7 reasons why the Royal Parks Half might be the run for you | ActionAid UK

Whether you're a novice runner or a seasoned pro, the Royal Parks Half Marathon is quickly becoming London's favourite running event. Check out our top seven reasons why lacing up your running shoes could be the best decision you make this summer.

Festival finish in Hyde Park at the Royal Parks Half Marathon
Festival finish in Hyde Park at the Royal Parks Half Marathon

1. Enjoy the stunning London route

We think that this is THE most beautiful race in the UK. Running through London's beautiful royal parks and past world famous landmarks including the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, it's a great way of seeing British culture at its best - but without the crowds and queues.

2. Think how GOOD you'll feel

Among the many benefits of running a half marathon is it boosts your body's ability to slow down the aging process and boost cardiovascular ability. Your stress levels will drop and your mood will lift! Now how about that for a reason to run?

3. It ends with one big party

When is a run not just a run? When it ends with a big food and music festival in the park.There will be lots of food stalls for you, your friends and families to tuck into on race day. You will be treated to live music and entertainment on the main stage throughout the day.

4. The perfect excuse to get ALL the gear

Here's the excuse you were looking for to go out and buy some brand spanking new running gear, so on the day you feel like this guy...

5. It's eco-friendly to the max

The t-shirts are sustainably sourced from bamboo and recycled polyester. Any food left over from the spectacular food market is collected at the end of the event and given to those in need. Even your medal is made from FSC-certified European wood.

Royal Parks Half Marathon wooden medals

6. The exhilarating sense of accomplishment when you finish

This is a game-changer. You are running a half marathon and from this point onwards you are an elite athlete... right?!

7. You'll be changing lives for good

The best reason to join the ActionAid Royal Parks team this year is that your £350 sponsorship will go towards changing the lives of women and children around the world.

Your sponsorship will help fund projects like our work in Uganda, helping girls to stay in school and get the education they deserve. Now, that is quite the incentive.

Children running at Kalas Primary School, Uganda

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for your place with our amazing Royal Parks Half team!

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