The City of London Mile took place on Sunday June 19, 2016. Organised by The Running Worksand sponsored by Amba Hotels its a free event to enter. This year was the third edition of this super race around the closed streets and landmarks of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England.
There were many spirited performances on a warm, sunny Sunday morning. The elite athletes took to the streets just after midday and there were two cracking race wins for Australian Luke Matthews (4:03) and British runner Julia Cooke (4:39). Matthews claimed a new course record.
20 year old Luke Matthews claims victory in a new course record.
Julia Cooke strides across the finish line to take the winners tape
The Youth mile was the last event of the day and Joseph Owenstormed round the course in 4:33. A superb time and just demonstrating that there is indeed depth in our ranks for future years.
Joseph Owen winning the Youth Mile
This year there was a slight course change to the route taking it round the Bank of England, thus taking out a stretch just prior to St Paul’s. Based on Matthews winning time I believe the elusive sub four minute mile is truly on, watch out next year.
In exactly two weeks you could be toeing the line in the Amba HotelsCity of London Mile.It’s free to enter, a medal for all finishers, chip timed and on a fast, flat and traffic free course. And thats not all… you get to run past some of London’s most iconic landmarks.
This event really is for everyone whether you are an olympic hopeful or just hopeful. With various waves, general, family, women’s mile, youth mile wheelchair mile, Elite mile there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Its suitable for all ages and abilities. This is London’s most inclusive mile race. Register here
The second edition of the Amba Hotels City of London miles took place on Sunday 14th June organised by Run-Fast. This is a free to enter event with over 5,000 registered runners from elites, clubs athletes, wheelchair athletes and families. Runners took to the streets of London to test themselves against the legendary mile distance.
Most impressive were some of the youngsters running in the Youth Mile or challenging their parents in the Family Mile waves. By the looks of it we have many promising athletes so the future looks good for British Athletics.
After competing in their own mile race many stayed to watch whether the elite men would break the iconic sub 4minute mile. On a course with some turns in the later stages and a slight uphill finish it’s a testing mile. The sub 4 was not on this year even with a quality men’s field New Zealander Julian Matthews took top honours in 4:03:40 edging out Australian Collis Birmingham and Britains Tom Lancashire who took second and third respectively..
The women’s elite field, although not as deep, had quality athletes and winner Alison Leonardhad to battle hard to the line to fend off a strong Jemma Simpson winning in 4:39:23 breaking the course record set last year by Australian Genevieve LaCaze. Simpson had two seconds on Third placed Australian Zoe Buckman.
Try your hand at some speed work in the Amba Hotels – City of London Mile on June 14th. Register for free. Its going to be a top day . See the elite races and then run in one of the general waves or run with your family in the Family wave. Its a fantastic opportunity to run on the fully closed streets of London with St Pauls Cathedral as amazing backdrop.
Checkout the article in Athletics Weekly via the link below.
Amba Hotels are the headline sponsor for the City of London Milethat takes place this Sunday 22nd June 2014 in the heart of the City of London. Starting outside St Paul’s Cathedral it takes in some of the most iconic and historic landmarks our capital city has to offer and includes part of the 2012 London Olympic Marathon course.
The Amba Hotels City of London Mile will also attract some of the world’s best athletes competing in London’s inaugural annual international mile race. This free event is open to everyone: children from schools and clubs across the country, charity fund raisers, business teams and families who all race in their own specific waves.
Run-Fastare the race organisers and under their Sports Management company they represent a number of Elite mens and women athletes. Through their retail outlet they offer performance running equipment.
I will be there covering the action behind the scenes as well as the start and finish lines of this inaugural event. We are expecting to see some super fast times from the elite athletes.
City of London – Start times
1st Wave – City of London Mile
2nd Wave – City of London Mile
3rd Wave – City of London Mile
4th Wave – City of London Mile
5th Wave – City of London Mile
Wheelchair Mile Wave
Family Mile Wave
BMC Men’s B Mile
BMC International Women’s A Mile
BMC International Men’s A Mile
Post Half Cool-down wave
All images are copyright – Ian Campbell – Photography