Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon unveils new route for 2015

The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon provides runners with a great opportunity to get a unique view of the capital.

Changes at this year's Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon on Sunday 11th October will see runners starting the race along the full length of Whitehall, up to Parliament Square and within metres of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, before they loop back towards Trafalgar Square.

The Strand is a new addition to the route, with runners making their way from Trafalgar Square to the Aldwych before they head back towards King Charles Island and then through Admiralty Arch onto the Mall. At this point they will re-join the familiar route and run towards Buckingham Palace.

The new route has been devised to avoid the Embankment, where the Cycle Superhighway will soon be under construction. In previous years, runners have entered the Victoria Embankment from Westminster Bridge and run along the river to Temple, before U-turning and making their way back along the Embankment to Horse Guards Avenue.

The 13.1 mile run will be held on closed roads in four of London’s eight Royal Parks: Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. 

The ballot for this year’s race has now closed; but there are still a number of charity and corporate places available. 

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