Unfortunately, The Vitality 10,000 due to take place on 31st May 2021 has been postponed. We’ll be updating our website with details as soon as we hear from the organisers. Keep an eye on our social media for updates. If you’d like to take part ‘virtually’ email Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This year’s Vitality London 10,000 will take place on Bank Holiday Monday 31st May 2021, offering runners of all abilities the opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie and excitement of a mass participation event in a safe, socially distanced way.
There will be social distancing measures in place to ensure you have a safe and comfortable race. Because of this, the details below are subject to change for the 2021 event – please check back later for more information and keep an eye on our social media channels for further updates.
The Vitality London 10,000 starts at 10:00 on Race Day (subject to change).
The Vitality London 10,000 Final Instructions will be emailed to all participants ahead of Race Day.
The Final Instructions contain all the information you need to have an enjoyable day. Please make sure you have read and understood what you have to do between receiving your email and Race Day.
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Race Packs are sent in the post to all runners who live in the UK.
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The Vitality London 10,000 starts and finishes in St James’s Park and uses Green Park as its assembly area.
The race starts on The Mall and finishes on Spur Road opposite Buckingham Palace. Runners follow a clockwise route around the City of Westminster and the City of London. The course passes many of London’s famous sights including Admiralty Arch, 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.
Each kilometre will be clearly marked, and a timing mat at the halfway point will take your 5km split time.
Fluid lost in sweat must be replaced otherwise your body becomes dehydrated. Drinking too little can cause problems but drinking too much can be very dangerous too and lead to hyponatraemia (water intoxication), fits and even death. Drink when you feel the need and do not gulp large volumes of fluids before, during or after the race.
Buxton Water is provided in The Green Park and there are water stations at 3km, providing water in compostable cups, and at 6.5km, providing bottles of Buxton Water. If it’s warm on Race Day, remember to #DrinkDouseDrainDrop your bottle during the race. That means take a drink, douse your head if you’re feeling hot, and then drain the rest of your bottle before dropping it safely on the ground where it will be collected for recycling.
Your running number
Pin your number to the front of your T-shirt or running vest using the safety pins provided in your pack. Your running number has a coloured background with a zone letter. This indicates your zone at the start. Spare pins will be available at the information point in Green Park on the day.
You must not use someone else’s number, nor let someone else use yours. Imagine the anxiety caused to either set of relatives and friends in the event of misidentification should there be a medical emergency.
IPICO Sports Tag timing device
Your tag is enclosed with your event pack. It must be fixed to your running shoes using the provided wire twist ties. If you need additional instructions, or wire twist ties to fix the IPICO Sports Tag, these can be collected from our information point in Green Park on Race Day.
The tag contains a passive transponder and this will be used to provide your finishing time. If you do not wear your tag then the system will not record you finishing and therefore we will not be able to provide you with a finishing time. Official results will be based on the elapsed time taken by each runner between crossing the mats at the Start Line and the Finish Line. When you cross the Finish Line, we have teams of helpers to remove the tag from your shoe – you do not need to do anything apart from follow the marshals’ instructions. Please do not fix the tag through your shoelaces; if you do we will have to cut your laces to get the tag back!
Before leaving home
Make sure you have the following: running number and safety pins, IPICO Sports Tag and wire twist ties to fix it to your shoe (better still, attach it to your shoe before you leave home for the race), your kitbag and baggage label with your unique baggage number printed on, and access to your Final Instructions.
If you lose any of these items before the day they can be replaced – you should come to the information point as soon as you arrive. There is a £10 charge to replace a lost IPICO Sports Tag, which will be payable on the day by cash, cheque or credit card before a new tag is issued.
Deciding not to run
Please remember that it is very foolish to run in the event if you have had any sort of virus or fever in the last four weeks. It is equally foolish to run with an injury – in these circumstances, please DO NOT RUN.
If you decide not to run for any reason, you must return your IPICO Sports Tag. Please use the special freepost envelope enclosed with this pack. It is a condition of the event that all tags that are not returned within 21 days of the event are subject to a £10 lost-tag charge.
The assembly area is in Green Park. The nearest Tube stations are Green Park and Hyde Park Corner. Piccadilly Circus, St James’s Park, Charing Cross and Victoria are also within walking distance of the assembly area.
Please do not drive to the event; many roads will be closed from 08:00 and parking in the area will be difficult.
Public transport is the best option, but check for any engineering works at www.tfl.gov.uk.
There will be a secure runners-only area in the assembly area of Green Park where you will be able to leave your belongings. These should be put inside your kitbag with the baggage label attached. Pull the drawstring and tie it to prevent items falling out. Find the marquee with the number range that includes your the letter range displayed on your baggage wristbad and hand in your bag to one of the volunteers. We will only accept the kitbag with the label attached; other bags won’t be accepted.
You will not be able to retrieve your belongings until after the race, so make sure you have everything you need with you before handing in your bag. If the weather is cool we suggest you wear old clothing or a bin liner to stay warm before the race starts.
The assembly area will have toilet facilities available to runners. Our team at the information point will be able to help with any questions and there is also a First Aid point. Listen to the PA, which will give important information on when you should assemble for the start. Our marshals in this area will also be on hand to assist you.
The Royal Parks have warned us that there is a particularly high pollen count from the plane trees in Green Park this year. Please plan ahead if you think this may affect you.
The race will start in waves. Runners start on The Mall, by kind permission of The Royal Parks, and finish in front of Buckingham Palace.
Our marshals will direct you to the start zones according to your running number. Line up in the start zone that matches your letter and colour at the appropriate time. Remember that your timing device on your shoe will give you an accurate time regardless of which wave you are in.
There are three First Aid points on the route – at 3km, 5km and 9km. There is also a full medical team at the finish.
The race Finish Line is on Spur Road, in front of Buckingham Palace. Once across the line you will be directed to low ramps where your IPICO Sports Tag will be removed from your shoe. You will then receive a goody bag containing your medal and sized finisher T-shirt before being directed back to the Green Park assembly area to retrieve your belongings. Outside the secure area, but still within Green Park, is the meet and greet area and this is the recommended place to meet friends and relatives. A-Z signs demarcate the area so remember to agree a letter in advance where you intend to meet.
Searchable results for the Vitality London 10,000 and previous editions of the event are available on our Race Results page.
We want every runner to be able to complete the Vitality London 10,000. However, we are tasked to reopen the roads by 14:00.
In order for the roads to be cleared ready for reopening, all participants must meet the two course cut-off times. Race marshals will be present to advise participants when the cut-off times are approaching and ask them to move onto the pavement if required. Runners must reach the 5km point by 12:15, and the Finish Line will be in place and able to give you an official finish time until 13:20.
The Royal Parks
The Royal Parks has kindly allowed us to use Green Park. We are grateful to The Royal Parks for their assistance and would ask that you show your appreciation by treating the area with the respect it deserves and not littering the park and surrounding areas.
About St James’s Park
Every year millions of Londoners and tourists visit St James’s Park, the oldest of the capital’s eight Royal Parks. The park includes The Mall and Horse Guards Parade and is at the heart of ceremonial London, providing the setting for spectacular pageants including the annual Trooping the Colour.
About The Green Park
The Green Park is the smallest of the capital’s eight Royal Parks. Comprising just over 40 acres of mature trees and grassland next to Buckingham Palace, the peaceful triangle between Piccadilly and Constitution Hill offers a popular location for picnics and sunbathing in fine weather.
The Royal Parks are: Bushy Park, The Green Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, The Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, Richmond Park and St James’s Park. The Royal Parks also manage Victoria Tower Gardens, Brompton Cemetery, Grosvenor Square Gardens and the gardens of 10, 11 and 12 Downing Street.
For further information please visit: www.royalparks.org.uk