Mo Farah starts Vitality Westminster Mile

Vitality Westminster Mile is back on The Mall

There's a mile for all at this capital event

The 2022 Vitality Westminster Mile returns to central London on Sunday (1 May) after more than 1,000 days. Vitality Westminster Mile, staged in partnership with Westminster City Council, was launched by London Marathon Events in May 2013 but has not been held in central London since 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Vitality Westminster Mile is a series of mile events held on an iconic course that starts on The Mall, runs around St James’s Park, and finishes in spectacular fashion in front of Buckingham Palace. The event has once again joined forces with a number of charities and organisations to offer dedicated waves throughout the day including the Ruth Strauss Foundation, London United, and parkrun. 

The big change this year is there are no elite races on the programme, although there may well be a few elite athletes around, just like the character starting a previous race in our photo above! Instead, bespoke waves for adults, families, parkrunners, charities, wheelchairs, and Special Olympics GB will set off between 10:00am and 2:30pm on fully closed and secure roads after assembling in Green Park.

From The Mall, runners pass Horse Guards Parade, St James’s Park and Birdcage Walk before that dramatic finish in front of Buckingham Palace. Green Park is the venue for the free Vitality Wellness Festival with its Kids Zone, Active Westminster, Vitality Stage, Tumbleator, Smoothie Bikes, Food Court, Picnic Area, and many more activities to make this an entertaining day out for runners and supporters.

Just over 9,000 people ran in more than 30 waves in 2019 and you can get a feel for the last elite event through our runABC South report here

runABC South will be reporting on the action again this year and will, of course, be bringing you the results in our results section here

Vitality Westminster Mile is a brilliant starter to the main course Vitality London 10,000 that takes place 24 hours later on Bank Holiday Monday (2 April).   

Image courtesy Vitality Westminster Mile on Facebook

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