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Run a mile to continue Olympic legacy

David Weir is backing the event Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

Thousands of racers of different ages and abilities are set to take part in a day of mile-long runs this summer.The aim is for more than 5,000 people to hit the streets for the Bupa Westminster Mile in the heart of London on May 26.

The runners will move along the Mall, site of the start and finish line of the London 2012 Olympic marathons, before heading around the edge of St James's Park. The finish will be outside Buckingham Palace.

David Weir, who won four golds at the London 2012 Paralympics, said:

"To deliver a real legacy, Paralympic sport needs high-profile inclusive events like this which can inspire more people to get involved in sport."

Wheelchair users and visually impaired athletes in the T11-13 categories can enter.

London Marathon Limited, Westminster City Council and Bupa are staging the event, which will also act as the official UK Road Mile Age Group Championships. Adults will have to pay £8 to enter and juniors £6. Westminster residents will get £1 off. For more details, click here

Westminster councillor Steve Summers described the event as a "golden opportunity" to help participation. He said: "We are still basking in the afterglow of the most successful Olympic and Paralympic Games ever but we must keep that momentum going."

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