Athletics: Sebastian Coe to make racing return at Vitality Westminster Mile

PUBLISHED: 14:00 04 May 2017

Sebastian Coe joined pupils of Hallfield School to promote the Vitality Westminster Mile (pic: Sportsbeat/Roberto Payne)

Sebastian Coe joined pupils of Hallfield School to promote the Vitality Westminster Mile (pic: Sportsbeat/Roberto Payne)

© Sportsbeat/Roberto Payne

IAAF and former Olympic champion to race in capital on May 28

Sebastian Coe will make his return to racing action on May 28 when he competes in the Vitality Westminster Mile.

The current president of the IAAF set three world records during his track career, and will compete in Olympians Mile, which is open to athletes who have represented Great Britain in a Summer or Winter Olympic Games.

Coe famously won Olympic gold over 1500m, the metric mile, in 1980 and 1984 in addition to the silver medals over 800m he won at both Games.

Coe will line up on The Mall with more than 100 Olympians, including ice dance legend Jayne Torvill, rowing gold medallist Greg Searle and five-time Olympian Jo Pavey.

Coe visited Hallfield School, Westminster to meet children who have been participating in The Daily Mile initiative and who will be running in The Daily Mile London wave at the event.

“It’s fantastic to see these children so excited about taking part in the Vitality Westminster Mile,” said Coe.

“The London 2012 Olympic Games aimed to inspire a generation and this event, created in 2013 as an Olympic legacy event, is doing just that.”

Created by former primary school head teacher Elaine Wyllie at her school in Scotland, The Daily Mile initiative is now being rolled out nationwide.

Schools across London are now participating in the scheme and The Daily Mile London wave on May 28 will feature children from every borough.

“The aim of The Daily Mile is to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of children, regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances,” said Wyllie.

• The Vitality Westminster Mile features 30 races for all ages and abilities. With a spectacular start on The Mall, the course of the world’s most famous mile takes in Horse Guards Parade and Birdcage Walk and finishes in front of Buckingham Palace. Entry is £8 for adults, £6 for juniors (£1 reduction for Westminster residents) and free for children aged 11 and under. There’s a host of free family-friendly activities all day long in Green Park at the Vitality Wellness Festival too.

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