In 2008 the Half Marathon in central London was created – the first and only one of its kind. The spectacular route takes in the capital’s world-famous landmarks – Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Houses of Parliament and the Royal Albert Hall – and four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.
The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon has raised more than £18m for causes around the UK since it started in 2008, with more than 559 partner charities, including the Royal Parks Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Mind, and Tommy’s. The money raised by the Royal Parks Foundation through these events helps to maintain the Royal Parks and enhance the heritage, education, wellbeing and nature of these much needed green urban spaces.
The next Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon takes places on Sunday 12 October 2014, starting and finishing in the iconic Hyde Park. Over 16,000 runners will run the 13.1 mile route through Central London, taking in the historical sites of the capital and the beautiful Royal Parks. This year’s event is expected to be the biggest to date, including the biggest ever corporate field and runners from 32 countries.
As well as the thousands of fantastic runners that take part, last year there was also over 50,000 spectators who joined. Be part of this wonderful experience in 2014 by going along to support the runners and enjoy the Food & Fitness Festival.
Click here for the marathon route map so you can plan your day out!