On Sunday 9 October 12,500 runners came from across the UK and 30 countries around the world to race through the streets of London in our hugely popular Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon with 40,000 spectators and supporters cheering on the participants.
A wealth of celebrities took on the half marathon challenge with Nell McAndrew, dressed as a forest fairy, the first to finish with an impressive time of 1hour 25 minutes and 20 seconds. She was closely followed by Sky Sports presenter Charlie Webster with a time of 1hour 49 minutes and 59 seconds. Other famous faces appearing amid the crowd of runners included Adrian Moorhouse, Mark Goodier, Jonny Searle and soap star Angela Griffin.
The half marathon field also included 17 runners over the age of 70, as well as dozens of charity entrants in a range of costumes, including a dragon, a panda and even a giant squirrel!
This year’s Pulse3K race for 11-16 year olds was the largest field to date with almost 400 young registrants from 209 schools. The new route started in Hyde Park and took participants on a 3km course into Kensington Gardens before finishing under the main Half Marathon gantry to the cheers of the crowd.
Renowned for its carnival like atmosphere, race day also featured a family friendly Food & Fitness Festival in Hyde Park for the 40,000 spectators. Visitors sampled delicious gastronomic delights throughout the day and took part in a number of taster sports activities including Badminton, Parkour, Fencing, and an Army Assault Course. Live music on the main stage from the cabaret theatre inspired act, The Ruby Dolls and soulful band The Musgraves proved hugely popular too for runners relaxing after their race.
The ballot for next year’s Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon will open on Wednesday 18 January 2012.
To receive information about the ballot launch register interest for the 2012 race on the Royal Parks Half Marathon website.
10 October 2011