Runners go past St Paul's cathedral
Credit: ASICS10k

Over 17,000 runners will make their way through central London, passing iconic landmarks, as the Saucony London 10k takes place on 14 July.

The route passes sights like Big Ben, the London Eye and Trafalgar Square, as the capital comes together for a celebration of the city. The London 10k is also the only closed-road running event that goes down Regent Street making it truly unique.

Here’s everything you need to know about the race including timings, where to watch, and what entertainment will be keeping runners going:

Bib collection

Runners will either receive your race pack by post, or if you have opted for collection, you will need to pick up your bib from the Sweaty Betty Carnaby Street store. Collection is available from 12:00-19:00 from 9-12 July and 10:00-18:00 on 13 July.

When is it?

The Saucony London 10k race officially gets underway at 09:30 on Sunday 14 July. Thousands will be making their way to the area including both runners and supporters, so participants should plan their journey well in advance.

Bag drop opens from 07:45 the morning of the race, located at Waterloo Place, SW1Y 5ER

This year, to help ease congestion, runners are encouraged to arrive race ready, which simply means to arrive without a bag and able to head straight to the start line.

The first finishers are expected to cross the finish line as soon as 10:00, with the final race cut-off at 12:15.

Where is it?

Start line: 101 Piccadilly, W1J 7JT
Finish line: 70 Whitehall, SW1A 2AS
Bag Drop & Helpdesk: Waterloo Place, SW1Y 5ER

The race starts next to Green Park with runners heading towards Piccadilly Circus Station. After passing a number of iconic landmarks, including a stretch alongside the Thames, runners will make their way past Downing Street and across the finish line.

Aid and water stations are located at 6.25km and 8.75km along the route and course marshals will be on hand in pink hi-vis for anyone in need of assistance.

Where to watch?

Once a runner has crossed the start line, family and friends will be able to track them via the tracking link on the Saucony London 10k website. Each kilometre will be signposted to help you plan where to be to spot your runner.

The race route will be alive with sounds thanks to a line-up of live bands and DJs to keep participants energized and provide entertainment for supporters. Performers include DJ Chrystilize, the Tamashii Taiko Drummers and the London School of Samba.

Saucony will have cheer points along the route with three London run clubs Baked Off, Grove Lane Runners and Puresport, and at King Charles Island, there will be a DJ, photo wall and giveaways.

How to get there:

In true London style, the easiest way to get to the event will be via the Tube with Charing Cross, Embankment, Victoria, St James’ Park or Westminster stations recommended to best reach the start point.

Due to road closures around the route, many starting from 05:00, driving or cycling should be avoided, with Santander cycling docks along the route suspended for the day.

Event walking route signs and volunteers will be on-hand for anyone looking for directions on the day.

Full information is available at www.thelondon10k.com/participant-information