What is The Vitality Big Half?

The Vitality Big Half is a world-class mass participation event, organised by London Marathon Events Ltd, which features a half marathon (13.1 miles) and other events held on closed roads in London.

The Vitality Big Half is more than just an event; this is a campaign. This unique event will demonstrate how sport and community can get together to inspire social change, create social cohesion and improve health and wellbeing.

Its guiding principle is to be 'Truly Global yet Uniquely Local.' The Vitality Big Half is much more than a mass participation running event with the world’s best athletes and thousands of mass runners. It is be a street party of epic proportions and it aims to inspire participation from a variety of socio-economic groups, faiths, ages, ethnicities and to become the first sports event whose participants truly represent London’s diverse population.

When is it?

The 2019 edition of The Vitality Big Half will take place on Sunday 10 March.

What are the events in The Vitality Big Half?

The Vitality Big Half will be the annual half marathon every elite runner will want to win, just weeks ahead of the Virgin Money London Marathon. In addition to the global superstars of distance running, the thousands of mass runners will inspire spectators to take up the challenge in future years. The course will be ratified for world records.

The Big Relay is a family-friendly run for all ages and abilities.

The Little Half will be held on a 2.4 mile route from Southwark Park to the stunning finish line by the Cutty Sark in Greenwich.

The Vitality Big Festival

Held in Greenwich Park, The Vitality Big Festival celebrates London’s diversity with a huge range of food, music and entertainment. There will be local traders serving food from around the world, music playing throughout the day, performances from community groups and fun activities and fitness classes for the whole family to enjoy.

What is the route?

The route for the 2019 edition of The Vitality Big Half will be announced later in the year. In 2018, the race started by Tower Bridge and finished at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. The route goes through four London boroughs: Southwark, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich.

What is the minimum age for The Vitality Big Half?

Runners in The Vitality Big Half must be 17 on Race Day. Younger runners will be eligible to participate in The Big Relay and The Little Half.

When do general entries open?

General entries are now sold out. Please visit our online entry page for more information.

For residents who live in the London boroughs that the course passes through (Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich), entries have also sold out.

What is the entry fee?

The general entry fee for The Vitality Big Half is £39.00 (£35.00 for members of a British Athletics affiliated running club). Entry fee for runners from the four boroughs is £30.

What are the other ways of getting a place in The Vitality Big Half?

A number of charities will have guaranteed entries for The Vitality Big Half. See our charity page for the list of charities with guaranteed entries available.

What are the community entries?

Community groups from the four host boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich can apply for discounted £10 places in the event.

Can I apply for community entries?

The group or charity must be based in or work mainly in one or more of the host boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Lewisham or Greenwich to be eligible for the Community Entries.

How do I apply for community entries?

If you represent a community group in the host boroughs, please visit our community entry page to find out how to apply for places, or contact community.entries@thebighalf.co.uk for more information.

I have moved. How do I let you know my change of address?

Please email changeofaddress@londonmarathonevents.co.uk with the event name, your name, date of birth, telephone number, old address and your new address. Your address details will then be changed in our system. Please do not call the helpdesk with changes of address as these can only be processed by email.

I am a visually impaired runner. Where can I find out more about running with a guide?

If you are a runner with a visual impairment and would like to find out more about running with a guide, please contact disability@londonmarathonevents.co.uk

How will I know what to do on the day of The Vitality Big Half?

Final Instructions with full details of everything you need to know will be sent to you ahead of Race Day. This will include information about getting to the start and final preparations.

If you have a specific question or issue that is not addressed by these FAQs, please call The Vitality Big Half helpdesk on 020 7902 0200. The helpdesk is open Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00.