Royal Parks Half Marathon

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Mark your calendar for this crowd favourite half marathon. The pleasant course makes its way through four Royal Parks, with supporters cheering you past landmarks including Buckingham Palace. Come for the technical t-shirt (which you can wear during the race) and unique wooden medal.
Half Marathon
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Sun, 9 Oct 2022
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London, United Kingdom
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The event experience

Based on 16,000 participants


5 to 20m elevation gain per km

Where and when
Hyde Park, London, UK
Start times
Sun, 9 Oct 2022
Half Marathon :
Races summary
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Half Marathon
Route information
The course will continue to showcase the four Royal Parks (Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park, and The Green Park) and go past some of the capital’s most historic landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade and the Royal Albert Hall. Although undulating in parts, the course is not hilly and is great for either experienced or first time half marathon runners.
This event is a road race designed for runners, not walkers. This is because the organiser are only able to close the roads in Westminster, outside the Parks, for a limited time. They will open to traffic 2.5 hours after the start of the race, after which time participants who have not yet passed this point (6 miles in) will be asked to move on to the pavements, use pedestrian crossing points and then re-join the race route within Hyde Park.
What's included
  • Free tech t-shirt made from bamboo and recycled bottles
  • Finisher's medal crafted from FSC certified beech wood
  • Course marshalled
  • Mile markers
  • Refreshment stations
  • Chip timed
  • Post run food & fitness festival
  • Race pacers
  • Winners prizes
How to get there
Hyde Park, London, UK
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Hyde Park Corner tube (Piccadilly Line) – enter the park through Queen Elizabeth Gate and continue down Rotten Row to the Festival area 15 minute walk
Knightsbridge tube (Piccadilly Line) – enter the park through Prince of Wales Gate, cross over South Carriage Drive at a suitable crossing point and you will be able to see the festival area 12 minute walk
From Marble Arch tube (Central Line) – enter the park through Cumberland Gate and walk south towards the Serpentine Bar and Kitchen Cafe. Take the path to the left of the Café around the Serpentine and head south to Rotten Row and walk towards the festival 25 minute walk
From Lancaster Gate tube (Central Line) – enter the park through Victoria Gate and walk south down West Carriage Drive. Cross over the Serpentine and head south to Rotten Row. Turn left onto Rotten Row and walk towards the Festival area 25 minute walk.
North London: C2, 6, 7, 10, 16, 19, 23, 36, 52, 73, 82, 98, 113, 274, 390, 414
South London: 2, 36, 137, 148, 159, 436
West London: 9, 10, 14, 19, 22, 52, 74, 94, 148, 414
East London: 8, 15, 23, 30, 38, 274
It is strongly recommended that visitors avoid coming by car as there is no designated parking and many roads will be closed before, during and after the race.
For more information on how to get to Hyde Park and for details of any engineering works that may affect the above routes, call Transport For London on 0207 222 1234 or you can find help to plan your route on the TFL website
Event day logistics
07:30 Baggage and festival area open
09:00 Half Marathon starts
16:00 Event village closes
It is recommended that all participants arrive with plenty of time to spare, so they can drop off any baggage, make use of the facilities and prepare themselves for running. The baggage area will be open from 7.30am and is located within the Food & Fitness Festival.
A baggage facility will be available for all half marathon participants. Please do not leave any valuables with your baggage – the race organisers cannot accept any responsibility for the security of these items.
There is no registration on the day of the race. Please wear your numbered race bib with timing chip, on the front of your shirt.
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Spectator Info
The Food & Fitness Festival
The Half Marathon doesn’t end with the run. The RPH want to make sure you and your family and friends enjoy your whole day.
At the Food & Fitness Festival there is a wide range of fun sporting and creative activities for the whole family to try, a tempting food market, live music and entertainment.
Food Market
With a range of hot food, drinks and sampling stalls, the Food Market is a delightful place to spend a couple of hours replenishing your energy, or for your supporters to grab an early Sunday coffee.
Festival visitors will be treated to live music and entertainment from our main stage, including a marching band, a rock choir and street band, amongst many more!
On race day, there will be a wide variety of fun sporting activities for you and your family to ‘have a go’ at and enjoy. We've planned a fun-packed programme of activities with our event partners and charities to make sure everyone has a brilliant time on race day.
There will be a range of official race merchandise on sale in our shop. Don’t forget to have a browse and pick up some new kit before you head off.
Where does the Royal Parks Half finish?
At the South edge of Hyde Park, in front of the Hyde Park Barracks. The Knightsbridge tube station is within a 5 minutes walk.
How do I sign up for the Royal Parks Half?
To sign up for the Royal Parks Half you need to enter a ballot. The ballot normally opens in late January.
How long should I train for the Royal Parks Half?
If you're starting from a position where you are not running regularly, you might want 12 weeks of dedicated training in the run up to your half marathon. If you are already in the habit of running, an 8 week plan might be appropriate, and experienced runners may only require 6 weeks to get race ready. Check out our 8 week training plan:
24 reviews
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
FestivalFestival vibes
CrowdsIncredible crowds
Did the Half Marathon in 2015
I really loved this race, it was so much fun. The crowds and the route are fantastic! :)
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
This was a lovely half marathon would definitely do it again. Only real complaint was the mud, there was little In the way of walk boards or similar so everyone was squelching around in thick wet mud which meant that everyone had cold wet muddy feet before even getting to the start.
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Have done this race a few times and still enjoy it massively but this time there were a few issues that bothered me: - hardly any water at first station. They had promised these weird water balls but had run out so the volunteers were scrabbling around with cups. Every other water station was fine- there was a goodie bag but no goodies. Or at least I couldn’t find them anywhere!- shirts come up on the very small side so if you’re bigger than a size 14, tough luck!
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
The course is a mix of street road with parks footpath which is an interesting mix also if you have someone supporting you will be easy for him to spot you running on 3 or 4 diferente point during the course.
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Fantastic course through the heart of London. The support was brilliant throughout and the marshals provided encouragement all the way round. Would love to do this again.
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Race village extremely muddy.. Massive queues for baggage and toilets. But still a great day despite the weather
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Great event and support! Very muddy but can't do anything about that. Definitely one for the tick list
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Really great course and awesome atmosphere. Was my first half marathon so I don’t have another to compare it to but I really enjoyed my day!
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
I did this for mencap .so that was great.if u thinking of a fast time .choice a fave suits u.alot people walking ect.get in your way running.the place ect is say u ran in london is amazing
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Great course, although over half of it is in Hyde Park the first 6 miles take you past some wonderful landmarks, and Hyde Park is very pretty to run around! It's a fairly flat course too. The crowds were great, the water stations are massive, and the volunteers are fantastic. Great vibes on the course especially around the charity bits. The only downside for me was the actual village, which was one big muddy swimming pool! I know this can't be helped really but there weren't many walkways down at all and it was a nightmare at the end. The bag drop is also right at the other end to where you finish which means having to make your way past thousands of people to try and grab your bag.. The actual run is great though, I'll be entering the ballot for next year even if it is the most expensive half, it's a fantastic experience!
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Recent Questions
Tom Elliott
Does anyone know if the course has changed much over the years? I ran my first half marathon event here in 2015 and wondering if I can run the same course this year?
Ariana Murray Wells
I did it in 2017 and 2018 and I think it's a similar route, they say it'll always go through the 4 parks (Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James's Park, and The Green Park) but some of the switch backs might be different. That's what really slows you down, the course can be quite wiggly in places and you're going back on yourself a bit. Means it's not really PB territory.
Manon VT
Does anyone know what date in April 2021 this has been postponed to?

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