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Night of the 10,000m PBs: One of London’s biggest running events returns this week

The first prize is £6,000. Anyone who betters the 27:16 record will also pocket a £5,000 bonus (Jack Atkinson)
The first prize is £6,000. Anyone who betters the 27:16 record will also pocket a £5,000 bonus (Jack Atkinson)

The annual Night of the 10,000m PBs is taking place in London on Saturday.

Athletes from countries including Chile, Mexico, Burundi, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and the United States, among others, are set to take part with UK runners.

So what is Night of the 10,000m PBs and where and when will it be held?

Here are the key details of the event.

What is Night of the 10,000m PBs?

Night of the 10,000m PBs was first held in 2013 and has since grown in popularity and reputation.

Organised by the renowned north London running group Highgate Harriers, it was established with the aim of improving British racing standards.

The main focus of the event is to promote and celebrate the 10,000-metre distance race, providing an opportunity for athletes to achieve personal best times and spectators to witness thrilling races. The event typically includes multiple races throughout the afternoon and evening, including elite races featuring top national and international athletes, as well as races for club runners and up-and-coming talents.

Night of the 10,000m PBs is known for its unique and vibrant atmosphere, with spectators lining the track, music playing, and enthusiastic crowd support. The event also incorporates various entertainment elements, including live commentary, on-track interviews, and interactive fan activities.

It has become a truly international event in recent years. The website states that it incorporated the British Championships in 2014, Rio Olympic Team GB trials in 2016 and IAAF World Championship GB trials in 2017. In 2018, it integrated the European 10,000m Cup with more than 28 competing nations.

The first prize is £6,000. Anyone who betters the 27:16 record will also pocket a £5,000 bonus.

Where can I watch Night of the 10,000m PBs?

The event is free to attend at Parliament Hill and you do not need to reserve tickets.

The address for Parliament Hill Athletics Track is: Parliament Hill Athletics Track, Parliament Hill, Highgate Road, London, NW5 1QR.

Licensed bars and a variety of freshly prepared food will be available at other outlets.

For more information, visit the website here.

When does Night of the 10,000m PBs start and finish?

The 12-race event begins at 3pm and ends at 10.05pm.

3pm - Race #1 | Pace 31:59 & 32:30| 10,000m – Men’s Race

3:45pm - Race #2 | Pace 30:59 & 31:30 | 10,000m – Men’s Race

4:30pm - Race #3 |Pace 30:15 & 30:45 | 10,000m – Men’s Race

5:15pm - Race #4 | Pace 29:45 & 30:20 | 10,000m – Men’s Race

6pm - Circus Theatre Show / Race Official’s Dinner

6:40pm - Race #5 | Pace 33:30 & 35:30 | 10,000m – Women’s Race

7:30pm - Race #6 | Pace 28:59 & 29:30 | 10,000m – Men’s Race

8:10pm - Race #7 | Pace 1.50 & 1.54 | U17 Men 800m

8:15pm - Race #8 | Pace 2.09 & 2.12 | B race WomenU15/U17/U20 800m

8:20pm - Race #9 | Pace 1.48 & 1.50 | U20 Men 800m

8:25pm - Race #10 | Pace 2.04 & 2.08 | A race Women U15/U17/U20 800m

8:40pm - Race #11 | Pace 30:40 & 32:30 | Women’s 10,000m UKA Champs & World Trials

9:25pm - Race #12 | Pace 27:10 & 28:00 | Men’s 10,000m UKA Championships & World Trials

10:05 - UK Championships Medal Ceremony

Are there any other London running events after Night of the 10,000m PBs?

Hackney’s 5k, commonly known as Hackney Moves Community, also takes place this Saturday (May 20).

Runthrough Chase the Sun at Battersea Park will be held on Wednesday, May 31. Runners can either take part in the 5k or 10k.

Hampton Court Palace’s 10k takes place on Sunday, May 21.

Asics’ London 10k takes place on Saturday, July 9.

2023 Vitality takes place on Saturday, September 23.

The full list of running events can be found on letsdothis.com