10 Jul

Soprano Sings Praises For Royal Parks Race

Katherine Jenkins

Award-winning Welsh mezzo-soprano, Katherine Jenkins, is to be an ambassador for this year's Royal Parks Foundation half marathon in October. The classical crossover artist will be among the 16,000 runners lining up on Sunday 6 October in Hyde Park for the superbly scenic route in one of the world's great cities.

Jenkins agreed to be an ambassador for the race after running last year and completing London marathon earlier in 2013. She will be raising money for The Children's Ward at The Royal Marsden Hospital in this year's event. The singer, who has received two Classical Brit Awards, is well known to the sporting as well as musical communities. In addition to her impressive running achievements, she sang the national anthem at this year's Grand National and has previously sung the Welsh national anthem at the Six Nations rugby fixtures.

Katherine Jenkins said: "Viewing myself as a non-athletic person, I prove the example that with some training and a good mental attitude you can achieve the things you thought you would never could, in my case, running a half marathon and even a full marathon. The Royal Parks Foundation half marathon is such a lovely run with beautiful scenery and a great atmosphere and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to take on a challenge. I hope to see you there!"

Sara Lom, chief executive of the Royal Parks Foundation, the charity behind the race, says "We are thrilled that Katherine has agreed to be an ambassador for our flagship event. She is a fantastic role model for young women across the country and has a fan base that spreads much further than that. We hope having Katherine on board will inspire other runners to sign up and show that running and glamour are not mutually exclusive!

"This year's field is set to be the largest ever with 16,000 runners from all over the UK and more than 30 countries around the world taking part. Katherine has chosen a great year to be an ambassador for the race and we wish her the very best of luck for the day."

2013 marks the sixth year the half marathon has taken place. So far it has raised more than £15million for 455 charities. This year's event, which is being produced by the Royal Parks Foundation in partnership with Limelight Sports, is expected to raise a record amount for the largest number of charities ever supported by the event.

There are just 12 weeks to go for runners to get in shape for the Royal Parks Foundation half marathon. There are still charity places available, and companies can also enter teams for our Corporate Challenge - go to the event website for information on how to sign up. Runners have until 16 August to register but can start training now.

For those runners looking for a tougher challenge, there are also charity places still available for the Royal Parks Foundation Ultra, a 50k run, which is also taking place on 6 October 2013. For more information and to register for places, go to the ultra webpage.