Vitality London 10,000 | 28 May 2018

Race date 28th May 2018

Race report by Jude Stone

 

The Vitality London 10,000 takes place in the heart of the capital with a field of more than 14,000 runners.

Logistically, it’s a huge event but more dominating than the branding and metal fencing was the heat of the sun. It was 21o but felt like 24o which left runners swerving for the shade as we traced away past London’s big landmarks.

The race begins on The Mall, goes through Admiralty Arch and passes Nelson’s Column, St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, the Bank of England, the Old Bailey, Somerset House, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey before the finish line in front of Buckingham Palace.

Two Sheffielders, Seb Coe and Jessica Ennis-Hill started the race. Mo Farah was the man to beat, but nobody did – he won the race in 39:44. In fact, one strider was seen being overtaken by a telly tubby!

It was a great experience to run past so many landmarks and finish outside Buckingham Palace. It was a shame the Queen wasn’t there to wave us across the line. All was redeemed as the Italian restaurant around the corner offered free pizza when you presented your medal. A really well-organised race, but quite a long wait from crossing the finish line to having water – especially in the heat.

First Man was KING Mo Farah 29:44 and the first lady Steph Twell 32:34.

full result HERE

P Name # Time
1850 Jude Stone (GBR) 2365 00:45:03
3631 Dave Threlfall (GBR) 5230 00:50:21
9660 Helen Cotton (GBR) 15091 01:03:52
10472 Jen Jennings (GBR) 14498 01:06:05