A new route has been announced for this year’s Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon on Sunday 11 October. The changes will see runners run the full length of Whitehall, up to Parliament Square and within metres of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, before they loop back towards Trafalgar Square.
The Strand is a totally new addition to the route, with runners making their way from Trafalgar Square to the Aldwych before they head back towards King Charles Island and then through Admiralty Arch on to the Mall. At this point they will re-join the familiar route and run towards Buckingham Palace. The new route has been devised to avoid the Embankment, where the Cycle Superhighway will soon be under construction. In previous years, runners have entered the Victoria Embankment from Westminster Bridge and run along the river to Temple, before U-turning and making their way back along the Embankment to Horse Guards Avenue.
Head of Major Events at Royal Parks Foundation, Sally Barney, said; “The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon is now in its eighth year and this is the first time that we have altered the route. The changes were made as a result of the Cycle Superhighway construction works, but we have embraced the opportunity to change things, albeit slightly, this time around and we are really happy with the new route. It takes our runners closer to some of London’s most iconic landmarks and we’re pleased to be incorporating Trafalgar Square and the Strand for the first time.”
Ms Barney added; “The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon remains as one of the greenest and most scenic half marathons in the world and provides runners with a great opportunity to get a unique view of this great city.”
The 13.1 mile run is on closed roads and in four of London’s eight Royal Parks, namely Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.
The ballot for this year’s race has now closed, however there are still a number of charity and corporate places available. Some 280 charities have places at this year’s Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon with charity applications open until 21 August.
For more information please go to the event website.