On your marks... for Royal Parks!
The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon
6th October 2013
Look how much fun Team Bones had in 2012!
|Date||6th October 2013|
|Distance||13.1 Miles (Half Marathon)|
|Location||Hyde Park, London|
Do you want to be one of the 12,500 runners who will race in Britain's most beautiful city run? If so, sign up now with BCRT and be part of Team Bones 2013.
The route takes you through four Royal Parks and will inspire you with superb views of Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Marble Arch and the Royal Albert Hall.
To help you along the route there will be lots of Team Bones supporters ready to cheer you on as you run past.
Team Bones runners and supporters will be invited to the fantastic Team Bones Party at the Hyde Park Tennis Centre. A great place to meet up and celebrate with fellow runners, cheering squad members, family and friends.
Places sold out in this event quickly last year, so do secure your place early.
You can apply for a guaranteed place online now.
The ballot for public race places in the 2013 event is now closed.
If you have secured your place for the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, we'd love you to join our team of runners raising money for Bone Cancer Research Trust. Please fill in your details and we will add you to Team Bones and you will receive all of the support mentioned below.
You'll get first class care from us!We will support you all the way with:
- A dedicated contact at BCRT, who will give you one to one support all the way
- Fundraising support, materials, ideas and tips
- A professional Team Bones running vest
- Access to professional training plans
- Huge cheers on the day from the BCRT cheering team
- Team Bones Party to celebrate your success
- Cheering sticks to give your supporters for race day
Ali LewisYou may recognise Ali from the inspirational programme 'Alex: A Life Fast Forward', which aired on BBC3 in July 2011. Having only run one 10k before, the Royal Parks was a big challenge for Ali, but running it in memory of her husband helped her to reach the finish line and she well and truly smashed her fundraising target, raising £4,448.80 for BCRT. Ali told us; "Although the run was physically and mentally hard, knowing what Alex went through and how proud he would have been of me made me push through and run the whole way. It was the most amazing feeling to take part in the race for BCRT, especially because I ran with friends and family who were all running in memory of Alex."
Tom WhitcombeTom, a natural athlete, took on the Royal Parks challenge and raised £361 in support of his good friend Henry O'Lone who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2007. Henry told us, "The day was brilliant and Anne Marie (Tom's girlfriend) and I came armed with our cheering sticks, Lucozade tablets and hot cups of tea to cheer him on. We ended up seeing him three times around the course and got a nice walk all around Hyde Park at the same time. I was touched when he offered to run for BCRT especially the London Marathon this year too. I'm going to run Royal Parks next year now – there was such a buzz!"
Agi GrigoriadisAgi is one of the fantastic people who has been funded by BCRT to do research into bone cancer. Meeting young bone cancer patients at the BCRT Conference in July 2011 inspired Agi to take part in his first ever half marathon for BCRT and raise £1,268. Agi told us "No additional motivation is required to take on this challenge - just meeting the kids affected by this disease and witnessing their courage and mental strength is enough. Looking forward to doing it again this year and improving on my 2:24 time."
Simon Allocca – Running for RoseFriends and family have run the Royal Parks for the BCRT over the last few years during my daughter, Rose's illness and treatment. At the end of 2010 we lost our lovely little girl just days before her ninth birthday. Most of 2011 is a blur but at some point I seem to have agreed that I had run out of excuses not to run a half-marathon! In three months I dropped two stone and started to go running for the first time in my life... How Rose would have laughed at my sore calves and aching back after everything she had been through. She was with me on every training run and the thought of her kept me going through every mile on the day. Between 16 of us we raised £16,108.50 and are looking forward to an even bigger, better, faster team 'Running for Rose' in 2012." Sure enough, the Run for Rose team did just that in 2012, with over 30 runners joining the team, raising over £32,000 between them which is absolutely incredible. Thank you so much!
If these stories have inspired you, please enter online now and help us make Royal Parks Half Marathon 2013 a huge success for BCRT!
Email us to let us know when you've secured your place and we'll send you your Team Bones fundraising pack and top.