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All you need to know about the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay London 2019

24 September 2019 at 2:58PM

The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay will take over The City, London for the 13th time on Thursday 26th September, with the flagship event in the global series. A maximum 120 teams will again take their places on the start-line and we’ve put together this handy guide for everything you need to know about the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay London 2019.

When is the race?

The race will start at Guildhall at 6:45pm local time on Thursday 26th September, with the last runners expected to finish around 8:15pm local time. The awards and presentation and after-party follows soon after until the Race Village closes at 10.30pm.

How can I follow the race?

We will be posting live updates from London on our social media channels. Follow the action with live text updates on Twitter, go behind-the-scenes on Instagram or check out Facebook for the latest news from London.

Get live updates from London direct to your phone by downloading the official Bloomberg Square Mile Relay App for iOS and Google Play.

Results base will be logging results and times as they happen on their website.

Barclays were the fastest team at the 2018 race.

Who is racing?

There will be a maximum 120 teams lining up on the start line for the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay London 2019!

The dominant team of recent years, Barclays will be the ones to beat again as they look to continue their impressive record of five wins from the last six races, reclaiming the top spot with a course record in 2018 having lost out to J.P Morgan the previous year.

Trayport is bound to be in the mix as well, consistently finishing on the podium in recent years and will look to improve on a regular third finish.

J.P. Morgan will be the ones to beat in the Mixed Team category with speedster Austin Roth consistently quick over the years and is definitely the individual to beat, having set a course record of 4:40 in 2018. For the first time this year, there will be the All-Female team award to challenge for which will be hotly contested.

Strong team representation comes from Mastercard (4 teams), Jump Trading, Monex Europe, Saffery Champness and Zayo Group (all 3 teams).

Sarah Webster from Greenhouse Sports speaking to the runners at last year’s race.

What are the causes they are racing for?

The Extra Mile helps participants of the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay contribute to their city in a bigger, better way, with 25% of all team entries going to fund projects in the local community throughout the year. On the night, runners get the chance to run for a cause they are passionate about and we are delighted to once again with Greenhouse Sports as The Extra Mile Partner for the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay London 2019.

Greenhouse Sports is a London charity that uses sport to engage young people from the most deprived areas to improve their life chances. We work with young people aged 2-18 in communities across London, where over two thirds of participants are living in high levels of deprivation, according to the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index. To counter the negative effects of growing up in poverty, we work with state schools, placing sports coaches into the school environment to deliver full-time extracurricular programmes that include breakfast, lunch and after-school clubs that empower and inspire young people growing up in disadvantage to reach their full potential. Our coaches are not only technically skilled and highly qualified, but crucially also role models and mentors to students.

The three causes runners will choose to race for are:

  • Inclusion: The Extra Mile grant will help young people with disabilities in London to live active lives and provide the catalyst for them to fulfil their potential
  • Education: The Extra Mile grant will go towards providing young people at risk of gang involvement, providing young people at risk of gang involvement and youth violence with positive sporting activities in a safe space after school and during school holidays.
  • Empowering Women and Girls: The Extra Mile grant will go towards Greenhouse Sport’s ‘WOM+IN’ programme, supporting women and girls from disadvantaged backgrounds to access dedicated sports coaching and mentoring activities.