Sadly, we are announcing today that the City of London Mile will not be staged again for the foreseeable future.
It has been a difficult decision, and one we have gone to great lengths to avoid, but in the end, there was no choice but to bring the event to a close.
The Mile was free to enter for three consecutive years and we were fully committed to keeping it that way: what mattered was participation, not profit. But as the event has grown, so too have the costs of staging it, to the point where a future edition simply isn’t viable. In particular, the cost of providing adequate security for the event has increased considerably.
We have of course considered charging people to enter, but that would fundamentally change the nature of the event, and discourage the very people it is aimed at from taking part. We took a certain pride in keeping the Mile free to enter while all around us, other events pushed their entry fees up and up.
We are hugely grateful to everyone who supported our event over the years, and who helped bring each of the three editions to life. It is thanks to them that each one was a resounding success, and that we received so much positive feedback afterwards. Above all, we hope that for lots of people, the Mile was the first step towards running regularly – for whatever reason – for years to come.
With that in mind, we continue to expand the running community based out of The Running Works, and the variety of events staged there. We offer weekly run club sessions and our monthly “Run for…” evening events alongside book signings, music nights and of course lectures on all things running related; these events and activities are all going from strength to strength – so why not come and join us!