FAQ

Is the race route the same as last year?

Yes, the course will continue to showcase iconic London 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, 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. 

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How do I enter the race?

You can enter the race through one of our amazing charity partners, by gathering your colleagues and entering our Corporate 13.1, or through one of our International Tour Operators!  

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How long is the course?

The half marathon course has been accurately measured by Jones Counting and is 13.1miles (21.0779km).

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Can I walk or ‘power walk’ the race?

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.

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Will I receive a t-shirt? Do I have to wear it?

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!

Please note that if you are running for one of our charity partners, they may also provide you with one of their own t-shirts – this helps them to identify you among the crowds so they can cheer you on, so please do consider wearing it.

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What accommodation is available near the route?

Please contact our race partner Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel, situated on Park Lane, adjacent to Hyde Park, or Visit London.

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Can I run with a child’s buggy?

For the safety of other runners, buggies are not permitted on the course.

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Is the course suitable for wheelchairs?

Unfortunately the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon is unable to accommodate wheelchair users.

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Can I run with headphones?

Yes, you may run with headphones, however please ensure you are aware of the runners around you, and also our marshals who may need to provide you with important information.

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PRESENTING PARTNER

  • Royal Bank of Canada

EVENT SPONSORS

  • Jarlsberg
  • Fitbit
  • Pret

EVENT PARTNERS

  • Grosvenor House
  • Runners need
  • Lucozade sport
  • TruBe
  • Virgin Money Giving

MEDIA PARTNERS

  • Coach
  • Women's Fitness
  • Heart