Jesuit Missions Womble shines in Westminster Mile

“Elite” Womble and all mascots at the start in Westminster Mile
“Elite” Womble and all mascots at the start

Invited by London Marathon Events to join 15 other characters in the first ever Mascot Race, senior Womble Great Uncle Bulgaria represented Jesuit Missions to take part in the 2017 Vitality Westminster Mile in bright sunshine on Sunday 28 May.

A single mile is not far to run for an adult but the youngest participant to complete the mile course, with her mum holding her hand throughout,  was just two and a half years old!   

The Vitality Westminster Mile was launched by London Marathon Events in partnership with Westminster City Council in 2013 as a legacy event from the 2012 Olympic Games.

Reflecting on his thoughts regarding the event, David Hurst, Stonyhurst alumnus and friend of Jesuit Missions said: 

"On behalf of Jesuit Missions, it was an honour to be invited by London Marathon Events to take part in the first Mascots' Race in the Womble costume as part of the Families' Runs in the Westminster Mile."

On Sunday there were different races for all ages and abilities including families, adults, veterans, juniors, wheelchairs, elite athletes and, for the first time this year, sixteen mascots including the UNICEF seagull (or is it a stork?), the Royal Park deer, a London Pride bottle, a rhino and a London Marathon favourite of the past twenty one years, a Womble. 

The inaugural race in May 2013 saw nearly 2000 finishers including Paralympic gold-medal winner David Weir and the event has now become established as the UK’s premier festival of road mile running.

The iconic mile course starts on The Mall and goes around three sides of St James’s Park before finishing right in front of Buckingham Palace.

Hannah England and Charlie Grice were crowned the first ever British Athletics senior road mile champions and this year Great Uncle Bulgaria joined them.

Not bad for a Jesuit Missions Womble.

Mascots Race 11.45am Sunday 28 May 2017

“Great Uncle Bulgaria” Womble

“Jude the Cat” QPR mascot

“Spark the Tiger” QPR mascot

“Bino the Bear” for Stirling Albion FC

“Pinkie the Panther” MCC Community Foundation; were called “Panthers”

“Cyan” the UNICEF seagull  (or is it a stork?) based near Clerkenwell Waitrose

“Deer” and “Squirrel” for the eight Royal Parks representing a herd of 650 in Richmond Park

“Bumble Bee” for Be Active Health Clubs

“London Pride” bottle for Fullers Brewery, HAC pub manager

“Dash the Mouse” for charity Kids Run Free of Leamington Spa

“Ivor Goodsite” for CCS Site Safety & Wilmott Dixon

“Prudence” and “Lulu” for Prudential Insurance Company