The Big Half course divided into one mile, 3.5 miles, 3.9 miles, or 4.7 miles stages and is now open for teams of up to four to enter for £16 (£4 per registered runner). Entries close at 5.00pm on Friday 30 July.

A celebration of London’s culture and diversity, The Vitality Big Half strives to bring people of all backgrounds and abilities together and the New Balance Big Relay is an opportunity to take part in the main event with a team made up of friends, family, or work colleagues.

Members of New Balance Big Relay teams must be at least 15 years old on Event Day and team captains must be 18 years or above. All team members will receive a T-shirt in advance of the event and a medal at each changeover point. 

Hugh Brasher, London Marathon Events Race Director, said: “We're delighted that this year’s Vitality Big Half will showcase London’s community spirit, particularly after the past 15 months. New Balance Big Relay epitomises our collective sense of togetherness as we make our way out of lockdown – coming together with one goal in mind: to complete 13.1-miles as a team and be able to celebrate the amazing feeling that running with others brings us.”
General entries for Vitality Big Half have also reopened, with a limited number of places available. The entry fee is £46 and all finishers receive a New Balance T-shirt and finisher’s medal. For more information on the event and to enter visit the Vitality Big Half website here

Vitality Big Half was first held in 2018 and takes place in four London boroughs: Greenwich, Lewisham, Southwark, and Tower Hamlets. This unique event demonstrates how sport and community can come together to inspire social change, create social cohesion and improve health and wellbeing. 

Image: Courtesy The Vitality Big Half on facebook

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