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Vitality Westminster Mile

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The Vitality Westminster Mile is held on the most iconic mile in the world, starting on The Mall and finishing in front of Buckingham Palace.

Organised by London Marathon Events Limited, in partnership with Westminster City Council, there are categories for all ages and abilities, so everyone can take part.

There are races for: Families, Adult & Vets, Juniors, Elite Athletes

There will be a series of races throughout the day and runners will be seeded according to predicted finish time, so entrants will be running with people of a similar standard.

Review summary

7 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Constantine L
"Unique event - great atmosphere, very family-friendly, and the race only takes..."


Luke T
"Well organised great first fun run experience for our 6 year old and if you..."


Alexandra B
"Never having raced a mile before, I didn’t really know what to expect. This was..."
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Vitality Westminster Mile route

The Vitality Westminster Mile course starts on The Mall and heads towards Admiralty Arch before a right turn into Horse Guards Road following the perimeter of St James’s Park. The course then turns right again into Birdcage Walk. The second half of the race will take you past Welllington Barracks before the final right turn into Spur Road and the Finish Line in front of Buckingham Palace.

Event Details

Raceday Logistics

Wave start times for the 2019 Vitality Westminster Mile will be available in the weeks leading up to the event.

The assembly area in Green Park will have toilets and Buxton Natural Mineral Water available to runners. Our team at the information point will be able to help with any questions. Please ensure that you listen to the PA system for important information on when you should assemble for the start of your race. Our marshals in this area will also be on hand to assist you.


The course

The race course is ideal for spectators. It loops around the world-famous St James’s Park in central London and features plenty of great vantage points so encourage any friends and family who aren’t joining you for the run to come along to show their support.

Getting there

We do not recommend driving; many roads will be closed from 08:00 due to the event, and parking in the area will be difficult.

Vitality Wellness Festival

The Vitality Wellness Festival – which is completely free – will feature plenty of family-friendly activities including coaching sessions in a range of sports, the chance to have a go on the giant Tumbleator and taster classes in lots of different activities from boxing to yoga, with loads of spot prizes on offer too. The Park is a great place for a picnic and there will also be plenty of healthy food on sale.


Q. When will I receive my race pack?

A. Race packs will be sent via Royal Mail post two weeks prior to Race Day. A link to a PDF of the Final Instructions for the event will also be emailed to participants.

Q. What will be included in my race pack?

A. Your race pack will include your running number, IPICO Sports tag, baggage bag, safety pins and wire twist ties.

Q. What happens if I do not receive my pack in the post before Race Day?

A. If you have not received your race pack in the post two weeks prior to Race Day please contact the helpdesk on 020 7902 0200 who will be able to issue you with a new pack. If you are unable to contact the helpdesk more than a week before the race, we will not be able to post a new pack to you. In this instance you will need to collect a race pack on the morning of the race from the Information Tent in Green Park.

Q. What time does the race start?

A. Runners will set off in waves from 09:30 on Race Day. Please see our Runner Info page for full details of start waves and information on the British Athletics Senior and Junior Championships.

Q. What time do I need to get to the start area?

A. Please aim to arrive no less than 30 minutes before your start time.

Q. What are the nearest stations to the start?

A. The assembly area for the Vitality Westminster Mile is in Green Park. The nearest Tube stations are Green Park and Hyde Park Corner. Piccadilly Circus, St James’s Park, Charing Cross and Victoria are also within walking distance.

Q. Where can I park near the start/finish area?

A. We do not recommend driving as parking in the area will be difficult. Public transport is the best option, but do check for any possible weekend engineering works before you travel at

Q. How will I find my start wave?

A. Confirmation of your start wave will be included in your race pack, which will be sent out two weeks prior to Race Day.

Q. Are there drinks available on the course, and where?

A. Drinks are NOT available on the course. However, there will be Buxton Natural Mineral Water available to runners in the assembly area in Green Park.

Q. Are there toilets along the course, and where?

A. There are no toilets along the course. However, there will be toilets available to runners in the assembly area in Green Park. Please make use of these before making your way to the Start Line.

Q. Where is the finish area?

A. The race Finish Line is on Spur Road, facing Buckingham Palace.

Q. How can I meet up with friends/relatives after the race?

A. You will be directed back to the assembly area in Green Park by the Finish area marshals. Please arrange to meet your friends and/or relatives at a pre-designated point in this area after the race.



Vitality Westminster Mile reviews (7)

5 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the 1 Mile in 2019

    Well organised great first fun run experience for our 6 year old and if you lucky you made it onto the BBC red button
  • Did the 1 Mile in 2019

    This was my second year running it with my son, who is 11. The activities in the park are great, the atmosphere and route are excellent. We even had Mo and the mascots race in our wave, and it was lots of fun. So good seeing so many people with their kids running it. Highly recommended:)
  • Did the 1 Mile in 2019

    Never having raced a mile before, I didn’t really know what to expect. This was well organised, and even though I was in the 22nd wave, it was running exactly to schedule! Route was very central and easy to follow, with helpful distance markers even on such a short run. Medal at the end gorgeous, and my official time was text to me practically as I crossed the line!
  • Did the 1 Mile in 2019

    Fantastic event for the family with great organisation throughout the day and loads of stuff to keep everyone entertained. We were in wave 19 of 36 and everything ran on time, from bag drop to start time. All very efficient and a fantastic atmosphere. Only £8 per adult and kids are free. Am sure we will be back again
  • Did the 1 Mile in 2017

    Unique event - great atmosphere, very family-friendly, and the race only takes a few minutes! Worth hanging around afterwards as there are lots of food stalls and when the sun is shining the Mall / Green Park are great places to be!
  • Did the 1 Mile in 2014

    One of the best races I've ever done. Atmosphere is electric and the whole event feels very professional.
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