Alfa Romeo MiTo Beats... a Man Across London

The last episode of the Man versus MiTo series has now hit Alfa Romeo’s official UK Facebook page, bringing with it confirmation of who took the chequered flag in the race around the busy streets of London.

Alfa Romeo, Official Car Supplier to UK Athletics (UKA), staged the athletics challenge, pitting man (former European and Commonwealth 400m Champion, Iwan Thomas) against machine (Alfa MiTo) in a 3.8-mile race around central London’s city streets, starting and finishing at Tower Bridge.

Behind the wheel of the Alfa MiTo were two of Britain’s brightest World Championship medal contenders: European and Commonwealth 110m hurdles Champion Andy Turner took the driver’s seat, with navigational assistance from UK Long Jump record holder Chris Tomlinson.

The full series of films are available to view on But we can already tell you that the little MiTo managed to outpace Thomas across London by one minute and 44 seconds with a time of 20 minuted dead.

Alfa Romeo has supported UKA since 2006 and the partnership includes supplying a fleet of vehicles to UKA coaches, staff and athletes, as well as a financial contribution towards the UKA programme.

The new model year Alfa MiTo is now available at Alfa Romeo dealerships across the UK.

“I’m a 400 metre runner not a four miler, but I think I can do it. I need to pace myself and try not to get lost. Hopefully there won’t be too many coach loads of tourists blocking my path. My competitive instincts are still with me, I’ve got to win,”
Thomas said before the race.

Since there are three runners involved in the event, we expect at least two more such races in the future.

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