Race Day: 11 April 2021


Why is there a second public ballot for the 2020 Royal Parks Half Marathon?

Due to the situation regarding the current Covid-19 pandemic and the associated restrictions, we made the decision in June to postpone the 2020 Royal Parks Half Marathon, presented by Royal Bank of Canada, from Sunday 11 October 2020 to Sunday 11 April 2021. As a result, a limited number of places have now become available in the April race. We therefore wanted to provide you with a one-off, additional opportunity to secure your place on the start line, in what we believe is the fairest way possible.

When will the September ballot open?

The ballot for the 2020 Royal Parks Half Marathon, presented by Royal Bank of Canada, will open on Wednesday 16 September 2020. It will close on Wednesday 23 September at 5pm, giving you 7 days to enter. Entrants are limited to one entry each. No bulk or third-party entries will be accepted, and duplicate entrants will be disqualified.

When will the ballot results be announced?

We will get in touch with you by email on Friday 25 September 2020 to let you know if you've been allocated a place. Please remember to check your email on that day, including spam and junk folders. If you're successful, you'll need to act quickly and follow our instructions to confirm your place by 5 pm Friday 2 October 2020. 

If I am successful in the ballot, how do I secure my place?

To secure your place you need to follow the link we email to you and complete your registration before 5 pm Friday 2 October 2020.

If I did not get a place in the ballot, can I still take part?

Yes you can! If you're not fortunate enough to secure a public race place, you can definitely still run by contacting one of our many charity partners or by entering as a corporate team.

Is there the option to pay upfront in this ballot?

Unlike the official Royal Parks Half Marathon public ballot that takes place annually in January, there is no option to pay upfront. Participants will only be asked to pay if they are successful in the ballot. Payment is required to complete your registration.