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Royal Parks Half Marathon

16000 participants · 2021-04-11 · London
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About this event

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.

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How to enter

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
Half Marathon
9:00am Sun 11th Apr 2021

Run 13.1mi

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What people think
4.6
24 reviews
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
FestivalFestival vibes
CrowdsIncredible crowds
Tom
Star
4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2015
I really loved this race, it was so much fun. The crowds and the route are fantastic! :)… read more
Clare
Star
4.7
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.… read more
Patricia
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4.7
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:<br /> - 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<br />- there was a goodie bag but no goodies. Or at least I couldn’t find them anywhere!<br />- shirts come up on the very small side so if you’re bigger than a size 14, tough luck!… read more
Route description
Route description

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.

Tom
Star
4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2015
I really loved this race, it was so much fun. The crowds and the route are fantastic! :)
Clare
Star
4.7
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.
Patricia
Star
4.7
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:<br /> - 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<br />- there was a goodie bag but no goodies. Or at least I couldn’t find them anywhere!<br />- shirts come up on the very small side so if you’re bigger than a size 14, tough luck!
Luís
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4.3
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.
Nick
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5.0
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.
Strava
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4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Race village extremely muddy.. Massive queues for baggage and toilets. But still a great day despite the weather
Geoff
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4.3
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
Laura
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5.0
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!
stephen
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4.7
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 great.to say u ran in london is amazing
Shelly
Star
4.3
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!
Lynda
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
This is a very well thought out and organised event. The course is great and the support from the crown is fantastic. I did find it difficult to move forward a lot of the time as too many people appear to misjudge how fast they can do this and faster runners find it very hard to get past them. Water stations were great but need to be on both sides for faster runners so that runners who don't want to stop can keep going easily. If there is a station to get to rather than Knightsbridge then use that as it get very congested.
Tim
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Great course but disappointed about the lack of energy drinks or promotional items for such a big event. It seemed to have sold out to the big sponsors
Lizz
Star
3.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
A really nice scenic run, well supported by charities. Plenty of water stations. The village should have had better flooring as rain made it too dangerous to walk in and meant everyone who used bag drop had soaking wet feet before the race and the state of the mud in return made it almost dangerous! Needed more floor coverings as this took all the fun out of the day. Tried to laugh it off but it was horrific and the weather had not been that bad and was predicted. Wouldn’t do it again but glad I have done it. Nice medal. Great goody bag etc.
Tim
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2.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Only ran through one park , just saw the rest as ran by them, totally buggered up the start as we stood on then start line for40 mins before starting, at least have dedicated start times for each wave
Becky
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5.0
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
Angus
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4.3
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.
Bizzy
Star
5.0
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
Charlie
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2017
Absolutely loved it - great day out! Beautiful weather and wonderful atmosphere! Would highly recommend.
Anna
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5.0
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
Ed
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4.7
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!
Beatrice
Star
5.0
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!
Chris
Star
4.7
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...
Charles
Star
5.0
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!
Ariana
Star
4.7
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.
4.6
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Logistics and schedule

Schedule

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.

Spectators

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.

Entertainment

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!

Activities

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.

Merchandise

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.

Volunteers

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

There are 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 the triumphant runners’ necks. 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.

How to get there

Hyde Park, London, UK

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Tube:

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.

Bus

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

Car:

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 http://www.tfl.gov.uk/.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
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.
FAQ
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.
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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: https://d178fu9mi2dmkb.cloudfront.net/resources/LDT_HalfMarathon_TrainingPlan.pdf
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