Royal Parks Half Marathon – Sunday 8th October 2017
After an early morning start us Jags and approximately 15,998 other runners made it to the start line for 9am, ready for the off, in our various coloured waves.
Starting on the southern edge of Hyde Park, we set off towards Buckingham Palace, passing through the Wellington Arch & the edge of Green Park, before reaching Horseguards Parade via Birdcage Walk – a lot of sights for the first two miles!
From there we headed through Admiralty Arch on to Whitehall, towards Downing Street & the poppy adorned Cenotaph.
After looping back towards Trafalgar Square, the route took in a number of streets, before heading back up The Mall towards the Palace & back into Hyde Park.
The route explored the majority of Hyde Park, doubling back along a stretch on the edge of the Serpentine lake, where a large number of supporters for all of the runners had gathered, with all kinds of bells, whistles and signs – the noise was phenomenal.
Soon the finish was in sight, and our medals awaited. In keeping with the park theme, the medal was made of wood & leaf shaped – a refreshing change!
It was a very well organised event that we would definitely recommend to others & hope to run again.
|Angela Gallen Bell||2.17.09|