Sunday, 26 April 2015

The Virgin Mini Marathon, central London

The leaders in the U13 girls race approach the Houses of Parliament. The two girls from the North West team went on to finish first and second in the  British Athletics Road Championships 
Held just before the London Marathon, the Virgin Mini Marathon is a youth race across the final three miles of the main route, taking in the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. Featuring teams from each of the 33 London boroughs and regions across the UK, including Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the Mini Marathon attracts some of the best teenage athletes in the country. Although the different age groups (coloured-coded by t-shirts) have staggered starts, the races inevitably overlap as the best youngsters overtake the laggards in the older age groups.  Participants are rewarded with an impressive medal, a couple of t-shirts and a bag full of goodies. Although it involves an early start, the Mini Marathon should be on the bucket list of both young runners and their parents.

The faster U15 girls (in yellow) overtake the stragglers in the U17 race