Sir Mo inspires thousands to participate in race

Star runner joins record number of finishers for Vitality Westminster Mile, we were there to catch all the action

A staggering 9,256 runners completed the legendary race this year (Sunday 26th May) and were joined by none other than Sir Mo Farah, who took part to inspire young people to get fit and healthy (and to warm him up for the Vitality London 10,000, which he ran the next day!).

A race for all
The Vitality Westminster Mile was launched in 2013 and continues to grow every year. This year’s record participation was certainly helped by a certain famous-name runner – the quadruple Olympic legend Sir Mo Farah!

The race, which starts at The Mall and finishes outside Buckingham Palace, is a hugely accessible and welcoming event, complemented by the wonderful Vitality Wellness Festival, which is hosted in nearby Green Park. 

Open to all ages and abilities, the race itself welcomes elite athletes running to beat their personal best, individuals raising money for charity or simply families with little ones in tow doing it just for healthy, active fun.  

The fees are low (kids under the age of nine run for free) and all proceeds fund local community sports projects.

Inspiring young people
This year, an incredible 3,644 young people took part – a sign that one of the key aims of the event, to encourage healthy lifestyles from an early age, is certainly working.

Of the event, Sir Mo had this to say: “It’s great to be here helping to get the kids active. It’s really special for them to be able to run on this course and it’s important for people like me to be here.

“For me, growing up, seeing my idols and role models close up was important and they’re all here running on the same course as the marathon. It’s a special thing.”

Four-minute finale
As well as Sir Mo, many other professional runners descended on The Mall on the Bank Holiday Sunday in the capital but is was Chris O'Hare and Melissa Courtney who came in first. Chris finished at four minutes flat to claim the Roger Bannister Trophy for a second year in succession, whilst Melissa fended off European champion Laura Muir to retain the Diane Leather Trophy.

Run the Vitality Westminster Mile in 2020!
As you can see, this event really is exciting and memory making, so why not sign you and your family and friends up for next year’s event?

Entry into the 2020 Vitality Westminster Mile is now open, and the event will take place on Sunday 24th May.

Click here to complete the entry form and secure your place.