The Big Half 2019

The Vitality Big Half

Congratulations to Sir Mo Farah who made it back-to-back victories at The Vitality Big Half winning in a thrilling sprint finish against Bashir Abdi and Daniel Wanjiru to win the men’s race.  Meanwhile it was an all-British battle in the women’s race with last year’s champion Charlotte Purdue winning ahead of clubmate Steph Twell while David Weir warmed up for his 20th London Marathon with victory in the elite men’s wheelchair race and Margriet van den Broek was the winner in the women’s wheelchair contest.  We’ll be back here with a preview of the 2020 race.  In the meantime visit our Events! page now for news of all the best spectator action coming up in London. 

A festival of running in the capital sees 11,000+ Londoners joined by Sir Mo Farah and a field of world-class distance runners for The Vitality Big Half.  The race starts at 9am and spectating is free on the route.

London’s community half marathon starts by Tower Bridge and travels through four different boroughs before finishing at the Cutty Sark.  The half marathon (starting at 9am) promises to be a spectator treat with big names in all the elite races.

In the men’s race Sir Mo – four-time Olympic gold medallist and six-time world champion – returns to defend The Vitality Big Half title he won in 2018 with two former London Marathon champions, Wilson Kipsang and Daniel Wanjiru, among the opposition.  Expect Mo to put on a show as GB’s greatest ever runner continues his preparations for a mouth-watering showdown against marathon GOAT and world record holder Eliud Kipchoge at this year’s London Marathon on 28th April.

The Vitality Big Half will again double up as the British Half-Marathon Championships and the Brits in the mix for a podium finish include Andy Vernon, Dewi Griffiths, Jonny Mellor, Josh Griffiths and Matt Sharp.

An exciting women’s race is in prospect with all three of last year’s podium finishers returning.  Charlotte Purdue was last year’s winner in 70:29 (the tenth-fastest half marathon time in British history) and is joined on the start line by runner-up Lily Partridge and third-placed Charlotte Arter.  Meanwhile Steph Twell, who ran 2:30:11 in her debut marathon in Valencia in December, will be making her debut in the event.  Tracy Barlow, Gemma Steel and Sonia Samuels are also confirmed which means the seven fastest British women over the half marathon distance in 2018 will race head-to-head on the streets of London.

Eight-time London Marathon champion David Weir leads the entries in the men’s wheelchair race while three-time Paralympic medallist Shelly Woods will be aiming for victory in the women’s wheelchair race while Derek Rae will compete in the ambulant category.

The race starts at 9am with a great day of action in prospect as Farah and Co join thousands of runners for one of the biggest running events in the country.

The Vitality Big Half route for 2019 starts on the north side of the River Thames by Tower Bridge by the Tower of London and finishes at the iconic Cutty Sark in Greenwich passing through the four London boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich.

This is the 13.1 mile route in full together with spectator information for the day.  The Vitality Big Festival will take place in Greenwich Park near the finish where runners and spectators alike can enjoy some of London’s best food, music, sport and entertainment.

Spectating is free on the course.