This third edition of the Bupa Westminster Mile will commemorate 30 years of Cram’s world mile record.
The event launched yesterday at Paddington Recreation Ground as Steve Cram welcomed teams of London schoolchildren onto the track to try and break his mile record.
Six teams battled out a series of 100m shuttle relay races in an attempt to break Cram’s mile time of 3:46:32 – a time which still stands as the UK record today. Cram shattered the record in the Dream Mile at Oslo’s Bislett stadium in 1985 during a 19 day period when he set three new world records.
Needless to say, Cram’s record remained unbeaten yesterday, but the energy (and excitement) of the runners, as they raced on the track under the gaze of Cram, certainly set the tone for this year’s Westminster Mile, taking place on 24th May.
The Bupa Westminster Mile welcomes runners of all ages and abilities, from elite athletes to families with children, as they contest a series of miles races at St James’s Park, starting on The Mall and finishing in front of Buckingham Palace. In support of Sport England’s This Girl Can Campaign, there will also be a number of all-female races for girls and women of all abilities.
“The mile is the perfect distance for any age and any ability,” said Cram. “I’m looking forward to seeing thousands of runners, young and old, running the mile in May.”
Talking about Sport England’s This Girl Can Campaign, in light of Bupa’s all-female races at this year’s Westminster Mile, Cram said:
“I think it’s a great campaign and I think it will be successful. If the end point is that more women take part in an event, brilliant.”
Entries for the Bupa Westminster Mile are now open. There entry fee is £8.00 for entrants aged 18 and over (£7.00 for Westminster residents) and £6.00 for nine to 17 year olds. Children under nine are free.