The Westminster Mile launched

Thousands of runners are set to take to the streets of London this summer to race the Bupa Westminster Mile.

The event that officially launched today will be held as a series of 50 one-mile races in the historic capital on Sunday 26 May. Backed by Paralympic hero David Weir (pictured opposite) and British 400m record holder Iwan Thomas, the race aims to continue the legacy of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and encourage participants of all ages and abilities to get involved in the world of sport.

David Weir said: “To deliver a real legacy, Paralympic sport needs high-profile inclusive events like this which can inspire more people to get involved in sport.  

“The beauty of the Bupa Westminster Mile is it’s a one-mile road race, making it accessible to everyone of all ages and abilities.”  

Westminster City Council is working alongside Bupa and London Marathon Limited to put on the event and it is expected to become an annual sporting fixture. The route will take runners along the Mall, before racing around the picturesque St James’s Park and finishing outside the landmark that is Buckingham Palace.

The event includes more than 20 different categories of race, from junior groups for those as young as nine, to wheelchair-only races and elite categories. The aim is for everyone to get involved and more than 5,000 entrants are anticipated.

Entry for the event is now open. For more info and to sign up visit the website: www.bupawestminstermile.co.uk.