Race Day: 13 October 2019

Royal Parks Half breaks £6 million in charity fundraising

30 November 2018

Following another successful Royal Parks Half Marathon, presented by Royal Bank of Canada, £6.1 million was raised for charity in 2018. This is a record amount for the half marathon, which was created in 2008 as a fundraiser both for The Royal Parks and for its other charity partners.

“We are thrilled that the race continues to have such an important impact on our charity partners. The core of the Royal Parks Half is the incredible causes that our runners support through their tenacity, dedication, and training,” says Project Lead at the Royal Parks, Persephone Deacon-Cole.

This year, the Royal Parks Half saw the largest charity field since its inception with 556 charities taking part. 65% of runners chose to run for a charitable cause. The charities vary in size from the Golden Oaks – GOSH, Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, and Mind – who have up to 500 runners each, to smaller charities that may only have a handful of participants.

“Allowing all charities, no matter the size, to join the Royal Parks Half as a partner is a key strategy in ensuring all charities have the opportunity to have a challenge events team in the race,” says Deacon-Cole. "We hope to continue to grow our charity field and the fundraising amount raised in 2019.”

Charity places for the Royal Parks Half 2019 go on sale Tuesday 4 December. To learn more about how to become a charity partner, visit royalparkshalf.com/if-you-are-a-charity/. Virgin Money Giving are the official fundraising partner for the Royal Parks Half Marathon. They are 100% not-for-profit and for every £10 raised through Virgin Money Giving, your charity will receive £12.16 (with Gift Aid reclaimed).

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