Mile magic hits London in form of Bupa Westminster Mile

New event comes to the City in May with 5000 people expected to take part

Posted on January 21, 2013 by
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DAVID WEIR & KIDS

Thousands of runners are set to take to the streets of Westminster this May for an all-inclusive series of mile-long races.

Taking place just over 59 years since Sir Roger Bannister ran the world’s first sub-four-minute mile, the mass participation race on May 26 will see an estimated 5000 runners and wheelchair racers from the age of nine to elite and veteran categories chase their own personal goals over the 1609m distance.

The London Marathon Ltd has joined forces with Westminster City Council and Bupa to stage the event, with organisers keen for the Bupa Westminster Mile to be part of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy.

London Marathon race director Hugh Brasher said: “Britain has an amazing heritage in the mile, with Sir Roger Bannister being the first person to run under four minutes and more latterly his mantle as world record-holder being taken up in the 1980s by Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett and Steve Cram.

“We believe that this exciting new event can carry on the great work that London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games did to inspire a generation, by providing the competition and iconic venue to deliver on that commitment.”

Four-time London 2012 Paralympic gold medallist David Weir (pictured above), who was at the launch event earlier today, added: “To deliver a real legacy, Paralympic sport needs high-profile inclusive events like this which can inspire more people to get involved in sport. The beauty of the Bupa Westminster Mile is it’s a one-mile road race, making it accessible to everyone of all ages and abilities.”

The route will take entrants along the historic Mall, site of the start and finish line of the London 2012 Olympic marathon, before heading around the edge of St James’s Park in heart of Central London and finish outside Buckingham Palace.

» Find further coverage and comment on the Bupa Westminster Mile in this week’s AW, out Thursday January 24

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