Runners can now apply to race alongside star athletes, including Sir Mo Farah, in the Big Half, the new half marathon winding its way through the borough in March, writes Chiara Giordano…

The multi-Olympic winning athlete will go head-to-head with Callum Hawkins, who came fourth in this year’s IAAF World Championships marathon in London.

The event is open to adults and children and will take place on Sunday, March 4, 2018.

The Big Half’s 13.1-mile route will begin at Tower Bridge and finish in Greenwich, passing through the boroughs of Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Greenwich.

The Little Half – a relay event – will take place on the same day starting in Southwark Park at 12.30pm and finishing at Cutty Sark in Greenwich, and is open to people of all ages and abilities. There will also be the Big Half Festival going on throughout the day, with food and music on offer in Greenwich Park.

Three different types of entries are open for the Big Half event; the Good for Age category, for runners showcasing impressive times in previous half marathons; the Championship category, for runners wishing to take part in the 2018 British Half Marathon Championships; the charity entries category for runners wishing to sign up with charities. Good for Age and Championship entries close on January 5. Charity entries and entries for the Little Half close on February 2.