Royal Parks Half Marathon

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  • This scenic event is certainly a crowd favourite on the annual calendar. 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.

    Review summary

    10 Reviews
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    Ariana M
    "It was absolutely pouring with rain this year (proper torrential monsoon-like..."


    Beatrice G
    "Hands down the best half I've ever done. An amazing course through central..."


    Ed W
    "This was my first half and I loved it. Great course, great aid station and a..."
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    How to enter the Royal Parks Half Marathon

    1. Half Marathon

      Run 13.1mi
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    Royal Parks Half Marathon route

    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 we 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

    All participants will receive a technical bamboo race shirt in their race pack which is distributed before the race. You don’t have to wear it if you don’t want to… but it is a naturally wicking t-shirt made of bamboo and recycled polyester and we promise it will be very comfortable for you to run in!

    Participants register online, with all event communications via email or social media. The only exception is the personalised runner’s race pack. Though we encourage collection at various pick up points leading up to the race, a few are sent out shortly before the race with t-shirt, runner number with timing chip, and a folded runner information booklet.

    Raceday Logistics

    The race starts at 9.00am, so we recommend 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. Please note that toilets in particular will be very busy shortly before the race so please listen to our “toilet marshals” whose job it is to keep any queues as fast moving as possible.

    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.

    There will be an information point centrally located within the Food & Fitness Festival in an orange marquee; it will be shown on the map on the race information leaflet inlcuded in your race pack.


    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.


    Don’t fancy running but would still like to be a part of the magnificent Royal Parks Half Marathon? Why not become one of our Race Makers?

    We have numerous roles that need filling by enthusiastic volunteers looking to be part of the race day experience. Events on this scale simply can’t take place without the hard work of generous volunteers like you.

    Volunteer roles range from giving our runners water along the route to working at the finish area putting medals round our triumphant runners’ necks. Our Race Makers are a vital part of the day.

    All race makers will receive a full briefing, a t-shirt and either breakfast and/or lunch pack depending on the hours you’re working, plus a huge thank you from us and the sense of satisfaction that being involved in an event like this brings.

    If you would like to volunteer, please email [email protected] for further details or to request a registration form.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    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:
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    Royal Parks Half Marathon weather forecast

    Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

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    Royal Parks Half Marathon reviews (10)

    4.8 out of 5 stars

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    Reasons people recommend this event

    Friendly atmosphere

    Festival vibes

    • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

      I’ve ran the Royal Parks Half twice now - I absolutely love it. The course is beautiful and there’s a fab atmosphere the whole way round. Great organisation for a seamless experience
    • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

      My favourite race of 2018, despite the rain. Really enjoyed running through the parks and great atmosphere especially with the music at various parts of the course. Only criticism is how busy the course gets in places - so make sure you start in the right start pen.
    • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

      I ran this for a charity very close to my heart. It was such a fun and special day out, made even better by the beautiful course and supporters along the way
    • Did the Half Marathon in 2017

      Absolutely loved it - great day out! Beautiful weather and wonderful atmosphere! Would highly recommend.
    • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

      Best half marathon I’ve ever done. Did it with a bunch of friend and such a fun festival atmosphere and beautiful course running through London’s best parks
    • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

      This was my first half and I loved it. Great course, great aid station and a really fun day out! Will definitely do it again!
    • Did the Half Marathon in 2013

      Hands down the best half I've ever done. An amazing course through central London (especially beautiful in Hyde park). Loads of runners and supporters. Well organised and feels like you're taking part in something big! It was my first half marathon and it gave me the bug!
    • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

      I have run this twice, and it is definitely better when the sun is shining, but it is pretty incredible that they can pull this race off right in the middle of London. When running in the sun it was a spectacular event with tonnes of support lining the way and central London in full glory, when it rained it was definitely a little tougher! If you are looking for a particular time then get with the pacers at the start line, if you get caught behind the course can be a little cramped for the first few kilometres to move up. Also dont start thinking you're nearly there when you get back into Hyde Park, there's still another 7 or 8 miles to go...
    • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

      This is the race of the year for me and everything else is just waiting! The atmosphere was fantastic and even in the last mile alongside competitive runners, there was polite encouragement between all of the runners. Everyone who has taken part simply loves it!
    • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

      It was absolutely pouring with rain this year (proper torrential monsoon-like downpours) but that didn't stop 16000 runners and hundreds of spectators turning out. The atmosphere was incredible considering, lots of drumming bands and people lining the course cheering you on. Would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to complete a lovely route around London, but perhaps not if you're going for a PB. The course involves a few tight turns and is quite narrow in places, so make sure you get in the right start pen for the time you want to get. It's hard overtaking people, but even worse being overtaken! The London parks are beautiful and the organisation here was seamless. Certainly one of the most well organised races I've been to. There was a proper festival in Hyde Park where the start/finish line was. Lots of music and tents serving all kinds of food. It's one of London's best and most iconic races, so certainly worth doing. But, it is busy, there are lots of people running so definitely worth doing some training races first to get used to the hustle and bustle.