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The Vitality Big Half

The Vitality Big Half

London

A100, London, E1W 1, United Kingdom

Sun 22nd August 2021

3 races

£16.00 - £46.00

COVID-19 INFORMATION

As the national vaccination programme continues to roll out at pace, and with most Covid restrictions lifted in England, we are confident of providing a safe and secure event on Sunday 22 August and hope to see you on the Start Line very soon!

C-19 PLAN
London Marathon Events has provided covid-19 safety information for this event.

Organiser's Description

We're inviting you to run, jog or walk 13.1 miles on a stunning closed-road course starting near Tower Bridge and finishing in Greenwich. Places are limited so don't miss out – enter today!

Each year, the event brings together people from all backgrounds to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits of running. After what has been a challenging time for many of us, we'd love you to be a part of The Vitality Big Half 2021.

The Vitality Big Half takes place six weeks before this year's Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 3 October, making it perfect preparation if you're training for an autumn marathon! The deadline for entries is Sunday 8th August!

The New Balance Big Relay is a great way to take on The Vitality Big Half as a team of family members, friends or work colleagues. It takes place on Sunday August 22 on the same stunning central London course as The Vitality Big Half, from Tower Bridge to Cutty Sark, just split into four legs – so you’ll be able to soak up the fun and exciting atmosphere of the mass participation event without having to go the full distance! Entries close on Monday 16th August.

Races

  • The Vitality Big Half: General Entry

    Minimum Age: 17 Years Old

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    £46.00 CLOSED
  • The Vitality Big Half: Local Resident Entry
    £36.00 CLOSED
  • The New Balance Big Relay

    Just £16 Per Team of Four!

    £16.00 CLOSED

Book

  • The Vitality Big Half: General Entry

    Minimum Age: 17 Years Old

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    £46.00 CLOSED
  • The Vitality Big Half: Local Resident Entry
    £36.00 CLOSED
  • The New Balance Big Relay

    Just £16 Per Team of Four!

    £16.00 CLOSED

What's Included

Your running number will be sent to you in advance along with all the info you need to have a great experience at The Vitality Big Half.

  • Finisher Medal
  • New Balance Technical T-Shirt

FAQs

  • WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE FOR THE VITALITY BIG HALF?

    Runners in The Vitality Big Half must be 17 on Race Day. Younger runners will be eligible to participate in The New Balance Big Relay and The Vitality Big Mile.

  • I HAVE MOVED. HOW DO I LET YOU KNOW MY CHANGE OF ADDRESS?

    Please email changeofaddress@londonmarathonevents.co.uk with your full name, date of birth and confirmation of what details are changing. Our Helpdesk team will then confirm once the change has been made.

  • I AM A VISUALLY IMPAIRED RUNNER. WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT RUNNING WITH A GUIDE?

    If you are a runner with a visual impairment and would like to find out more about running with a guide, please contact disability@londonmarathonevents.co.uk

  • HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT TO DO ON THE DAY OF THE VITALITY BIG HALF?

    Final Instructions, with full details of everything you need to know, will be emailed to you ahead of Event Day. This will include information about getting to the start and final preparations, as well as important guidance on the social distancing measures that will be in place.

  • WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE FOR THE NEW BALANCE BIG RELAY?

    Runners in The New Balance Big Relay must be 15 on Race Day. Younger runners will be eligible to participate in The Vitality Big Mile.

  • WHEN DO ENTRIES CLOSE?

    The Big Half entry deadline is Sunday 8th August. The New Balance Big Relay entry deadline is Monday 16th August.

The Course

The Vitality 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 course goes through the four London boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich.

You can download the route map below, but please note that some details are subject to change for 2021.

View the route

Runner Info

Information for participants in The Vitality Big Half – including final instructions for runners, how to get to the Start and what to do after you've finished the race – will be available in the build-up to Event Day.

The New Balance Relay

A New Balance Big Relay team consists of four runners who must be at least 15 years old on Event Day. It costs £16 to enter a relay team.

The relay leg distances are:

Relay leg 1: 3.5 miles
Relay leg 2: 1 mile
Relay leg 3: 3.9 miles
Relay leg 4: 4.7 miles​

  • Please note these distances may be subject to slight change

3.3 · 5 Reviews

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Paula

·a year ago

Big Half 2020. I really like this race although I shouldn't because it does involve running across some cobbles. I like the route, lots to look at, great crowd support and running over Tower Bridge is something special. Great organisation. Yes, there was an issue this year causing delay to baggage collection but it hasn't happened in the previous 2 races and unlikely to happen again. Plus, the medal is fabulous. Many don't like it but it stands out on your medal rack to make you proud of the achievement!
Lauren

·a year ago

Great route - shame about the queues. Loved the route for this half. The atmosphere was amazing throughout and I enjoyed the run thoroughly. However, the bag dropped closed an hour before the start time. This meant standing in the freezing cold pen for an hour before the race. Queueing was a common theme for this race. As soon as the race finished I queued to another 45 minutes to simple cross the road to try and retrieve my bag. It was compulsory to go to the event village, even if you didn’t want to - this added even more tine if you were trying to get home quickly. Then getting to the station and queuing to cross the raps and get in took another hour or more. Overall the race experience was great but ruined by the lack of organisation after
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Zawar

·a year ago

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!) 😄👍
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Nolan

·2 years ago

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.
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Cheryle

·2 years ago

Wont do it again. This was my first half marathon and it definately let me down. Although the weather had a major impact I felt things were unorganized and there was absolutely no after care. Just get your bag and get out. The meet and greet area was closed due to weather and there were no directions as to where to find my partner so it took me 45 minutes to find him. There was no place to change after the race which was really poor. No warm up or build up besides some music which was too far away from pen G to even hear. For a run that was advertised as community I felt as though those of us starting last were very much an afterthought. I run intervals so walk/run. In the first mile the marshals were heard making flippant comments about "people not being able to even run a mile". How inappropriate and disheartening for those who run in the "Jeffing" style. Im very disappointed.

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