The Big Half will see up to 15,000 runners take to the streets of Canary Wharf and the Docklands on Sunday, March 4, in the first event of its kind. The culmination will be a free festival in Greenwich Park.

The aim is to “demonstrate how sport and the community can get together to inspire social change, create social cohesion and improve health and well being”.

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What events make up the Big Half

  • The Vitality Big Half, a mass participation race over the half marathon distance, starting near  Tower Bridge and finishing in Greenwich.
  • The Little Half for younger runners will be held on a 2.4 mile route from Southwark Park to the Finish Line by the Cutty Sark in Greenwich and is free to enter.
  • The Big Relay, exclusively for community groups from the four host boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich, with distances ranging from one mile to five miles.
  • The Vitality Big Festival in Greenwich with a huge range of food music and entertainment, including performances from community groups and fun activities and fitness classes for the whole family to enjoy.

The route

The iconic route for The Vitality Big Half starts by Tower Bridge by the Tower of London and goes east to Canary Wharf before doubling back to cross Tower Bridge and follow the river to finish in the spectacular setting of historic Greenwich. The route goes through four London boroughs: Southwark, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich.

Spectator routes for the Big Half

The mass race starts at 9am from Tower Bridge. The assembly areas are for runners only. Three good places to watch are at Surrey Quays, Canary Wharf and Greenwich.

  1. You could get off at Canada Water and cheer your runners on around the Surrey Quays section of the race route between miles eight and 11.
  2. Alternatively, you could stay on the Jubilee line until Canary Wharf which has  plenty of food and drink options to enjoy while you wait.
  3. From Canary Wharf you can jump on the DLR towards Greenwich to cheer your runners on near the finish, before you head to The Vitality Big Festival to enjoy the post-run celebrations.

What about the Big Festival?

The Vitality Big Festival will bring together the best of the capital’s food, music, sport and exercise, and health and wellbeing.

Highlights include two music stages, try-out sessions with local sports groups including The Tumbleator, a giant, soft treadmill where you can test your speed at world record pace. There’ll be free massages for finishers, yoga classes, a science roadshow and Ferris wheel as well as a chance to sample food from round the world.

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More details

Go to the Vitality Big Half website