Course record holder Sir Mo Farah returning to the Vitality London 10,000
Sir Mo Farah has confirmed he will run the 2018 Vitality London 10,000 on Monday 28 May – ensuring a swift return to the capital’s roads after the Virgin Money London Marathon next month.
The multiple Olympic and world champion makes his first return to the Vitality London 10,000 since 2013 on what will be the 10th anniversary of the capital’s most iconic race which starts on The Mall and finishes in front of Buckingham Palace.
Farah is the event record holder for a route that also passes iconic London landmarks such as 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.
The 35-year-old has run the event of five occasions, winning in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013 and finishing runner-up in the first edition of the race in 2008.
His course record of 27 minutes and 44 seconds was set in 2010 when he beat the Kenyan Micah Kogo by five seconds and is also Farah’s personal best over 10km on the road.
Farah said: “It has been a while since I last raced the Vitality London 10,000 and I’m looking forward to returning again this year. I have got many happy memories of the race and of the course which is a spectacular one and one that I’ve been able to run fast on in the past.
“The race has always been a preparation for the track season in the past while this year I will have run the Virgin Money London Marathon just five weeks before so it will be a bit different but I am looking forward to it. As I always say, running in my home town is always special.”
The Vitality London 10,000 also incorporates the British Athletics 10km Championships for men and women. Further details of the entrants for both the male and female races will be made shortly.
The event forms the second part of a packed weekend of road running around central London which will start on Sunday morning (27 May) with the fifth edition of the Vitality Westminster Mile, a series of races around St James’s Park for runners of all ages and abilities, from elites to families with young children.