Date: Sunday 9 October 2016
Distance: 13.1 Miles
Minimum Fundraising: £350
Apply for a guaranteed place to run for Tommy's in 2016. Entry is free but a minimum sponsorship of £350 (excl gift aid) to cover our costs for this race is required.
Let us know if you already have your place in the 2016 race. Once you register we can give you full access to our fundraising materials. This requires no minimum sponsorship - just raise as much as you can!
About the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon
Starting and finishing in Hyde Park, the 13.1 mile route takes runners through four of London’s most beautiful parks; Hyde Park, St James's Park, Kensington Gardens and Green Park. As you run you will be inspired by great views of iconic London landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Marble Arch, the London Eye, the Royal Albert Hall and the Palace of Westminster.
Around 16,500 runners including some celebrity names will participate in this exciting event, and around 40,000 supporters and spectators are expected. With our 'Golden Oak' charity involvement, Tommy’s will have a marquee to provide a convenient meeting point for you, your family and friends right next to the Food and Fitness Festival. There will also be plenty of activities for the kids, including a Peppa Pig 'meet and greet', an obstacle course challenge, Theatre Tots roving puppets and Dantastic - The children's entertainer! Our supporters will be there to cheer you on along the route.
Environmental impact is obviously a key concern to the organisers of the Royal Parks Half so they've taken serious steps to ensure sustainability; water bottles and race shirts are made from recycled materials and any surplus food or clothing at the end of the event is donated to charities.
Every runner is presented with a leaf shaped medal upon reaching the end created by master craftsman Mark Wilkinson from an old Oak Burr in Richmond Park!
How Tommy's will support you
Whether you run with your own place, or a Tommy's guaranteed place, you'll get first class care!
- Fundraising support, materials, ideas and tips
- Dedicated contact at Tommy's, who will give you one to one support all the way
- Huge cheers on the day from our Tommy's cheering teams
- Top quality breathable running vest
- Ability to chat to other Tommy's runners via facebook
- Cheering sticks to give your supporters for race day.
What our runners say about us
A huge thank you to you too. The organisation throughout was fantastic and the support during the route was so good, it really kept me going when it got tough! Thank you to everyone! I really enjoyed it yesterday and would even consider doing it again (I must be mad!) — Anna Clarke
'Its great to be representing Tommy's — a fantastic charity — and wonderful to have had such marvellous assistance, communication, and encouragement from the team at Tommy's' — Martin Firth
'I just wanted to thankyou and the team at Tommy's for all the support you have provided. You have been really firendly and helpful; it was a real privilege to run for such a worthy cause. The Tommy's team in the crowd were amazing — a real boost when I needed it at the end' — Alex Dulewicz
'Thank you so much for the support, it has been an amazing experience. I have run for various other charities and none of them have offered the support that Tommy's have. Thank you so much' — Mark Richardson
'It was a brilliant day, but made better with your encouragement and organisation in the preceeding months' — Derran Llewellyn
Our cheering stations at the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon
We have cheering stations at this race. Details will be uploaded to this page and emailed to Tommy's runners closer to the event.
Download your half marathon training guide
This guide will help you prepare and train for your half marathon, including advice on what clothes to wear, food to eat and exercises to do.This training plan provides an exercise timetable for those new to half marathons as well as those with a few under their belt.
Fundraising hints and tips
Your friends and family will probably sponsor you once you've set up your fundraising page, but to raise the maximum amount of money for our life-saving work, you could also think about organising a pub quiz, having a raffle or asking a local school to run a non-uniform day...
Social media can help you build a real buzz around your event. These channels work best when you make them personal. Be yourself and talk to your friends and followers as you would in person.
Get extra support for your event and help raise awareness of Tommy's' research and information programmes...easy!!!
Find out more about how to get your valuable donations to the team at Tommy's.
There are loads of ways that you can raise money for Tommy's research. Here are just a few to inspire you!
Tommy's top fundraising tips
There are a few simple guidelines to take into consideration when organising events for charity. If you’re in any doubt please contact us for advice.