Close to 12,000 runners took to the streets of London yesterday, wearing the colours of their chosen charity for the London Landmarks Half Marathon 2022, and raising £6 million.
The race takes place on closed roads through the City of London and Westminster, taking in all of London’s most famous landmarks, including Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Nelson’s Column, the Gherkin, the Shard and the Tower of London, and celebrating the city’s heritage. Runners are encouraged to embrace the theme each year with yesterday seeing famous faces, two Guinness World Record attempts, and a host of fancy dress characters run the course.
Organised by Tommy’s to raise funds for the charity and many other good causes, the London Landmarks Half Marathon 2022 had raised £5.8 million as of Friday with more fundraising yet to come for over 300 charities.
The event saw two runners raising funds for Macmillan attempt to break Guinness World Records, and eight cuddly characters compete in the LLHM Mascot Dash, with Vinny the Fox taking the ribbon and cup for charity League Against Cruel Sports, with Lucy Air Ambulance for Children in second place.
A number of celebrities were among those taking part, including McFly drummer and former Strictly winner Harry Judd for Tommy’s, Jeff Brazier for Grief Encounter, Abbie Quinnen & AJ Pritchard, with AJ’s brother Curtis, on behalf of the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, and actress and reality TV star Jess Impiazzi, supporting Guide Dogs.
The Virgin Radio Breakfast Show team also took on the 13.1 miles. Sports presenter Vassos Alexander joined the London Landmarks Costume runners dressed as The Shard. The costume runners take part annually to raise funds for Boost Charitable Trust’s Sam Sananes Sports Legacy, and Tommy’s.
Event Director Lia Fyles said:
“It’s such special event, helping to raise awareness and fundraising for charity. It fills me with such pride to see people from all walks of life come together each year to raise money for causes close to their hearts. In a world full of conflict and austerity at the moment, it’s heart warming to see so much love and compassion. I’m delighted that since the inaugural race in 2018 over £26 million has been raised for many wonderful causes, with every penny going back to supporting the amazing work of Tommy’s and its charity partners.”