Introduction to
The Vitality Big Half 2019

The Vitality Big Half returns on Sunday 10 March 2019 when you will join thousands of runners taking to the streets of Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich.

The event is bringing together people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds who are all #MovedByLondon to share in the amazing experience of running through the streets of the capital, side by side.

The Vitality Big Half will see up to 15,000 runners set off from 09:00 by Tower Bridge on the 13.1-mile course which finishes at the iconic Cutty Sark in Greenwich.

Bands and entertainers will be performing along the route and the day will conclude with live music, food and activities for all the family at The Vitality Big Festival near the Finish Area in Greenwich Park until 16:00.

The day also includes The Little Half, a 2.4-mile timed run, The Vitality Big Mile, a free, fun, family-friendly mass participation event around Greenwich Park, and The New Balance Big Relay, a race for teams of four, where each participant runs a leg of the 13.1-mile course.

Everyone is welcome to join in the fun along the route and at The Vitality Big Festival for free, so why not encourage your family and friends to come along to celebrate your achievement?

Whether you are a regular runner, or taking part in your first half marathon, we wish you the very best of luck in achieving your goals.

Race day checklist

If you are a UK resident, before leaving home please make sure you have the following items with you:
  • Running number and safety pins
  • IPICO Sports Tag and wire twist ties to fix it to your shoe
  • Kitbag and baggage label with your running number printed on it
  • Access to these instructions. You can download and print a PDF of these Final Instructions by clicking in the top right of this screen.
  • A copy of these instructions or access to them. You can download and print a PDF of these Final Instructions via the links in the main menu

Important information for
runners based outside of the UK

You can collect your Race Pack on either Saturday 9 March or on Race Day, Sunday 10 March.

To collect your pack, you will need to show photo ID or a photocopy of your photo ID. We can accept passports, driving licences or national ID cards.  

On Saturday 9 March, collection is available from 13:00 to 18:00 from:  

The Tower Hotel
St Katharine's Way
St Katharine's and Wapping
London
E1W 1LD


The Vitality Big Half team members will be based in the hotel reception to help you.

On Race Day, collection is available from 07:00 from the Information Point in your Start Area. Please give yourself plenty of time to collect your Race Pack and drop off your kitbag.

For uk residents only

If you do not receive your running number and IPICO Sports Tag in the post by Friday 1 March, please email helpdesk@londonmarathonevents.co.uk quoting The Vitality Big Half, which items you are missing, your full name, date of birth and postal address.

Replacement items will be arranged for you, these will be sent in the post if time permits or you can collect them on Race Day at the Information Point in your Start Area. There’s no need to let us know about any other missing items until the day.

There will be plenty of spare safety pins, wire twist ties, kitbags and baggage labels available on the day at the Information Points in the Start Areas. There is a £10 charge to replace a lost IPICO Sports Tag, which is payable by cash on the day.

Running Number

Pin your running number to the front of your T-shirt or running vest using the safety pins provided in your pack.

Your running number is in your Race Pack. If your number is orange, you need to go to the Orange Start Area. See how to get to the Orange Start Area by checking the map in the On Race Day section.

This letter indicates which Start Wave you are in. Check the timetable below for your wave loading and start time.

This number indicates the baggage vehicle you need to drop your kitbag at. Check the timetable below for when your baggage vehicle closes.

Your running number is in your Race Pack. If your number is green, you need to go to the Green Start Area. See how to get to the Green Start Area by checking the map in the On Race Day section.

This letter indicates which Start Wave you are in. Check the timetable below for your wave loading and start time.

This number indicates the baggage vehicle you need to drop your kitbag at. Check the timetable below for when your baggage vehicle closes.

Important: this is an example running number. Your unique running number, start wave letter and baggage vehicle number may be different to the one shown here.

Entries are non-transferable. You must not use someone else's number, nor let someone else use yours. This is for safety reasons in case there is a medical emergency.

People may have their own unique medical requirements and a misidentification of someone during an emergency could cause serious issues as well as severe distress or anxiety to family and friends. Using someone else’s number could result in you being banned from all London Marathon Events.

Start Area timetable

IPICO Sports Tag timing device

You must fix your tag to your running shoe to receive your official finish time. Please follow the instructions in the video below.

Fitting your IPICO Sports Tag timing device

Step by step guide

Loosen the laces of one of
your running shoes.

Thread the wire twist ties
under the laces.

Thread the IPICO Sports Tag onto the wire twist ties.

Secure the IPICO Sports Tag by twisting the ties firmly together.

Official results will be based on the elapsed time taken by each runner between crossing the mats at the Start Line and the Finish Line.

Your health

You must be fit and well to run 13.1 miles. Please do not take any chances with your health. Severe exertion during or soon after any kind of injury or illness is extremely dangerous. If you find yourself in this situation you must withdraw from The Vitality Big Half.

For more advice from The Vitality Big Half medical director, Professor Sanjay Sharma, click here.

Deciding not to run

If you decide not to run for any reason, you must return your IPICO Sports Tag. Please use the special freepost envelope enclosed within your Race Pack. All tags that are not returned within 21 days of the event are subject to a £10 lost-tag charge. Please remember that entries into The Vitality Big Half are non-transferable and entry fees are non-refundable.