Join us for London’s iconic 10k race
Take part in the Vitality London 10,000 and help us to save and change the lives of sick and disabled babies and children. Starting on the Mall, this fantastic 10k route takes in some of London’s most famous sights including; Wesminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Nelson’s Column. It’s the best bits from the London Marathon route, but much shorter!
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race day and route
The race starts on The Mall and finishes on Spur Road opposite Buckingham Palace. Runners follow a clockwise route around the City of Westminster and the City of London. The course passes many of London’s famous sights including Admiralty Arch, Nelson’s Column, St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, the Bank of England, the Old Bailey, Somerset House, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.
There are water stations at 3km, providing water in compostable cups, and at 6.5km, in bottles. Given the time of year it could be quite warm, so remember to take a drink, douse your head if you’re feeling hot, and then drain the rest of your bottle before dropping it safely on the ground where it will be collected for recycling.
To get the most accurate time for your big achievement you'll be provided with a chip timing tag, which is to be fixed to your running shoes. No faffing around with your sports watch or phone as you cross the line, the tag does it all for you as a passive transponder contained within it provides your finishing time as you cross special mats at the start and finish lines. So, not tag, no time!
There will be a secure, pre-race, runners-only area in the assembly area of Green Park where you will be able to leave your belongings using a kitbag provided by the organisers. The assembly area has plenty of loos, and a PA system will call runners forward to the start line when it's time for your wave to go.
The race finish line couldn't be in a more iconic place, situated on Spur Road, right in front of Buckingham Palace. Over the line, selfie taken, you'll hand back your chip timing tag before receiving your goody bag with finishers T-shirt and the all-important medal, to be treasured forever.
From here it's a short back to the Green Park assembly area to pick up your stuff and celebrate with friends and family in the meet and greet zone. All of this and you're finished by lunchtime, with the afternoon free to spend in the capital.
why run for action
Join Team Action and you'll get:
- An Action branded running vest
- Top training tips and advice
- Access to an online community of fellow runners
- Fundraising support, resources and materials
- A direct line to the event manager at Action
- Regular supporter newsletters, emails and calls
run for a reason
Run for children like Luka
Baby Luka was born very prematurely at just 30 weeks. He contracted the serious bowel disease NEC but thankfully he survived after emergency surgery and is now a healthy one-year-old. Action has funded a wide range of studies into premature birth and NEC, by running the London 10k for Action you'll be joining our fight to help stop babies being born too soon.
- Finishers t-shirt
- Goody bag
- Chip timing
- Iconic landmarks
- Closed roads
- Fast route
frequently asked questions
What time does the race start?
The Vitality London 10,000 will start at 10:00. Runners are advised to arrive at least an hour before the race start time in order to get their bearings, find the baggage tents, locate the toilets and find out any last-minute details about the course.
How will I find my start wave?
Confirmation of your start wave will be included in your race pack, which will be sent out two weeks prior to Race Day.
When will I receive my race pack?
Race packs will be sent by the organisers of the Vitality London 10,000 (not by Action Medical Research) via Royal Mail post two weeks prior to Race Day.
What's included in my race pack?
Your race pack will include your running number, IPICO Sports tag, baggage bag, safety pins and wire twist ties.
What are the nearest stations?
The assembly area for the Vitality London 10,000 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.
Where can I park?
The organisers of the Vitality London 10,000 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.
Can I meet friends and relatives after?
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.
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