International elites to take to city streets in new London mile event

Entry opens for City of London Mile which boasts races for elites through to school children on an “iconic, fast and flat” course

Hannah England St Paul's City of London Mile

Runners from international elites through to school-age children will have another opportunity to better their mile best in 2014 with a new event to take place in the capital.

Held for the first time in the year which marks 60 years since Sir Roger Bannister ran the world’s first sub-four-minute mile, the City of London Mile is to comprise five events: the Family Mile, Youth Mile, Corporate Mile, International Mile and the City of London Mile which is open to everyone.

Organised by Run-Fast Ltd, better known as a global sports management company, the event, to be held on June 22, will cover a one mile course following a historic route taking in Mansion House, the Bank of England, Guildhall and St Mary-le-Bow Church, as well as part of the London Olympic marathon course.

Among supporters of the event, which starts and finishes next to St Paul’s Cathedral in the heart of London’s Square Mile, is 2011 world silver medalist Hannah England.

Speaking at the event launch on Thursday, England said: ”This is a great opportunity for London to be in the spotlight following the Olympics and a fantastic platform for runners to showcase their talent and to see how fast they can run a mile on a unique course.”

Peter McHugh de Clare, founder of Run-Fast, commented: “The City of London Mile course is iconic, fast and flat. We are passionate about fulfilling the Olympic legacy in the heart of the city itself by giving people from across the country and across all age groups the opportunity to compete in an iconic mass participation sporting event and to run along a part of the Olympic marathon course.

“The mile is Britain’s most historically important distance and an accessible, inclusive race distance for runners of all ages and all levels,” he added. “We look forward to bringing the City of London Mile to the city in June.”

Entry for the event is now open, with fees to the City of London Mile £15 for adults and £10 for children and runners of the Youth Mile (up to the age of 17). A family entry for one adult and one child costs £22, while a team of four from the same company can enter the Corporate Mile for £56. UKA members receive a £2 discount, with a medal and goody bag on offer for all finishers.

» For further information and event entry see cityoflondonmile.co.uk

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