The public ballot for the 2017 Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon opened yesterday (Tuesday 31 January) and will remain live until next Wednesday (8 February) at 5.00pm. The race on Sunday 8 October will be the 10th running of this hugely popular event.
When it launched back in 2008 it was the first race of its kind to take in the major parks of central London. Organisers have maintained that original commitment to hosting a race which showcases the best of London’s sites and the stunning green spaces that the capital has to offer hasn’t changed.
The 13.1 mile route takes runners through four Royal Parks, Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. As well as running through these historic parks, competitors also take in iconic landmarks, such as Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament.
Since its inception, the Royal Parks Half has seen a steady growth from 9,000 runners in 2008, to 16,000 runners at last year’s event, the full capacity for the race. A significant number of participants have never taken part in a half marathon before, with 35% of those running in 2016 completing a 13.1 mile race for the first time. These figure are not only testament to the race’s pull factor amongst running enthusiasts, but also to the events ability to inspire new runners to take part in a half marathon.
The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon is also very spectator-friendly with great viewing locations along the route and a spectacular ‘Food and Fitness Festival’, which boasts a wide range of sporting and creative activities for all to try, a tempting food market, live music and entertainment.
You can register your interest in the 2017 race at the event website.