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Sir Mo Farah and Andrew Strauss join runners at Vitality Westminster Mile

The run is the inaugural event for the Ruth Strauss Foundation, founded by Strauss in memory of his wife who died last year.

Jo Pavey, David Weir and Lord Sebastian Coe on the start line of the Olympians Mile, part of the 2017 Vitality Westminster Mile (Lauren Hurley/PA)
Jo Pavey, David Weir and Lord Sebastian Coe on the start line of the Olympians Mile, part of the 2017 Vitality Westminster Mile (Lauren Hurley/PA)

Sir Mo Farah and former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss will be among the elite athletes, fun runners and charity fundraisers taking part in the Vitality Westminster Mile on Sunday.

Strauss will be joined by England’s ICC men’s World Cup squad, the Middlesex team and hundreds of people from the cricket world for the Ruth Strauss Foundation Family Mile.

The 12.10pm run is the inaugural event for the Ruth Strauss Foundation, founded by the former cricketer in memory of his wife who died in December 2018 from a rare form of lung cancer.

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Andrew and Ruth Strauss at Wimbledon in 2015 (Adam Davy/PA)

Strauss said: “Ruth loved families spending time together and it will be wonderful to see so many families come together on Sunday May 26 to celebrate her life.”

Sir Mo – who is hoping for his sixth victory in the Vitality London 10,000 on Monday May 27 – will be cheering on runners in the family events and running alongside some lucky entrants.

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Sir Mo Farah finished the Virgin Money London Marathon in fifth place (Paul Harding/PA)

The Vitality Westminster Mile is the world’s biggest timed mile with events for all ages and abilities.

The Olympians Mile at 1.55pm brings together athletes who have competed for Great Britain in any sport at any Olympic Games (summer or winter).

The elite races will see European indoor 1,500 metres and 3,000 metres champion Laura Muir running at 2.40pm while Chris O’Hare is hoping to become the first man in the history of the Vitality Westminster Mile to break the four-minute barrier at 2.50pm.

British runner Steph Twell and her partner Joe Morwood will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the fastest mile holding hands at 1.15pm.

Races begin at 9.30am on The Mall with the finish line opposite Buckingham Palace.

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