{Photograph}: Joe Toth for The Vitality Massive Half

As each runner is aware of, the poll for the London Marathon is massively oversubscribed every year and the overwhelming majority of entrants will probably be disenchanted come October when the outcomes are revealed (although some can also be mightily relieved they don’t have to really run 42.2km). However the London Marathon isn’t the one race in London city, and there are grand occasions like The Massive Half the place your home within the occasion may be assured, so long as you progress rapidly sufficient.

Entry for The Vitality Massive Half opened on Thursday 31st Might, with 7,000 tickets up for grabs at £39 apiece (£35 for affiliated membership runners). As a part of these 7,000 spots there are 1,500 accessible at a reduced fee of £30 for individuals who reside within the 4 host boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich.

The Massive Half 2019 will happen on Sunday 10th March. The race begins on the Tower of London and finishes on the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, following components of the route used within the first half of the London Marathon.

This 12 months noticed the primary working of the occasion, with 11,000 runners getting into together with Mo Farah, who received the elite race. The Beast from the East chilly snap led to fears the race could be referred to as off however temperatures turned out to be pleasantly gentle on the day, which meant the bottom layer and snood Coach had opted to put on appeared considerably misplaced.

Whereas the degrees of help don’t fairly match the London Marathon – and in equity only a few races on the earth can – individuals do come out en masse to cheer you thru The Massive Half, which is only one motive it’s set to change into a preferred fixture on the race calendar. It’s additionally a quick course for these looking down a PB, and it’s the proper prep for a spring marathon that you might have signed up for – particularly, in fact, if that race is the London Marathon.

Given the speedy inflation of the costs of working occasions in London, it’s additionally a little bit of a discount for a half marathon on closed roads within the metropolis. So don’t miss out, get signed up immediately and lock down the primary massive race in your 2019 calendar.