4 gorgeous parks featured in the Royal Parks Half
The stunning 13.1 mile closed-road route takes in not only London’s world-famous landmarks, but four of London’s eight beautiful Royal Parks; Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.
Since 2008, over 128,000 runners have crossed the finish line, raising over £36M for nearly 1,000 charities. The route is designed to get the best out of the four featured Royal Parks, optimising their beauty not just for runners but for spectators too.
We’ll be taking a look at the stunning Royal Parks featured in Central London’s now-iconic half marathon, to help inspire your decision to sign up for next year’s event!
Created in 1536 by Henry VIII for hunting, Hyde Park is host to over 4,000 trees, the Serpentine Lake, a meadow and ornamental flower gardens.
The Green Park
Home to numerous memorials, fountains and statues, The Green Park is the smallest of the eight Royal Parks. It also forms an important link between Hyde Park and St James’s Park, the next section of the half marathon course.
St James’s Park
Sitting at the heart of ceremonial London, St James’s Park is the setting for spectacular pageants like Trooping the Colour. The park is surrounded by Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, St James's Palace and Westminster.
Featuring in the final couple of miles of the Royal Parks Half, Kensington Gardens are the setting for Kensington Palace, the birthplace of Queen Victoria.
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