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Vitality London 10,000

Sir Mo Farah headlines Vitality London 10,000

This is how you can race the quadruple Olympic champion

Ever since Sir Mo Farah failed to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics due to a fractured foot there have been rumours of his retirement but the good news is Sir Mo's not done yet!

London Marathon Events has just confirmed the seven-time champion will return to defend his Vitality London 10,000 title on Bank Holiday Monday 2 May 2022. Farah has not raced since last June's Olympic 10,000m Trials, when he made a brave attempt to qualify for the postponed 2020 Tokyo Games and a chance to add to his four Olympic gold medals.

Sir Mo, who is 39 next month, said: "I'm really looking forward to getting out there and racing again at an event that I really love. I’ve been working hard to get back into shape following my injury last summer and I’ve got a few more months of hard training ahead of me, so it’s good to have a target like the Vitality London 10,000 to work towards".  

Farah’s wins at the Vitality London 10,000 came between 2009 and 2013, plus 2018 and 2019. He set the British 10K record of 27:44 in the 2010 race, a time equalled by Emile Cairess in Valencia earlier this year.   
 
The last time the Vitality London 10,000 was held on its usual Spring date and on the iconic central London course was in 2019 when the British champions were Sir Mo (28:15) and Steph Twell (31:55) as a record 19,465 finished in London's second largest race after the London Marathon.

The stunning course starts on The Mall and goes through Westminster into the City of London, taking in some of London’s most iconic landmarks including Admiralty Arch, St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, the Bank of England, the Old Bailey, Somerset House, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament before finishing in front of Buckingham Palace.

Monday 21 February marked 10 weeks to the event and the start of the Run Happy & Be Healthy training plan that Sir Mo Farah recommends as the perfect plan for those new to running or targeting their first 10K.

Entries are available now via the official website and cost £39 (£2 less for members of UKA clubs). Every finisher receives a souvenir medal and a New Balance technical T-shirt (retail value £35). 

runABC South race details and previous event reports are here

Image courtesy London 10,000 on Facebook

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