In 2008 we created a spectacular Half Marathon in central London – the first and only one of its kind. The stunning 13.1 mile route takes in the capital’s world-famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. We, like all of our runners, want to see the best of London’s city and parks, so our fantastic event goes beyond just running 13.1 miles, as we design the day so that spectators have as much fun as the runners themselves.
This is a brilliant half that mixes the best of central London with really beautiful park running. It's well supported and organised and there are a lot of participants with a really nice vibe all round. The second half of the race is all in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens which is really beautiful and feels very chilled out compared to the street running section that dominates the first part of the race. A brilliant event but you have to get in the ballot and be lucky enough to take part, or run for a charity.
Amazing run across Westminster bridge right under Big Ben, along the embankment and around Hyde park. Really well organised event. Thousands of runners of all different levels (I'm pretty slow but wasn't the slowest!) All on pavement/road. Very flat course so could be quite a fast race - good for setting a PB! So many supporters which was really amazing especially around Hyde Park which is the second half of the race.
I absolutey loved the Royal Parks Half Marathon, the first three miles went by in a flash and running down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace was my highlight. The loops round Hyde Park were hard but all in all I loved every single second.
Great London half marathon - a must for your running bucket list. Well organised, great scenery (passed iconic landmarks), fab support and wonderful medal (it's all about the bling)!
The event is well organised. The pack and information is really useful and arrives in plenty of time. The course is good along Whitehall and the strand as it offers shade on sunnier days. I did enjoy going over Westminster bridge on previous occasions. I really like the running outside of Hyde park. The run when in Hyde park and kensington gardens is the hard part. the path goes back on itself, which is always hard mentally. The path from 10 miles to 12 is really wiggly and not as much fun as the first half of the race - can you close more roads? Makes it easier.
1st time running this route and hopefully won't be my last! Great sights to be seen and then the scenic parks themselves. Only slight negative was the queues for the goodies - some people were coming out with more items than a weeks worth of groceries from Tesco...