The ballot may have closed for this year’s Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon but there are still charity places available for one of the most iconic half marathon courses anywhere in the world. Up to 16,000 will compete in the ninth edition of the event on Sunday, 9 October 2016 and charity applications close on Friday, 19 August.
The race boasts course records in 2010 by Kenyan stars Edwin Kipkorir (1:05:40) and Miriam Makewa (1:14:01) and last year’s winners were Russ Best (New Marske Harrriers, 1:09:37) and Gaby van Clarke (1:21:53) from London.
The scenic 13.1 mile route takes runners on closed roads through Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. Competitors will also take in famous London landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade, Royal Albert Hall, Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament.
More than £25million has been raised for over 500 charities to date. The event’s ‘Golden Oak’ charities – Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, Scope, Tommy’s, Cancer Research UK and the Royal Parks Foundation – will have the largest teams on the day.
Head of Major Events at Royal Parks Foundation, Sally Barney, said: “We had record numbers apply again to take part in the ballot but if you were unable to secure a place then there is still an opportunity to participate by applying for a charity place."
To secure a charity place visit the race website