History of the London 10,000

The Vitality London 10,000 takes place in the heart of the capital where more than 12,000 runners set off from the start on the Mall and head down the Strand towards the City, before looping back past the Houses of Parliament to finish outside Buckingham Palace.

There are always amazing crowds to support you along the route and once you’ve finished you can head to Green Park for the free Vitality Wellness Festival which features lots of child and adult-friendly activities, brilliant giveaways and practical tips on how to stay fit and healthy.

Founded in 2008, the London 10,000 has grown each year and is now known as one of the best, and most popular, road races around.

The inaugural race saw 6,103 finishers, a figure that increased in each of the next six editions and had almost doubled by the time 12,133 runners crossed the Finish Line in 2014.

Lasse Viren, the Olympic legend who won gold medals at both 5000m and 10000m in 1972 and 1976 set the runners on their way in the first race, which took place on a course designed with the 2012 Olympic marathon in mind. Kenya’s Micah Kogo triumphed in a field including Mo Farah and marathon legend Martin Lel, while Irina Mikitenko won the first women’s race.

Farah would be back the following year and proceeded to dominate the event, winning five times in a row, including setting a course, and British, record of 27:44 in 2010. That same year, Mary Keitany, who would go on to win two London Marathons, set the women’s course record of 31:06.

Since then Britons have dominated the race, with the likes of Jo Pavey, Mara Yamauchi and Andy Vernon all tasting success on the course, with Andrew Butchart winning back-to-back races in 2016 and 2017.

Farah would return in 2018 to take the victory – his sixth in the history of the event – while Steph Twell was the winner in the elite women's race.

The event is organised by the team that brings you the Virgin Money London Marathon so you couldn’t be in better hands.

Total finishers:

2018 – 14,475

2017 – 12,401

2016 – 12,089

2015 – 11,988

2014 – 12,133

2013 – 10,614

2012 – 10,512

2011 – 9,805

2010 – 8,625

2009 – 8,365

2008 – 6,103