With just under a week to go to the London Marathon, the capital is awash with runners cramming in their last few miles before the big day.
However, some Londoners are preparing for a very different kind of race. On May 24, thousands of runners of all ages and abilities – from elite athletes to children and families – will cross the finishing line on The Mall having taken part in the most famous mile in the world.
This year is the third anniversary of the BUPA Westminster Mile, a unique event organised by Westminster City Council in partnership with the London Marathon and the Royal Parks which first took place in 2013 as part of the drive to build on the capital’s Olympic and Paralympic legacy.
In 2014, the event gained worldwide media coverage as it celebrated the 60th anniversary of Sir Roger Bannister’s historic sub-four-minute-mile, with the trophies presented by the great man himself.
Cllr Steve Summers, Westminster City Council cabinet member for sports, leisure and open spaces, said:
“In just a few days’ time, Marathon fever is set to grip the capital as thousands of people run the gruelling 26 mile route. If you’re inspired but want to try something slightly less daunting, the Westminster Mile is the perfect solution.
“You can still register to take part in a race that passes some of London’s spectacular sights before finishing in the footsteps of the Marathon runners on the Mall. What better way to spend what we hope will be a glorious May Bank Holiday.”
The 2015 BUPA Westminster Mile will commemorate athletics legend Steve Cram’s great mile record, which was set in 1985 and remains a British and European record today.
The race will also act as the official British Athletics One-Mile Road Age Group Championships and the winners of the U15, U17 and U20 Junior Championship races will be rewarded with Adidas sponsorship.
The event has been backed by the phenomenally successful This Girl Can campaign, which aims to encourage more women to take part in sport. A female-only event is one of a series of races taking place throughout the day.
For more information, including how to register, visit the BUPA Westminster Mile website.