The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, which takes place in October each year, is the most beautiful half marathon in the world’s greatest city. The 13.1 mile route takes runners through the heart of London and past some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks on closed roads – Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and the Royal Albert Hall – and through four of the eight Royal Parks - Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park and Green Park.
The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon first started in 2008, and quickly grew in popularity, becoming a sell-out event with over 16,000 runners racing each October. Now in its eighth year, the award-winning event was set up as an annual fundraising initiative, raising sustainable funds to support London’s eight Royal Parks, and enabling charities of all sizes to be involved in a major challenge event. With over 250 charities taking part every year, the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon is one of the UK's biggest fundraising events, raising in excess of £15 million since 2008.
Event organisers - like the runners - want to see the best of London's city and parks and have built a fantastic event that goes beyond just running 13.1 miles, and design the day so that over 50,000 spectators can have as much fun as the runners themselves including a Food & Fitness Festival for everyone to enjoy.