Frequently Asked Questions

2023 Ballot

The 2023 Royal Parks Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 8 October 2023. 

The public ballot for the 2023 Royal Parks Half Marathon, presented by Royal Bank of Canada will open on 31 January!

You can register your interest here and we'll get in touch on the day it opens to remind you.

Yes, you can enter the ballot completely free and it only takes a couple of minutes. There is an option to Pay Now if you wish to be entered into the ‘second-chance’ draw, however, this is optional and does not influence the first draw ballot results.  

The entry fee is £59 + £4.95 admin fee (£63.95 in total)

During registration, all entrants have the option to ‘Pay Now’ or ‘Pay Later’ 

Pay Now 

This does not guarantee you a place in the race. The benefit of paying up-front is that if you do not receive a race place through the first ballot draw, you will then be entered into the "second chance" draw for any unallocated places.  

If you are then unsuccessful in the "second chance" draw, your entry fee becomes a donation to The Royal Parks. 

The Royal Parks is the charity that conserves and enhances London’s eight Royal Parks, now and for the future.

Find out more about the charity that your donation will help support here

Pay Later  

You’ll be entered into the first ballot draw only, and if successful, you’ll be invited to complete your registration and complete payment to confirm your place. 

Yes, you are still able to participate in the Royal Parks Half! 

Each year we have hundreds of charity partners who you are able to fundraise for by running the Royal Parks Half.

The Royal Bank of Canada Corporate 13.1 is the corporate race in the Royal Parks Half and each year 100+ companies create teams and race to become corporate champion. 

Many teams take on this challenge to bring the company together and fundraise for their charity of choice. 

Unfortunately not. If you are successful in the ballot you will not be able to defer your entry to a later year.  

You can transfer your place to a friend or family member if you are unable to attend The Royal Parks Half for a small fee. This will need to be done via email and details will be given after the ballot registration closes. The final date for changes will be given after the ballot registration has closed and we will not be able to facilitate transfers after that date has passed. 

On average, there is a 1 in 7 chance of securing a place in the ballot. 

You must be at least 17 years old on Sunday 8 October 2023 (race day) to take part.

The ballot will close on Thursday 9 February. 

The ballot will close on Thursday 9 February. Results will be announced on Monday 13 February. 

Successful participants will need to register their place before Monday 20 February.

If you paid your entry fee upfront and were unsuccessful in the first results, you'll be entered in to the second-draw ballot with results being announced on Wednesday 22 February and successful participants will need to register before Tuesday 28 February.

If you still have a question

You can get in touch with our customer services team