Bigger and better than ever before

18 October 2012


Record numbers participated today in the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, plus the 50km Ultra Ultra, launched that day, in partnership with Scope.

Over 12,500 runners from 30 countries turned out to race through the capital's historic green spaces, keen to experience the most beautiful city run in the world.  The Half Marathon has raised more than £11million for 365 different partner charities in its first four years, and this year will significantly boost that total.

The 50km Ultra, developed by The Royal Parks Foundation in partnership with Scope, took runners on a picturesque route through London, winding its way along Thames tow paths, across south west London and through Richmond Park, to  finish in Bushy Park, Henry VIII’s old hunting ground near Hampton Court. 

Young people also played their part, with Pulse3K, a 3km run through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens for 11-16 year olds. Nearly 500 young people raced past the Royal Albert Hall to finish to the cheers of the crowds gathered on South Carriage Drive, where they were rewarded with unique wooden medals and refreshed with water and Fairtrade bananas.

All in all, Sunday 7 October 2012 was an action-packed day for everyone! Take a peek to see how the whole day unfolded and if you feel inspired, register your interest for 2013!

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