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The Vitality Big Half

Sunday March 10th, 2019
London, UK
Distance: Half Marathon

The Vitality Big Half is a new event and was held for the first time on Sunday 4 March 2018.

Created by London Marathon Events Ltd, in partnership with Sported, The Vitality Big Half is a new one day festival centred around the half marathon distance, which aims to be truly global and uniquely local in a celebration of the wonderful cultural diversity of the great city of London.

What’s happening?

Up to 20,000 people will participate in events that include:

  • The Vitality Big Half: a half marathon starting at Tower Bridge and finishing in Greenwich, passing through the boroughs of Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Greenwich.
  • The Little Half: a fun, family friendly mass participation event that will see up to 4,000 people come together to take on a 2.4 mile course.
  • The Big Relaywill be exclusively open to community groups from the host boroughs of Southwark, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich. Participants will be able to run in teams of four, each person will run one leg of The Big Relay – over distances ranging from one mile to five miles.
  • The Vitality BigFestival: a celebration of London’s diverse culture, food and music which will take place throughout the day in Greenwich Park.

What makes The Vitality Big Half unique?

Our vision is to create a sports event for all Londoners and inspire entries from participants from all backgrounds so that the event mirrors the diverse demographics of London’s multi-cultural population. This has never been done before.

We are working, together with our partners Sported, with the many community groups in the four London boroughs on the course to create a genuine engagement in the event with local communities. Preferential entries will be offered to these community groups and London residents.

The Vitality Big Half will also feature a top international elite field, wheelchair racers and a mass field running on a certified course over the half marathon distance (which is therefore eligible for world records).

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Race Date: 03/04/2018 Distance: Half Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 1:01:40 MO FARAH 34 GBR
2nd Male 1:01:43 DANIEL WANJIRU 25 KEN
3rd Male 1:01:45 CALLUM HAWKINS 22 GBR
4th Male 1:05:03 JONNY MELLOR 27 GBR
Female 1:10:29 CHARLOTTE PURDUE 28 GBR
2nd Female 1:11:06 LILY PARTRIDGE 20 GBR
3rd Female 1:11:31 CHARLOTTE ARTER 25 GBR
4th Female 1:12:57 SONIA SAMUELS 35 GBR
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 1:08:16 Will Green 41 GBR
M 50-59 1:17:02 Tony Jackson 51 GBR
M 60-69 1:28:07 John Gurney 60 GBR
M 70+ 1:39:35 christopher gill 72 GBR
F 40-49 1:17:01 Julie Briscoe 42 GBR
F 50-59 1:23:48 Clare Elms 52 GBR
F 60-69 1:31:31 Lynda Hembury 60 GBR
F 70+ 2:24:28 Penny Wiles 72 GBR
The Vitality Big Half

The race started outside Wembley Stadium and went through the surrounding residential areas. It wasn’t the most scenic of routes and was much hillier than we anticipated, but what it lacked in prettiness it made up for with great marshal support and an abundance of water stations (honestly more than I’ve seen at any other race.) At the midway point we ran a lap of the Saracens Rugby Stadium before running back along the same route and finishing in Wembley Stadium itself.

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