The Vitality Big Half

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Join thousands of other runners in this spectacular half marathon event through the heart of London. Great for novices and experienced runners alike, the course winds its way through the capital from Tower Bridge to the Cutty Sark. Come for the finisher's medal or to celebrate London's diversity.
The Little Half, The Vitality Big Mile, and The Big Half
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Sun 22nd Aug 2021
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London, United Kingdom
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Where and when
1 Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2AA, UK
Start times
The Big Half:
9:00am |
The Little Half:
12:45pm |
The Vitality Big Mile:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for The Vitality Big Half
The Vitality Big Mile
The Little Half
The Big Half
Route information
The Vitality Big Half
The course starts by in the shadows of Tower Bridge. From here, runners will head to Canary Wharf, then come back along the Highway to cross Tower Bridge into the borough of Southwark as they head towards the finish at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich.
The Little Half
This is a 2.4 mile route which finishes by the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. The course terrain is will be closed roads and pathways and entry is free to runners under 18 years old.
The Big Mile
This is a family friendly event around Greenwich Park. Ideal for novices, walkers, families with children or indeed anyone looking to get healthy.
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What's included
  • Fully Marshalled Course
  • Bag drop (bags will be transported to the finish)
  • Water Stations
  • Aid Stations
  • Chip Timed Event
How to get there
1 Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2AA, UK
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Runners are asked to use public transport to reach the start area. There will be no parking available and some roads will be closed for the event.
The closest stations are Fenchurch Street and Tower Hill (District Line & Dockland Light Railway).
Event day logistics
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The team behind the Virgin Money London Marathon also organises a whole host of other great events including Prudential RideLondon, The Vitality London 10,000 & Westminster Mile, Children with Cancer UK Swim Serpentine and our newest event, The Vitality Big Half.
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Spectator Info
Due to the changing nature of the situation, whether or not spectators will be able to attend is unsure at this time.
More information will be available closer to the event date.
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 e-mailed to you ahead of race day. This will include information about getting to the start and final preparations.
What do I need to bring to the Big Half?
There is a baggage drop at the start so bring as little or as much as you want. Your bag will then be transported to the finish line.
Where can I find results for the Big Half?
You can find the results of your race through clicking on the following link
Is the Big Half family-friendly?
Yes, this race is a celebration of community and family.
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 Big Relay and The Little Half.
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 [email protected]
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Did the The Big Half in 2020
Massive events so lots of happy supporters and things going on around the race. Really smooth organisation, no problems at all despite the huge amount of people. Nice a flat course, so perfect for an amazing time!
Did the The Big Half in 2020
The course is great passing some iconic features and buildings. The London crowd are absolutely brilliant, really worth doing just for that. The big-big let downs were the start and finish. The start was marred by being kept in start pens for over an hour, not good when temperatures are struggling to get above 5c, and the finish was the worst of any event I have ever run in. You are channelled, penned, into being part of a slow moving snake that leaves the cut Sark finish line, winds it's way through Greenwich, slowly picking up medal, tee shirt, bags, recovery stuff on the way. It took almost as long to complete the finish pen as it it did to run the race itself! Never again.
Did the The Big Half in 2018
A very good event for its first year. Well organised
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