The Vitality Big Half 2021 will take place on Sunday 22 August. Find out more here
 
 
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The Vitality Big Half 2021

Entries have now closed for The Vitality Big Half 2021.

If you’ve took part in the event, congratulations! It was great to welcome you on Sunday 22 August – and was amazing to see everyone Run As One again.

About The Big Half

The Big Half is a half marathon in London that follows a stunning 13.1-mile closed-road course, starting by Tower Bridge and finishing at Cutty Sark in Greenwich. The 2021 event took place on Sunday 22 August.

Celebrating diversity

London Marathon Events created The Big Half in 2018, in partnership with Sported, because we recognised that many of London’s running events didn’t truly reflect the communities they pass through. We want to change this by bringing Londoners of all backgrounds and abilities together in a celebration of the city’s diversity. 

So while The Big Half features the some of the world’s best athletes – in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair elite fields – and thousands of mass participation runners taking on the same course, it’s much more than a half marathon. It’s a community running festival and everyone is invited!

Fun and inclusive events

On March 1 2020, a record 16,222 participants crossed the Finish Line in the third edition of The Big Half and that’s not to mention all the spectators and local residents who got involved on the day and made it feel so special.

We also support local groups and organisations by offering special £10 community entries as a way of inspiring under-represented communities to take part. We prioritise providing these entries to groups that actively work to include such communities, in particular Black, Asian and ethnically diverse participants – if you’re interested, check out our Community Entries page for more details.

Start times for 2021

The first wave will start at 08:30, with each wave then going off in 10-minute intervals until the last wave at 10:00.

Tower Bridge

The route

The Big Half route goes through the four London boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich. You can download the route map below.

A Vitality Big Half runner with a flag of Grenada

Runner Info for 2021

When to arrive
Your allocated arrival time window was emailed to you with your Event Guide Day on Friday 13 August, so please check your inbox and spam folder.
 
Event Day Guide
Everything you need to know about The Vitality Big Half 2021 can be found in your Event Day Guide. It is essential that you read and understand the version of the guide that matches your bib number, and corresponds with whether you live in the UK or not – the four different types of Event Day Guide are listed below. Please click on the one that describes your circumstances.

2021 Event Day Guides

Race results

Check out our other events

    • The Little Half

      A great opportunity for runners of all ages to take part in their first timed running event

    • The Big Mile

      An inclusive fun run for all the family in Greenwich

    • The New Balance Big Relay

      Teams of four can take on the 13.1-mile route of The Big Half

    • The Little Half

      A great opportunity for runners of all ages to take part in their first timed running event

    • The Big Mile

      An inclusive fun run for all the family in Greenwich

    • The New Balance Big Relay

      Teams of four can take on the 13.1-mile route of The Big Half

    • The Little Half

      A great opportunity for runners of all ages to take part in their first timed running event

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