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Vitality Westminster Mile
May 27 @ 12:00 am
With races for all ages and abilities, including families, adults and vets, juniors, elite athletes and wheelchair users, the Vitality Westminster Mile has established itself as the UK’s premier festival of road mile running.
The event, which takes place on May 27 in 2018, was launched by London Marathon Events in partnership with Westminster City Council in 2013 as a legacy event from the 2012 Olympic Games.
The inaugural race in May 2013 saw nearly 2000 finishers, including Paralympic gold-medal winner David Weir, cover the iconic one-mile course, which starts on The Mall, goes around three sides of St James’s Park and finishes in front of Buckingham Palace. Hannah England and Charlie Grice were crowned the first ever British Athletics senior road mile champions.
The 2014 event saluted the 60th anniversary of the record-breaking achievements of two icons of the distance: the legendary Sir Roger Bannister and Diane Leather.
In May 1954, Bannister became the first man to run a sub-four minute mile and just weeks later Leather became the first woman to run a sub-five minute mile. In recognition of these extraordinary achievements, event organisers introduced the Sir Roger Bannister trophy and Diane Leather trophy to be awarded to the winners of the men’s and women’s elite miles. The inaugural winners of the trophies were Chris O’Hare and Alison Leonard and the presentations were made by the guests of honour Sir Roger and Leather.