Some of the world’s top mile runners will descend on the City of London this weekend for the inaugural Amba Hotels City of London Mile.
The men’s elite field will feature nine sub-4 minute runners, headed by Ryan Gregson, the Australian 1500m record holder who has a 3:52.24 best and has clocked 3:53 already in 2014.
The best of the Brits on show will probably be 3:53 man Tom Lancashire although he will be run close by evergreen Tony Whiteman, the V40 mile world record holder and former 3.50 miler.
The City of London Mile takes place on 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 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. And what’s more entry is completely free!
Races start at 10am with the first wave and finish at 12.25.
Commenting on the event, race director Tom Snow said: “The mile is a new concept. It’s about engaging people with the mile distance. It’s been an exciting adventure for Runfast as organisers of the event. What do we want people to take from it? That the mile is a fun event and that it can improve your running performances over other distances too.”
For more details on the race, visit www.cityoflondonmile.co.uk
THINK YOU CAN RUN A MILE
Here are some hints and tips
1) Do a proper warm up. You need to be race-ready from the off.
2) Don’t go off too fast. It will feel like a sprint – hold yourself back
3) Pace your effort. If you still feel comfortable at half-way, it’s time to step up. You don’t want to finish the race knowing you could have run faster.
4) Don’t get carried away by others; run your own race.
5) Aim to run your mile up to a minute quicker than your 10K race pace.
6) Enjoy it! It will hurt but it’s a good hurt!