2021 Royal Parks Half Marathon to have adapted route

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The 2021 Royal Parks Half Marathon will have a new route for the first time since 2015, organisers announced today.

The half marathon event will take place on Sunday, October 10 in London. Under the adapted route, runners will begin the race at the east end of The Mall, near the city’s landmark Admiralty Arch.

The new route will lead participants past a number of other landmarks, including Trafalgar Square, Canada House, the London Eye and the Palace of Westminster, which contains both Houses of Parliament. Runners will then run alongside Buckingham Palace before continuing into Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens for the section of the rate retained from previous years.

Persephone Deacon-Cole, Project Lead at The Royal Parks – the charity which organises the event – said the change in route had been made to ensure the event could go ahead while adhering to government guidelines and social distancing measures.

She added: 'That being said, the exciting part for us is that the race will now start on one of the most iconic roads in the world – The Mall. It’s an incredible way to welcome 16,000 runners back to our in-person event as they will have the chance to experience such an unforgettable backdrop as they start the race in front of Buckingham Palace.'

The Great North Run also recently announced an adapted route. That race will now start and finish in Newcastle, avoiding the race’s famous finish in South Shields. Like the organisers of the Royal Parks Half Marathon, the Great North Run’s Race Director Nigel Gough cited concerns around social distancing and the spread of Covid-19 as the reason for the change.

'Even as most restrictions are lifted, it makes sense to plan carefully to minimise the risk of transmission and ensure that this event can go ahead,' he said.

Although the ballot for places in the Royal Parks Half has now closed, runners can still secure a spot by signing up to run on behalf of one of the event’s 500 charity partners. Team places are also available in the Royal Bank of Canada Corporate 13.1, the team race within the Half Marathon.

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