Everything you need to know about running and watching the Royal Parks Half Marathon

everything you need to know about the royal parks half marathon

Whether you’re running or spectating at the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday 14 October, we’ve got all the information you need to run or support on the big day.

One of London’s biggest half marathons, The Royal Parks Half Marathon takes in some of the city’s most famous landmarks and, as it's name suggests, four of London’s eight Royal Parks, as runners move through Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.

What is the start time of the Royal Parks Half Marathon?

The Royal Parks Half Marathon starts at 9.00am. The race village opens at 7.30am for bag drop. The warmup will start at 8.30am and all runners should enter the start funnels by 8.40am – the colour of the start funnel matches that on your race number.

What’s the easiest way to get to the start line?

For runners and spectators alike, the easiest way to get to the start/finish line and avoid the road closures on the day is to use the underground. Hyde Park Corner and Knightsbridge are the nearest tube stations. Hyde Park Corner is a 15 minute walk away and on the Piccadilly line. Knightsbridge is a 10 minute walk away and is also on the Piccadilly line.

Marble Arch and Lancaster Gate tube stations on the central line are both a 25 minute walk away from the start area.

By bus, take the 6, 7, 10, 16, 52, 73, 390 or 141 if you’re travelling from the north of London to the start line and 2, 36 or 137 from the south. From the west of London, take the 9, 10, 14, 19, 22, 52, 74, 148, or 414 and from the east, take the 30, 38 or 274. It’s worth checking before you travel as road closures may affect some of these bus routes.

There isn’t any parking at the event, so runners and spectators are advised not to drive.

What is the route?

The route is the same as previous years, starting and finishing on South Carriage Drive in Hyde Park. The map of the course can be found below:

what is the route for the royal parks half marathon

How can spectators track runners at the Royal Parks Half Marathon?

It’s a good idea to give family and friends a copy of the map beforehand, and tell them to download the official Royal Parks Half Marathon 2018 app. This will allow them to follow your progress on the day and is available on Apple and Android. Organisers are advising spectators download the app before the day, as there will be limited signal in the park.

What is the weather going to be like on race day?

According to accuweather.com and BBC weather, the weather looks to be between 13 and 15 degrees. With a small chance of rain, conditions look good for race day.

As with any race, it’s not advisable to wear anything new on race day. Runners should be warm enough during the race to run in shorts and a t-shirt, but it’s worth bringing layers to wear to the start line and on your way home.

what is the weather going to be for the royal parks half marathon

What else do runners need to know before getting to the start line?

When it comes to race day running tips, it’s important to make sure you don’t run off too fast and pace yourself correctly throughout the race - here’s how to make sure your half marathon pacing goes to plan.

In the days before and the morning of the Royal Parks Half Marathon, it’s important to make sure you fuel yourself properly. From carb loading to your race day breakfast, here’s exactly what to eat before the Royal Parks Half Marathon. 

The final bit of all-important prep will be getting your race bag ready, here’s 4 things to make sure you’ve included in your post-race bag

Will there be pacers at the Royal Parks Half Marathon? 

There will be pacers throughout the course. We've put a guide together on getting your pacing right at this busy half marathon here. 

How is Royal Parks Half Marathon encouraging runners to be ‘green’?

As well as teaming up with Runners Need for the Recycle My Run scheme, the Royal Parks half marathon are also reducing plastic throughout the event – two water stations on the course will give out compostable cups, and runners will receive a 500ml carton of water at the finish line instead of a plastic bottle. There will also be no sports gels on the course this year, so runners are being encouraged to bring their own if they have trained with them. 

The race medal itself is made from Beech wood, rather than metal and the goody bags at the finish line will be made from reusable cloth, not plastic.

What celebrities can I expect to spot?

Alongside the 16,000 runners on the start line will be a few famous faces. This year’s line up includes Jo Whiley, Chris Evans, Sophie Raworth, Katie Piper, Alice Living, and Love Island 2018 constants Laura Crane and Charlie Brake.