A record number of people completed the Vitality Westminster Mile last Sunday, with 5,980 participants finishing the distance. The exciting day of action also saw a Guinness World Record broken and Lord Sebastian Coe take part in the Olympian Wave.
Ellie Awford and Mike Krotosky broke the Guinness World Record by running and completing a mile holding hands at the event. They crossed the line in a time of 6.22 minutes.
Gold-medal winning rowing champion Constantine Louloudis won the Olympian Mile with a time of 5.05m, in a class that included gold medal winners Lord Sebastian Coe, Jayne Torvill and Jo Pavey. The annual Olympian Mile includes athletes from past and present that have represented Team GB at the Olympic Games.
Constantine previously started his career at Westminster Boating Base, and received funding through Westminster City Council’s Champions of the Future scheme, which provides training and financial support for promising young athletes.
Meanwhile Nick Goolab, part of running group Belgrave Harriers, became the first man to win the Mile for the second year in a row in the elite men’s one-mile category with a time of 4.03m. Adelle Tracey also beat defending champion Sarah McDonald to win the women’s one-mile race with a time of 4.38m.
In the Junior Wheelchair races, Craig Boardman won with a time of 3.50m in the men’s category. In the women’s category, Eden Rainbow Cooper won with a time of 4.39m.
All 33 London boroughs were also represented in the Daily Mile London wave, which encourages primary school children to take part in a mile of physical activity to prevent childhood obesity.
Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, Sports and Community, said: “I was very proud to see the highest amounts people ever attend the Westminster Mile, from all the young people and families coming to give it a go through to the elite level athletes competing against each other. We will do all we can to see the Mile grow and inspire even more people try something new and to be more healthy and active.”
Special guest Lord Sebastian Coe said: “I loved the race. It’s such a lovely mix of all sorts of things, people doing a bit of exercise, Olympians, youngsters who will become healthier adults as the result of taking part in races like this.”
Eric Shirley, 88, was the oldest Olympian to complete the Mile in a time of 10.01m. Eric, who ran in the 3000m steeplechase final at the 1956 Melbourne Games, said: “Let’s hope events like this encourage the youngsters to stay in the sport.”
Constantine Louloudis, 25, winner of the Olympic Wave, said: “(The Mile) was brilliant, and it was my first ever running event. It was really fun to meet so many Olympians of different ages and sports. I’m going to get my whole family to do it next year.”