London is not a city lacking in great running events. To stand out from the crowd, London must offer something very special. The Royal Parks Half Marathon offers the most scenic course you can find at an event in the city center. The route passes through four of the eight Royal Parks in London.
We have a detailed guide to this trail below, based on our experience of conducting the event in two of the last three years. But before we get to that, you need to know when the race is taking place and how you can participate and train.
When is the Royal Parks Half Marathon?
The 2019 race will take place on Sunday, October 13, from 9 o'clock. The event is always held at this time of the year, making it the only fall half marathon event in central London.
Royal Parks Half Marathon Conditions of Participation
Due to its popularity, it is necessary to vote to win a seat in the race, usually at the beginning of the year. The poll for the 201
You can also run for a charity to race later in the year. See the Royal Parks Half Marathon website for a list of charities for which seats are available.
When should you start exercising?
If you complete a half-marathon, that's not the case of easy feat, and even if you're already a regular runner, you should prepare for the event for three to four months. Ideally, you should start preparing in mid-June. We have a set of 16-week half-marathon training plans that can help you achieve a range of goals.
However, we know that this is not an ideal world Have training plans for 10 and 12 weeks to prepare you for the race day, even if you started training late. If you're training for the 2019 Royal Parks Half Marathon, you should start the 12-week plans on July 21 and the 10-week plans on August 4. 
Where does the race start and end?
The race begins and ends on South Carriage Drive, the road that runs along the south side of Hyde Park.
How to Get Started
We're not sure if there's a simpler race than the Royal Parks Half Marathon. The Event Village, where you drop your bag before heading to the start, is just a short walk from several Tube stations in London: Drive to Hyde Park Corner or Knightsbridge on the Piccadilly Line or Marble Arch or Lancaster Gate with the Central Line. And if you prefer to stay above the earth, a variety of bus lines pass by the start.
Royal Parks Half Marathon Course Guide
Although the course is flat enough to be PB-friendly, it has many twists and turns, especially in the second half, so you'll have to watch out when you're on looking for a new record to run over the bends.
In the first half of the race you will be walking from Hyde Park to Aldwych and back again. En route you will pass Green Park and St James's Park, as well as other London landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and Nelson's Column. In this part of the race, there are some long, straight sections where you have some space to run. This is useful in the second half of the race when the large amount and the winding track can cause congestion.
After going back and forth, it's just before the 10-kilometer mark in Hyde Park. The next few kilometers have runners on either side of the road pointing in opposite directions, and as a result, crowds crowd the sides of the course. Benefit from this support – you will need it.
The route winds from about 10 km to 20 km around Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. The support is becoming more sporadic at this time, but even in 2018, when it rained most of the morning, there were still many people in the crowd. However, be careful when running in a pack in this section as the paths sometimes become narrow and you may be forced into the grass at some corners.
The home stretch at the Royal Parks Half Marathon may be the most daunting Since it's over a mile long, you should definitely play it safe and not start sprinting right after you reach the finish line. Do not even look at the finish line, because it seems she's not coming closer. Instead, keep an eye on the signs labeled "800m / 400m / 200m to go" to make sure that you are actually making progress towards the end.