Royal Parks Half offers unique digital experience
Postponed event is now virtual only on 11 April 2021
Jess Dellow (above) displays the joy of finishing the 2018 Royal Parks Half Marathon in 2:13:32 while raising funds for Alzheimer's Research. There was a record 16,000 finishers, which was maintained for the 12th edition of this spectacular race on 13 October 2019.
The unlucky 13th iteration was first postponed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, from October last year to 11 April 2021 but now, for one year only, The Royal Parks Half presented by Royal Bank of Canada is coming to you on (drum roll)...Sunday 11 April 2021.
Highlights of this unique event, described by the organisers as: “an unparalleled digital running experience”, include visual and audio cues from the Royal Parks Half Marathon course; special premium medal and events bag; guaranteed entry to a future Royal Parks Half for raising over £175 for charity and the opportunity to support local and national charities by running your event in your own way.
Since the first Royal Parks Half Marathon in 2008, the event has raised nearly £50 million for over 1,000 UK charities, including the Royal Parks, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, GOSH, Mind and Tommy's. It is vital this fundraising continues as charities have suffered throughout the pandemic. And that's where you come in as a runner with purpose and a cause. Sign up and run the distance safely, close to your home, with groundbreaking digital support.
Working with a customised app, the Royal Parks Half will provide runners with as much of a race day experience as possible by using digital integrations. Through the app, runners will experience the atmosphere of race day through audio cues and augmented reality that will bring the iconic course to life as they run in their local area.
To recreate the event experience, race morning will incorporate an online warm-up and messages of support from notable faces before the race officially gets underway at 9:00am. Runners are encouraged to find open space and connect with nature, all whilst following the latest government guidance on social distancing.
After you complete the race and submit your time through the app, your finisher's shirt that will commemorate this unique year will be sent to you. There will be an interactive leader board during the race, and upon completing the Half Marathon runners will have their times registered on the Royal Parks Half app.
Enter at Royal Parks Half Marathon here
Previous results at runABC South here
Image: Royal Parks Half Marathon press office