Sir Mo Farah returns to the 2019 Vitality Big Half
10 January 2019, 9:30 a.m.
Four time Olympic gold medallist and six time world champion Sir Mo Farah will return to the streets of London to defend his title at The Vitality Big Half on Sunday 10 March 2019.
The 35 year old Londoner won the first ever The Vitality Big Half in 2018, crossing the line in 61 minutes 40 seconds to beat Kenya’s Daniel Wanjiru, who finished three seconds behind.
Farah, Britain’s most decorated track and field athlete, became the fastest marathon runner in British history with a third-place finish at the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon.
In October, Farah recorded his first marathon victory, winning the Bank of America Chicago Marathon with a new European record of 2:05:11 and Farah will be back in the capital for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon on 28 April.
Farah said: “The Vitality Big Half is a fantastic event and I’m really looking forward to returning this year. The crowds were amazing last time. I’m feeling stronger than ever and this race is all part of my preparation for the big one in April.
“The Vitality Big Half is doing a great job of encouraging more people to get into running. This half marathon is unique in that Londoners from all communities and backgrounds come together to get involved.
“Running is great for your physical and mental health. It’s kept me driven and has taken me from strength to strength. I would encourage everyone to get into running, be it a few miles at your local park or training for an event like this.”
Farah is the first athlete to be announced for the 2019 The Vitality Big Half elite men’s race.
Launched in 2018, The Vitality Big Half saw more than 11,000 runners take part in its first year, despite the Beast from the East and days of snow leading up to the race.
The half marathon race starts near Tower Bridge and finishes by the iconic Cutty Sark in Greenwich.
The Vitality Big Half is a community running festival for everyone, no matter age, background or running ability. This is a world-class running event that supports and encourages first-time runners to take part, with distances for all ages and abilities.
Up to 15,000 people are expected to participate in this year’s events including:
- The Vitality Big Half: London's community half marathon starts at 09:00 by Tower Bridge and finishes at Cutty Sark, passing through the boroughs of Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Greenwich.
- The Little Half: A 2.4-mile run which finishes at Cutty Sark and offers the perfect opportunity to take part in your first official timed event.
- The Vitality Big Mile: A free, fun, family-friendly mass-participation event taking place around Greenwich Park. This is the perfect event for first-time runners or walkers, families with children of all ages and anyone looking to get more healthy and active.
- The Vitality Big Festival: Celebrate all that London has to offer at The Vitality Big Festival in Greenwich Park. Join friends and family at this free festival and enjoy some of London’s best food, music, sport and entertainment.