London Marathon Events (LME) has announced the return of mass participation in-person events after more than a year of virtual races.
The Vitality London 10,000 and Vitality Mile will take place at Hertfordshire’s Hatfield Park on Sunday, July 11, while the Standard Chartered Great City Race will be held in London on Tuesday, July 20, the city’s first mass participation running event since the pandemic began.
The announcement of the Hatfield Park and London events suggest the future looks strong for the Vitality Big Half and Virgin Money London Marathon events on Sunday, August 22 and Sunday, October 3.
Hugh Brasher, Event Director of LME, said: ‘These events in Hatfield Park and on the streets of London are a hugely significant moment and a cause for great celebration. All the research has shown that there is negligible chance of getting Covid-19 outdoors and the whole industry has worked together to bring back parkrun and events safely.
‘It seems a lifetime ago since we delivered our mass participation running events. We’ve all missed the buzz, thrill and energy that these events provide and seeing people running together, inspiring each other.'
He added: 'We look forward to welcoming everyone to Hatfield Park and the streets of London – it's wonderful to be back and thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make this possible.’
In May LME organised the Reunion 5K, a pilot event providing data for the government’s Events Research Programme, which examines how mass-participation events can return safely. Similarly to the Vitality London 10,000 event in July, runners were offered the choice of a socially distanced race or mass start.
Entries for the Vitality London 10,000 and Vitality Mile are open now until 5pm until Monday, July 5, while running teams of at least four have until 16.00 on Wednesday, July 14 to register for the Standard Chartered Great City Race.
Entry to the event, which is open to runners of all abilities aged 15 and over, costs £39 with a £2 discount for British Athletics registered running club members. Also taking place on the day is the Vitality Mile, a series of family friendly one-mile races through leafy Hatfield Park.
The Standard Chartered Great City Race costs £30 to enter, or £15 for those entering the virtual event. Finishers of either event will receive a souvenir medal and New Balance technical shirt worth £35.
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