A copy of the Vitality London 10,000 Final Instructions magazine will be mailed out to all runners. This magazine contains all the information you need to have a trouble-free Race Day on Monday 29 May. Please keep it safe and make sure you have read and understood what you have to do between receiving the magazine and Race Day.
The 2017 Vitality London 10,000 starts with the elite wheelchair race at 09:55, before the mass race begins at 10:00 on Monday 29 May. Runners are advised to arrive at least an hour before the race start time in order to get their bearings, find the baggage tents and find out any last-minute details about the course.
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. A timing mat at the halfway point will take your 5km split time. There are water stations at 3km and 6.5km. Toilets will be placed close to 3km, 5km and 7km for runners’ use.
Download a map of the Vitality London 10,000 course below.
British 10K Championships
The race also features the British 10K Championships Men and Women. Prize money is as shown below. Any British athletes who have run 10km faster than 32 minutes (men) and 38 minutes (Women) in the last two years were offered a complimentary entry. Please contact Elaine Rayner: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Prize Money British Athletics Individual
Prize Money British Athletics Team (3 to score)
Individual prize money is only available to runners who are eligible to represent Great Britain in international competition.
Team results and prize money will be based on the results of runners who are eligible to represent Great Britain and who have adhered to British Athletics rules regarding club vests.
This position has been agreed by the London Marathon and British Athletics to enhance the development of UK runners.
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 Final Instructions magazine. 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 running number printed on, and your Final Instructions magazine!
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. Marshals will be at the exits from stations and on the routes to the assembly area.
We do not recommend driving; many roads will be closed from 08:00 due to the event, and parking in the area will be difficult. More details on road closures relating to the 2017 event will be available closer to Race Day.
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 (showing your running number) attached. Pull the drawstring and tie it to prevent items falling out. Find the marquee with the number range that includes your running number 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 and Buxton Natural Mineral Water 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.
In 2016, the finish was 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.
We are only able to keep the road closures in place for a limited amount of time. In order for the roads to be cleared ready for reopening, any participants still on the route after 11:30 will be directed onto the pavement to complete the race. Please follow the instructions of marshals. Our Finish Line will still be in place and able to give you an official finish time until 12:30.
Searchable results for the Vitality London 10,000 will be available on our Race Results page after the race has finished.
The Royal Parks
The Royal Parks Agency has kindly allowed us to use Green Park. We are grateful to The Royal Parks Agency 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