More than 8,500 people have signed up for the Vitality Westminster Mile, the one-mile race that starts on The Mall and finishes in front of Buckingham Palace. This number eclipses the previous high of 7,000 participants last year.
Lord Sebastian Coe, the double Olympic champion and former world record holder for the mile, is the special guest who will run the mile as part of the Olympian Mile, where he will join 100 other Olympians from past and present.
Other Olympians participating include Jayne Torvill, gold medal winner at the 1984 Winter Olympics and coach for Dancing on Ice, and Jo Pavey, gold medal winner at the 2014 European Championships over 10,000m.
The oldest Olympian looking to complete the Mile will be 88-year-old Eric Shirley, who ran the 3000m steeplechase final at the 1956 Melbourne Games.
There will also be a Guinness World Records attempt with Mike Krotosky and Ellie Awford attempting to set a record for the fastest mile run while holding hands.
This year will also see the return of the Mascot Race, with Queen’s Park Rangers’ Jude the Cat racing against 13 other mascots to win the £1,000 first prize for a foundation or charity of their choice.
In total, there are 36 races from 9.30am to 3.35pm. Family activities will also be available all day in the Vitality Wellness Festival in Green Park including sports, coaching clinics from Arsenal Soccer Schools, and England Netball, live entertainment and more for the family to enjoy.
Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, Sports and Community, said: “It is absolutely fantastic to see over 8,500 people of all ages and abilities sign up to take part in this year’s Vitality Westminster Mile. With signups at record numbers I’m incredibly proud to say that the Mile is the most famous one-mile event in the world. I look forward to seeing all participants enjoying the day, and encourage as many people as possible to cheer them on and take part in the fantastic activities in Green Park all day.”
More information can be found on the Vitality Westminster Mile website.