The Big Half2019

Athletics

The Vitality Big Half

๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธย 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 Big Half.ย  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.ย ย The Big Half starts at 9am (tbc) and will be a spectator treat with big names expected in all the elite races.

In the men’s race distance running legend Sir Mo Farah – the four-time Olympic gold medallist and six-time world champion โ€“ returns to the event for the first time since 2019.ย  Farah has won the race on two occasions (in 2018 and 2019) and will make history as the first athlete to win The Big Half three times if he can break the tape first today.

Farah has also confirmed heโ€™ll be returning to London in four weeks’ time to take part in the TCS London Marathon on Sunday 2 October.ย  It will be the first time he has raced over the full marathon distance since 2019.

Farah said: โ€œThe Big Half will be a great way to test my condition and see how my training has been progressing before the TCS London Marathon on Sunday 2 October.ย  It does seem a long time ago since I last took part in the full marathon in 2019 and I canโ€™t wait to get back out there again, test myself against the best marathon runners in the world and enjoy that buzz and amazing atmosphere London creates on Marathon Day.”

Full details of the 2022 elite men’s and women’s races and wheelchair races are due to be announced shortly.ย  Stay tuned here for ‘Ones to watch’ as soon as the startlists are confirmed.

In 2021 rising star Jake Smith cemented a breakthrough year by winning The Vitality Big Half men’s race in a 62:06, while Charlotte Purdue sealed a record third victory in the women’s race setting a new course record of 69:51

๐Ÿ•˜ Race start time is at 9am.*

* Approximate at this stage and subject to change nearer to raceday.ย 

๐Ÿ“ The route: The Vitality Big Half route for 2022 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.ย  The full route will appear here shortly.

๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ Spectating is free on the course.

๐ŸšŠ๐Ÿš—ย Travel tips:ย The nearest London Underground station to the race start is Tower Hill tube station on the District and Circle lines.ย ย The nearest stations to the Cutty Sark – where the race finishes – are Greenwich and Maze Hill, direct trains run to both from London Cannon Street and London Bridge.ย ย If you are using the London Underground, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) will take you straight to Cutty Sark station.ย  The DLR connects with other Underground lines at Bank, Tower Gateway and Stratford stations.ย  Plan your journey at the Transport for London website.

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