Organisers behind the upcoming Royal Parks half Marathon have been buoyed by a prestigious award. Despite only being launched in 2008, the city race was the winner in the Best Outdoor Event category at the 2011 London Events Awards which were recently held at the Roundhouse, Camden.
The award was for the 2010 event which included the international challenge, involving charities working with a number of tourism partners to invite entrants worldwide to take part in the event; a TV documentary for Channel 4; regular training runs and workshops for participants; and the creation of the Hearts & Heritage walk designed to cater for all ages and abilities.
Within three hours of opening for the 2010 event, the half marathon sold all its public places, with five international teams entering. In total, 192 charities raised £3m, including £560,000 for the Royal Parks Foundation.
Starting and finishing in Hyde Park, the beautiful 13.1 mile route races through Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, The Green Park and St James's Park and offers runners magnificent views of some of the capital's most iconic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Marble Arch and the Royal Albert Hall along the way.
The 2011 event takes place on Sunday, October 9 and registration for all places is closed.