Royal Parks Half Marathon
Sun 8 Oct 2023

Royal Parks Half Marathon

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  • Sun 8 Oct 2023

Royal Parks Half Marathon


Sign up £35

Fundraise £350

Age 17 & over


The Royal Parks Half Marathon has been called Britain's "most beautiful half marathon" by virtue of its blend of expansive parks decked in autumnal finery and the capital's iconic landmarks. With huge crowd support, a flat, fast course and a food festival at the finish line, there's something for everyone at this popular event.


  • Britain's 'most beautiful half marathon'

    Run through four of the eight Royal Parks; Hyde Park, The Green Park, St. James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.

  • World-famous landmarks of the capital

    Run past Buckingham Palace, The London Eye, The Houses of Parliament, the Royal Albert Hall and much more.

  • Multi-award-winning with green credentials

    Sustainability leads the way over the flat and fast course to the inspirational Food and Fitness Festival.

Event details

  • Event village
  • Families
  • Fancy dress
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators
  • Teams
  • Traders at event
  • Wheelchair users

Fundraising event

This award-winning event was set up as an annual fundraising initiative, raising sustainable funds for the Royal Parks to support London’s eight Royal Parks, and enabling charities of all sizes to be involved in a major challenge event.

Over the last twelve years the event has exceeded all expectations in raising £55 million for over 1,000 UK charities.

The money raised by the Royal Parks through this event helps to keep the magic of the Royal Parks alive through restoring monuments and playgrounds, teaching children about the natural world and caring for wildlife.


  • 2019 - The Running Award - Bronze for Best Half Marathon over 5,000 Participants 
  • 2018 - UK Sponsorship Awards - Most Effective Use Of Mass Participation Sponsorship
  • 2017 - Runner's World Personal Best Awards - Best New Race of the Decade
  • 2016 – Shortlisted at the BT Sport Industry Awards and Running Awards
  • 2013 – Third Sector Excellence Awards – Best Fundraising Event
  • 2011 – Event Awards – Best Outdoor Event
  • 2009 – Hollis Sponsorship Awards – Sponsorship Award (Charity & Community)
  • 2008 – Runner’s World Awards – Best New Event


  • Bag storage
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Entertainment
  • Music
  • Park
  • Toilets
  • Urban

Event HQ

Green Park
Greater London

The race now starts on the most iconic road in the world – The Mall. Arrive at The Green Park, as this is where the start village is located. You will go through the start village to access the race start, so do not head directly to The Mall itself. 


  • Distance markers
  • Entertainment
  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Marshals
  • Point to point
  • Toilets
  • Traffic free
  • Undulating
  • Water stations

The course is an iconic and picturesque half marathon race through four Royal Parks (Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park and The Green Park) and past some of the capital’s most historic landmarks. Although undulating in parts, the course is not hilly and is great for either experienced or first-time half marathon runners.

Route map

Pretty flat through central London on closed roads featuring four Royal Parks.

Route highlights

  • Wellington Arch
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Horse Guards Palace
  • Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
  • Somerset House
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Admiralty Arch
  • Marble Arch
  • Kensington Palace and Gardens
  • Royal Albert Hall


  • Bring your own cup
  • Plastic bottle free
  • Public transport links
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability policy
  • Trees not tees

Sustainability is at the top of the agenda! The aim is to make race day as green and sustainable as possible. Sixty-six percent of all waste from the event is recycled and now avoids landfill sites. More is being done with every event that is put on. It is important not only to protect the Parks but to reduce any impact on the wider world.

Environmental policy

The commitment is to make the event as sustainable as possible, whilst maintaining the high-quality race experience that you’d expect. The environmental policy details the steps to help achieve this. Partners, charities and runners are encouraged to follow the principles outlined in the policy.

Key principles

  • Plastic bottle free
  • Race shirts made from bamboo and recycled bottles
  • Plant a tree instead of collecting a finisher t-shirt
  • Medals made from FSC-certified Beech wood
  • Food waste from the festival is composted
  • Banana peels are composted in special banana bins
  • All cutlery is biodegradable
  • Unwanted clothing donated to Traid

Ditch the plastic

Runners are self-sufficient with their own hydration on-course with regular water refill points and compostable cups which help the event to be plastic bottle free. The Royal Parks Half was one of the first major half marathons in London to go plastic bottle free.

What's included

  • Chip timing
  • Eco medal
  • Eco t-shirt


  • Technical bamboo race shirt
  • Numbered race bib with timing chip
  • Uniquely designed wooden medal
Eco medal
Medals are made from FSC-certified Beech wood. The lanyards are made from recycled plastic bottles, and a split ring attachment to the wooden medal encourages re-use.


  • Fundraising materials
  • Fundraising support

If you’d like to join a charity team to secure one of their guaranteed entries, you'll need to fundraise.

There are lots of charities taking part ranging from those with large teams through to those with much smaller teams. Charities ask their runners to fundraise an agreed amount but fundraising targets will differ. Get in touch with a charity that resonates with you and fundraise for an incredible cause!


  • Age 17 & over
  • 16000 places
  • Ballot closed
  • Charity entries open
  • Ballot
  • Charity places
  • Enter online
  • Event merch available
  • Race pack by post

How to enter the Royal Parks Half Marathon

There are 2 ways to secure your place in this fantastic event:

  • Ballot entry - the ballot for 2023 will open in January
  • Charity place - join a charity team in 2023 and raise money for your favourite cause


Entering the ballot

Places in the event are allocated using a ballot system - the precise dates for 2023 are yet to be confirmed. All you need to do is fill in an application form and submit it before the deadline - you'll get a notification if you've been successful. Don't worry if you're not one of the lucky ones, you'll still be able to join a charity team to secure a place.

Charity places

If you'd prefer to run as part of a charity team or you weren't one of the lucky ballot applications, you can still secure your place at the start line with one of our charity partners. It's easy to find a charity you would like to run for on this page. You can order by:

  • Charity name
  • Charity cause (eg. cancer, disability, children, international, dementia etc)
  • Cheapest sign up
  • Lowest fundraising