“Best New Race of the Decade” is a pretty impressive accolade but Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon is an extraordinary success story in the highly competitive field of race promotion. The title was bestowed on the event in a gala ceremony at the Runner’s World Personal Best Awards held in London earlier this month.
Every year, races win titles of “Best New Race” and “Most Improved Race” and to celebrate the tenth anniversary a new category was introduced, with the Runner’s World community voting for the “Best New Race of the Decade” from the previous nine winners of “Best New Race”.
Runner’s World editor Andy Dixon said: “The Royal Parks Half has been chosen by our readers as the best new race of the last decade and it's a very worthy winner. The scenic, landmark-lined course, the green initiatives, the distinctive wooden medals, the impressive attention to detail and the fact that even the weather is always nice on race day mean it has quickly established itself as a runner's must-do.”
Sara Lom, chief executive of the Royal Parks Foundation, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to win this award and honoured to be recognised as the best new race of the decade. It’s a phenomenal achievement and testament to everybody involved who has helped make the event so successful over the last nine years.
She added: “We would like to thank everyone that kindly took the time to review their experience of Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon and especially the runners, who have helped raise more than £30million over the last decade for over 750 charities.”
Since its inception, the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, delivered in partnership with Limelight Sports, has seen a steady growth from 8,000 runners in 2008 to a capacity 16,000 runners at last year’s event.
This year's tenth annual race will be held on Sunday 8 October. The 13.1-mile route takes runners through four of London’s eight Royal Parks: Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. Competitors also take in iconic landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament.
For further information visit the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon website