Royal Parks Half Marathon 2024
2024 Royal Parks Half Marathon Entries
The 2024 Royal Parks Half Marathon, presented by Royal Bank of Canada, will take place on Sunday 13 October. Viewed as one of the most beautiful half marathons in the world, the 13.1mile run leads its 16,000 participants through four of London’s eight Royal Parks, including Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. Internationally recognised London landmarks also form part of the race’s backdrop – with runners being in eye-shot of Trafalgar Square, the London Eye, Canada House and Buckingham Palace. The event starts and finishes in the world-famous Hyde Park.
Rated by Runners World UK as one of the 100 best races in the world (hand-picked by a panel of athletes and experts in 2022), the Royal Parks Half Marathon is one of the world’s most popular half marathons and sells out every year. As the Official International Travel Partner for 2024, we are delighted to partner with the event to offer guaranteed entry for international runners. We are unable to sell entries to UK runners.
Travelling from afar? Extend your trip and join us in Amsterdam for the Amsterdam Marathon Half or 8K on the 20th October!
Travel Package Information
Friday 11th October, 2024
Make your own arrangements to arrive at your hotel in London today. Usually, hotel rooms are ready to check in after 3pm. If you arrive early, then you can leave your luggage with the hotel and explore your surroundings while you wait for the room to be ready.
The rest of the day and evening is free for you to enjoy London at your leisure.
Saturday 12th October, 2024
Following a great nights sleep we invite you to enjoy breakfast in the hotel. Those on the two-night package will arrive today.
What about my race bib collection?
Royal Parks Half race pack including bib must be collected today from the race site in Hyde Park – exact location and opening hours are to be advised.
The rest of the day and evening is free for you to enjoy London at your leisure. Our hotels are conveniently located near to great sights, restaurants, cafes and landmarks, perfect for a light stroll.
Sunday 13th October, 2024
This is the day you have trained so hard for!
Take an early breakfast in the hotel before making your way to the race start, which is only a short distance away!
How do I get to the race start?
The Royal Parks Half start and finish area is along the south side of Hyde Park. Both the Copthorne Tara and The Rembrandt hotels are within walking distance. Staying at the Copthorne, you will enter through Kensington Gardens South-west of the park, and if you are staying at the Rembrandt hotel, just a 15 minutes walk north will see you access South Carriage drive, Hyde Park, from Knightsbridge. On arrival at the start please follow the instructions of the race officials.
After the race, make your way back to the hotel, freshen up, celebrate… You deserve it!
Monday 14th October, 2024
Unless you have booked extra nights with us then today, we ask that you check out of your room before 11 am, and we say thank you for joining us. It’s not goodbye but instead we’ll see you next time as we hope you will join us for another Marathon Tours and Travel Experience.
Packages & Rates
Royal Park Half Marathon Options
Hotel and Entry for International Runners
As the Official International Travel Partner for the Royal Parks Half Marathon, we are pleased to offer guaranteed entry for international runners as part of a hotel package of 2 or more nights. Unfortunately we cannot sell to runners from the UK.
What you get with Marathon Tours and Travel
Marathon Tours and Travel Royal Parks Half Marathon package includes:
- Marathon Tours and Travel Royal Parks Half Marathon package includes;
- Race entry to the balloted Royal Parks Half Marathon
- Guidance and support from Marathon Tours & Travel team
- 4-star Hotel Accommodation near to race start
- A choice between stays for 2 or 3 nights
- Daily breakfasts
- Hotel taxes
Depending on the length of stay you have booked with us you might arrive before or depart on different days to the itinerary listed on this page. The itinerary listed reflects our 3-night package.
International Running Tour Operators
As the Official International Travel Partner for the Royal Parks Half Marathon, we are pleased to offer guaranteed entry for the event to international tour operators. We can offer hotels, guaranteed entries, airport transfers, guide services and much more. Please contact us to discuss all options.
About The Royal Parks Half Marathon
Viewed as one of the most beautiful half marathons in the world, the 13.1 mile run leads its 16,000 participants through four of London’s eight Royal Parks, including Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. Internationally recognised London landmarks also form part of the race’s backdrop – with runners being in eye-shot of Trafalgar Square, the London Eye, Canada House and Buckingham Palace. Starting and finishing in Hyde Park.
The Royal Parks Half was created in 2008 and is a spectacular Half Marathon in central London – the first and only one of its kind. The stunning 21km/ 13.1 mile route takes in the capital’s world-famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. The 2024 Royal Parks Half Marathon, presented by Royal Bank of Canada will take place on Sunday 13 October.
This award-winning event was set up as an annual fundraising initiative, raising sustainable funds for the Royal Parks to support London’s eight Royal Parks, and enabling charities of all sizes to be involved in a major challenge event. The event has exceeded all expectation in raising £60 million for over 1,200 UK charities, including the Royal Parks, GOSH, and Mind.
The Royal Parks as a charity, relies on important donations and events, with the Royal Parks Half being a key source of income for London’s beautiful Royal Parks. Through this event, the money raised helps to keep the magic of the Royal Parks alive through restoring monuments and playgrounds, teaching children about the natural world and caring for wildlife.
Weather: Temperatures can range from 55F to 80F.
Eligibility: The field is limited to 16,000 runners.
Awards: All finishers receive a medal.
Guaranteed Entry for International Runners
Royal Parks Half Marathon is an extremely popular event and operates a lottery system for entry. Chances of securing a place via the lottery is 1 in 7, the results are usually announced in February. Marathon Tours and Travel is proud to be the Official International Travel Partner for the Royal Parks Half Marathon. As part of a travel package with a hotel stay in London, we offer guaranteed entry to international runners for this sell-out event without the need to enter the ballot. We welcome runners from all countries, except we cannot sell to UK runners.
You’re in Safe Hands
Your travel package is financially protected by ABTA. Whether you are running or supporting, we have an expert team to ensure your trip runs smoothly.
If your event is cancelled or postponed, we will refund the travel and hotel elements of your booking or give you the option to move it to the new date or another event. Terms and conditions apply.
Registration & Booking
How to Book
To make your booking, follow the ‘Book Now’ button. Once at checkout please ensure that you select the correct number of rooms and types for all members in your party plus all the required extras. You will need to add an entry to your basket to receive an email invite to complete your registration on the Royal Parks Half Marathon website. If you do not add an entry to your booking, you will not be added to the runner portal.
If you are not running the race, you can select the non-runner discount to add to your basket.
When you book, we will require a deposit to confirm your place.
When you confirm your booking, we will take a deposit payment. Subsequent payments are taken automatically. The cost of the event entry is non-refundable.
Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for UK’s current entry restrictions and requirements. Advice for the UK is available here – UK travel advice
Travel insurance is an essential part of any holiday you take, and we highly recommend that you purchase suitable insurance for your trip. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in running events in the UK.
Only persons who will be aged 17 years or above on the date of the Royal Parks Half Marathon (Sunday 8 October 2023) may register for the Event.
Conditions of Sale
Please note we cannot sell race entry without accommodation package and we cannot sell race entries to residents of the UK.
When you buy your package with us, your entry is included as part of the package. A non-runner reduction will be given to spectators.
Royal Parks Half Marathon Terms of Participation
There are some terms of participation that you should be aware of, these can be read and downloaded from here
Please read the Terms for participation carefully, as you have to accept them to participate in the event.
The Royal Parks Half Marathon are committed to delivering as green and sustainable a race as possible, with an aim to reach a net-zero by 2027. At present sixty-six percent of all waste from the event is recycled with further plans being made to do more with every event. To find out more about the work that’s being done to make this event as eco-friendly as possible, while maintaining a high-quality race experience, we recommend you read their Environmental Policy, which you can find on their website.