Top milers named for Westminster event

British line-up for Bupa Westminster Mile announced, as Mo Farah named as an event ambassador

Mo Farah Bupa

Olympians Andy Baddeley, Ross Murray, Nick McCormick, Hannah England, Lisa Dobriskey and Steph Twell will head a field of 3000 in the new Bupa Westminster Mile on Sunday May 26 while Mo Farah will also be present as an ambassador for the event.

Paralympic champions David Weir and Richard Whitehead will also be competing around St James’s Park at an event which will include the UK age- group championships and offer big cash prizes.

Also among the athletes bidding for the first senior titles are James Brewer, Charlie Grice, Rob Mullett, Chris Warburton, Charlene Thomas, Emma Jackson, Lennie Waite and Alison Leonard, while members of the public will vie with club runners from around the country to establish their own personal mile markers.

The Bupa Westminster Mile, organised by the London Marathon in partnership with Westminster City Council, is designed to celebrate the mile as one of the most iconic races in athletics. From the first official world record exactly 100 years ago, to Roger Bannister’s legendary four-minute mile in 1954, it remains special event for runners and fans alike.

“Britain has an amazing heritage in the mile, with Sir Roger Bannister being the first person to run under four minutes and more latterly the 1980s world record holders Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett and Steve Cram,” commented London Marathon race director Hugh Brasher.

“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 an iconic venue to deliver on that commitment.”

Entries close on May 7, visit bupawestminstermile.co.uk for more details.

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