Runners are being invited to follow in the footsteps of marathon runners.

Thousands of runners of all ages and abilities will be taking part in the third BUPA Westminster Mile run on May 24.

By last year, the race had become the largest one-mile event in the world, with nearly 6,000 participants pounding the famous route around St James’ Park and crossing the finishing line in The Mall.

The event, organised by Westminster City Council in partnership with the London Marathon and the Royal Parks, first took place in 2013 as part of the drive to build on the capital’s Olympic and Paralympic legacy.

Cllr Steve Summers, Westminster City Council cabinet member for sports, leisure and open spaces, said: “In just a few days’ time, marathon fever is set to grip the capital as thousands of people run the gruelling 26-mile route. If you’re inspired but want to try something slightly less daunting, the Westminster Mile is the perfect solution."

The race will also act as the official British Athletics One-Mile Road Age Group Championships and the winners of the U15, U17 and U20 Junior Championship races will be rewarded with Adidas sponsorship.

It is being backed by the This Girl Can campaign, which encourages women to take part in sport.

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