Mo Farah to appear at Bupa Westminster Mile

16:19 01 May 2013

Mo Farah crosses the finish of the Bupa London 10,000 on The Mall, site of the Bupa Westminster Mile starting line. Picture: Josh Pullman

Mo Farah crosses the finish of the Bupa London 10,000 on The Mall, site of the Bupa Westminster Mile starting line. Picture: Josh Pullman

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Mo Farah is to fire the starting pistol at the inaugural Bupa Westminster Mile.

The double-gold winning Olympian, who took part in last month’s London Marathon, will be one of the ambassadors for the race, and is also expected to start the children’s competition.

He said: “I am very happy to be part of this new event taking place on the most famous mile in the world, following the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in London.

“Such an event inclusive of all age groups and abilities, is a great legacy from the games and an inspiration to all.”

Paralympians David Weir and Richard Whitehead will both compete at the event on May 26.

The Bupa Westminster Mile, organised by the London Marathon in partnership with Westminster City Council, is a day-long series of one mile races on the same roads made famous at last year’s Olympic Games.

Competitors will start on The Mall, the same place as the Olympic and Paralympic Marathons, then finish in front of the iconic backdrop of Buckingham Palace.

The event will have more than 20 different races with competitors of all abilities and ages, including elite athletes.

Cllr Steve Summers, Westminster City Council cabinet member for the community, said: “The achievements of these athletes during last summer’s Olympic and paralympic games were simply sublime – they won seven gold medals between them and they are an inspiration to thousands.

“This is Olympic legacy in action. What a way to kick off your new fitness regime, or to try and beat your personal best for a mile in a stunning setting. But time is running out, and we are calling on people to register as soon as possible to avoid missing this amazing chance to become a part of history.

“The council is committed to creating a lasting Olympic legacy, and we want people to take those first steps to get active and get involved in sport.”

Entries for the race close at 5pm on Tuesday, May 7.

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