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The Vitality Big Half

Tower Bridge, London

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The Vitality Big Half – London’s most exciting half-marathon – returns for 2020. The event, which starts close to the Tower of London and finishes at the Cutty Sark, was created to celebrate London’s diversity and inspire more people to get active and take up running. More than 11,000 runners of all ages, backgrounds and abilities took part in 2018, and were led from the front by Sir Mo Farah.

The 2019 Vitality Big Half will once again feature: The Little Half, a family-friendly run for all ages and abilities; The Big Relay, which sees teams of four from the host boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich, run The Vitality Big Half in four legs.


13.1 miles

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The 2020 Vitality Big Festival will showcase the very best of London's local communities.

With music on The Vitality Big Stage, lots of great food options, health and wellbeing classes and lots of opportunities to keep active throughout the day, the festival is the perfect place to celebrate with friends and family after your run.

The Little Half offers the perfect opportunity to take part in your first official timed running event.

Starting in Southwark Park at 12:45, the route follows the last 2.4 miles of The Vitality Big Half to the stunning finish by the Cutty Sark in Greenwich.

The event is a great chance to take part with friends and family – entry is FREE to runners under 18 years old and just £5 for all other participants.

The Vitality Big Mile is 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 New Balance Big Relay enables a team of four runners to take on The Vitality Big Half, running 13.1 miles through Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich.

Each participant runs one leg of The Vitality Big Half course from Tower Bridge to Cutty Sark over distances ranging from one mile to 4.7 miles.

The first runner starts with all of The Vitality Big Half runners, with changeover points at the locations listed below:

Leg One: The Start, Tower Bridge to Canary Wharf (3.5 miles) Changeover One: Canary Wharf

Leg Two: Canary Wharf to Narrow Street (1.2 miles) Changeover Two: Narrow Street

Leg Three: Narrow Street to Bermondsey (3.8 miles) Changeover Three: Bermondsey

Leg Four: Bermondsey to The Finish, Cutty Sark (4.6 miles)


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Forever In My Heart

This is the race event that made me fall in love with Long Distance Running; the atmosphere, the crowd, the love and support, the lovely sights of Canary Wharf, Tower Bridge, and the finish at Curry Sark; I ran this as my first ever Half Marathon last year, and now it will be my 4th Half Marathon overall, and my 2nd for this particular event. Good luck for anyone joining me this year (i.e. this time next week!) 😄👍

Zawar Khan / Feb 22, 2020

Great run through central London.

I did this race this year and will be doing it again next year. The race is pretty flat so ideal for a PB. It was a wet and windy day, which meant the festival afterwards was cancelled. But that didn't take away from my enjoyment of the race. My highlights were running thorough the towers of Canary Wharf and running over Tower Bridge. One down side is that the price has gone up to £46.

Nolan Johnson / Aug 17, 2019

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