The ballot has closed for this year’s Royal Parks Half Marathon presented by Royal Bank of Canada, but runners can still get a place on the start line by running for one of the 500 charities who will benefit from the event this year.

In its first 10 years, the Royal Parks Half has remained focused on its charitable aims and credits much of its success to its many charity partnerships. The race has now raised in excess of £36 million since 2008 for its participating charities.

Whilst charities of all sizes have benefitted, the Royal Parks Half has contributed enormously to the continued efforts of its “Golden Oak” charity partners, which this year are Great Ormond Street Hospital, Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Mind and The Royal Parks.

In 2017 Macmillan Cancer Support raised an incredible £300,000 through working with the Royal Parks Half Marathon. This could allow Macmillan to fund four physical activity programmes, helping thousands of people living with cancer in the UK to get active and stay active. For people affected by cancer, staying active is critically important to improving their wellbeing, and has been proven to increase people’s chances of surviving. With 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK today, and this number predicted to rise, every penny raised from the Royal Parks Half Marathon makes a big impact at Macmillan.

For Mind, the Royal Parks Half Marathon is one of the most important and popular events in their fundraising calendar. The charity is hoping that this year its runners will bring the total raised for Mind since the Royal Park Half Marathon’s inception to a staggering £2 million. Every penny raised goes to support the one in four of us who experience a mental health problem each year. Mind does this by helping over 16 million people through its award-winning information services, which includes extensive online advice and free guides on all aspects of mental health. Additionally, their Infoline and legal line provide confidential advice responding to over 76,000 enquiries each year.

“The Royal Parks Half has become one of the most popular events in the running calendar. It allows runners to experience the beauty and history of Central London first hand, taking in four magnificent Royal Parks,” says Clare Bowen of The Royal Parks. “Many people don’t realise they have a second chance to run the race even if they didn’t get in through the ballot. And by running for a charity close to your heart, you’ll be helping others, as well as conquering a huge personal challenge – it’s a win-win situation. ”

The event also continues to promote its green credentials and sustainable ethos. In 2017, every plastic bottle used on the course and 58% of waste from the food festival was recycled. In addition, 891kg of discarded clothing was saved from going to a landfill site and sustainable materials are used throughout all aspects of the event including bamboo and recycled polyester shirts, wooden medals and banana composting bins, to name just a few.

To secure a charity place you should sign up as soon as possible via