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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.

Review summary

4.2
3 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

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Jennifer B
"The course is great passing some iconic features and buildings. The London..."

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Jonathan M
"Massive events so lots of happy supporters and things going on around the race...."

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Leigh B
"A very good event for its first year. Well organised..."
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How to enter the The Vitality Big Half

  1. The Big Half

    Run 13.1mi
  2. The Little Half

    Run 2.4mi
  3. The Vitality Big Mile

    Run 1mi

The Vitality Big Half routes

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.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Fully Marshalled Course
  • Bag drop (bags will be transported to the finish)
  • Water Stations
  • Aid Stations
  • Chip Timed Event
Raceday Logistics

Schedule

0900 Half Marathon Begins

1230 Big Mile Begins

1245 Little Half Begins

Following on from the races runners will be able to enjoy The Vitality Big Festival which will showcase the very best of London's communities.

Please note that final instructions with full details of everything you need will be email to those registered ahead of race day.

Spectators

This event is made special by the number of people who turn out to support the runners.

Spectators are advised not to accompany runners to the start line as it will be incredibly busy. Instead you would get a good view of runners around the Surrey Quays section of the race route between miles eight and 11.

Alternatively, Canary Wharf is a great place to see runners for the first time. This area also has plenty of food and drink options to enjoy while you wait.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 https://www.thebighalf.co.uk/event-info/results/
Is the Big Half family-friendly?
Yes, this race is a celebration of community and family.
What time does the half marathon begin?
The half marathon has a mass start at 0900

The Vitality Big Half weather forecast

Possible light rain and windy overnight.

13°C
Predicted highs
1°C
Predicted lows
IconLight breeze possible, up to 10mph

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The London Marathon (currently known through sponsorship as the Virgin Money London Marathon) is a long-distance running event held in London, United Kingdom, part of the World Marathon Majors. The event was first run on 29 March 1981 and has been held in the spring of every year since. Since 2010, the race has been sponsored by Virgin Money.

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The Vitality Big Half reviews (3)

4.2 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • 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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