Press Release Desk
London: After its first very successful first year with over 11,000 participants raising more than £1.1 million for charity, the Vitality Big Half came back with a bang on Sunday March 10, with over 13,300 people taking part.
Last year, Tower Hamlets residents were heavily involved with 626 runners and 46 community groups taking part. Even more residents signed up to run this year at nearly 1,000 runners and 44 community groups.
Even though it was a blustery day with very high winds, the race was a huge success and Sir Mo Farah took the top spot again, finishing the race at a mere 1:01:15.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said, “We are thrilled to have this race come through our borough for a second year, celebrating all that is unique about London.
“I appreciate that it can cause some disruption to local residents and we worked in partnership with the organisers to minimise this. Congratulations to everyone that took part including many of our residents who raised money for good causes and made this event the huge success that it was.”
Since the London Marathon Events Charitable Trust was funded in 1981, it has awarded grants to more than 80 projects in Tower Hamlets, totalling more than £3 million.