Frequently Asked Questions

General

The 2024 Royal Parks Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 13 October 2024. 

There are a few ways that you can run the Royal Parks Half.

  • We have a public ballot however this closed on Wednesday 9 February 2024.

  • Each year we have hundreds of charity partners who you are able to fundraise for by running the Royal Parks Half. Click here to view our charity partners with guaranteed entry.

  • 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. Click here to find out more.

The race will start and finish along South Carriage Drive in Hyde Park. This is also the location of our event village including bag drop. W3W: ///guard.tape.coach

You can view our route map from 2023 here but please note, there will be some changes along the route with our activations / water stations but the route will remain the same. We will share the 2024 official route in the summer months.

You must be at least 17 years old on Sunday 13 October 2024 (race day) to take part.

You can view our runner terms and conditions here

Ballot entry runners
You can transfer your place to a friend or family member if you're unable to attend the Royal Parks Half for a fee of £5.00.  
The transfer window is now open and you'll have until 26 August to complete the transfer. Once you've transferred your place, the new runner must complete their registration by 2 September at 17:00 as this is when our registration console closes. We will not be able to facilitate transfers after registration has closed and if registration is not complete by this time, the place will be lost.


You can access your participant dashboard via your original confirmation of entry email.

Charity and Corporate entry runners
You will need to contact your charity or corporate group admin to discuss your options.
 

You can update your details including your postal address and estimated finish time via your participant dashboard. A link to your participant dashboard was emailed to you when you completed your registration. 

This email was sent from info@royalparkshalf.com

Race day

We will post your race pack which will include your race number and timing chip as well as baggage label roughly 2 weeks before race day.

If you need to change your postal address, you can do so via your participant dashboard which was linked in your confirmation email. All changes must be made before Monday 2 September at 17:00. 

We are unable to post run packs outside of the UK. International participants will need to collect their race pack on site on either Saturday 12 October or pre race on Sunday 13 October. The location to collect your race pack will be available nearer the day however this will be within our event village in Hyde Park. 

You will be emailed your individual start time nearer to race day however start times are usually between 08:30 - 10:00.

We do not have a restriction on runners using headphones for our race. All we ask is that you're mindful of other runners and look out for our marshals for signals and follow signage. 

Yes, there will be four water stations on route this year and toilets at various points for you to use. We will also have plenty of toilets in our event village for use before and after the race.

We do not provide energy gels. If you have trained using energy gels or similar, you'll need to bring them with you on the day. 

We have a cut-off time of 4 hours after the last wave has started. 

Yes, there will be a bag drop available to participants on the day.

You will receive a baggage label in your race pack which you will need to attach to your bag before handing it in. This will match your race bib number. You'll need to show your race bib in order to collect your bag after the race.

Small backpacks will be accepted and we ask you to leave any valuables at home. 

Yes, we will have a digital event guide available nearer to race day with everything you need to know ahead of the race.

No, we do not have showers or changing facilities on site. 

Yes, a team of experienced pacers will be present at the event. They are identified by a large flag carried on their back, displaying their predicted finishing time.

2024 Ballot

The public ballot for the 2024 Royal Parks Half Marathon, presented by Royal Bank of Canada opened on Monday 29 January, and closed on Friday 9 February at 17:00.

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 £62 + £4.95 admin fee (£66.95 in total)

During ballot 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. 

 

The entry fee is £62 + £4.95 admin fee (£66.95 in total)

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

Each year we have hundreds of charity partners whom you can 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 champions. 

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

No, if you are successful in the ballot you can't choose to defer your ballot place for guaranteed entry to a later year.

The ballot closed on Friday 9 February at 17:00. 

The ballot closed on Friday 9 February at 17:00. Results were announced on Wednesday 14 February.

Successful participants had to confirm and register their place before Thursday 29 February.

If you paid your entry fee upfront and were unsuccessful in the first results, you'll be entered into the second-draw ballot. Results for the second ballot were announced on Wednesday 6 March and successful participants were required to register before Tuesday 11 March.

If you still have a question

You can get in touch with our customer services team