8 Oct

Right Royal Occasion

Royal Parks Half Marathon on Westminster Bridge

This year's Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon is set to raise a record amount for charity, according to race organisers. The largest ever number of runners took part in last Sunday's race, with 16,000 toeing the start line at Hyde Park.

On a glorious autumn day, thousands ran for 303 charities as they took on one of the UK's most scenic half marathons through Green Park, St James Park and Kensington Gardens. The number of participants is around 3,500 up on last year and early estimates point towards a big increase of the £3.5m raised for good causes at the 2012 race.

The men's race was won by local boy Ryan McKinlay who sped round the 13.1mile course in 1:09:09 in a vest signed by Mo Farah. The leading lady was Caroline Hoyte of from Hove, who broke the tape in 1:21:02. The race also saw a unique world record with Tim Dye completing the course in 1:34:34 dressed as a tomato. It broke the previous best of running a half marathon whilst dressed as a fruit by 21 seconds and leaves any other prospective record-breakers playing ketchup.

Celebrities who took part included classical singer, Katherine Jenkins, TV presenter, Jenni Falconer and interior designer, Linda Barker, while Strictly Come Dancing stars, Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite, joined the runners to sound the starting horn.

To register interest in the 2014 race visit www.royalparkshalf.com