Royal Parks Half Half Marathon 2020

11/10/2020

Royal Parks Half Marathon 2020

Join us

Crowned the “World’s Most Stunning Half Marathon” winding through 4 of London’s Royal Parks and passing iconic landmarks like Buckingham Palace and the London Eye this Autumnal Half is not one to miss. Join Team Macmillan today to make a real difference to people living with cancer in the UK!

How to enter

There are two ways to get yourself signed up for the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon 2020:

Secure a charity place!

We would love to have you on join Team Macmillan in the Royal Parks Half 2020. If you are lucky enough to secure one of our places, we ask that you pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £350 (excluding gift aid) and pay a £35 registration fee.

Apply for your own place

If you were lucky enough to get your own place in the Royal Parks Half we'd love for you to join Team Macmillan. There's no fundraising pledge, just raise as much as you can and get all the great perks of being part of the team! Just click the 'I have my own place' button below.

Why be part of the green team?

Whichever way you choose to join Team Macmillan, we’ll support you every step of the way with:

  • Our fundraising pack, access to our online training zone and loads of fundraising tips and tricks.
  • Your free Team Macmillan technical running vest or t-shirt, plus iron on letters to customise your kit.
  • Regular e-newsletters to keep you up to date with Macmillan's news and activities.
  • The loudest and most supportive cheerers on the course! Check out 2020's entertainment here.
  • Most importantly we'll provide you with a reason to keep going, because you'll know that you're helping improve the lives of people living with cancer in the UK today.

Please make sure you have read our Terms and Conditions before signing up. You must be 17 or over on the day of the event to take part. The registration fee is payable to Macmillan Cancer Support Trading Limited which is wholly owned subsidiary of Macmillan Cancer Support. Macmillan Cancer Support Trading Limited donates 100% of its profits to Macmillan Cancer Support each year.

If you have any questions, email us at running@macmillan.org.uk or call on 0300 100 0200.

Kick start your fundraising

Set up your JustGiving Page today.

Volunteer With Us

If you have any family and friends who’d like to come and support you on the day, we’d love them to join our volunteer team! To find out more details email abrindley@macmillan.org.uk.

Individual registration FAQs

How do I register?

If you would like to register for a Team Macmillan charity place, click ‘Get a place’ on the right and complete our registration form.

How much is the registration fee?

The registration fee for a Team Macmillan charity place is £35 per person, which you pay online upon completing your registration.

What is the minimum age to take part?

The minimum age to take part in the half marathon distance is 17 years.

When will registration close?

Registration for a Team Macmillan charity place will close at the end of August, or when our places sell out. After this date we cannot accept any new registrations for charity places.

I have my own place, can I still run for you?

Of course! We’d love you to join our team and help you prepare for the Royal Parks Half. We will send you a fundraising pack, running top and everything else to help you prepare for the big day! Just fill in our ‘I have my own place’ form to join our team.

When will I receive my fundraising pack?

You will receive your fundraising pack and running top approximately 2-3 weeks after you register for your place on our website.

When will I receive my running number?

You should receive your event pack and number from the event organiser (Royal Parks Half) approximately 4 weeks before the event. If you have not received it by 5th October, please get in touch with them by emailing info@royalparkshalf.com.

What should I do if I can’t take part in the event?

If you’re no longer able to take part, please email the running team at running@macmillan.org.uk and we can let you know what your options are.

Can I defer my place?

Unfortunately, we are not able to defer places in our events. We would ask that you register for another event or re-register once registrations open for next year.

Once I have signed up, how do I know my registration is complete?

Once you have completed the registration process through the website, you will receive an email confirming your place in the event.

You will also need to register your details with the event organiser and we will send you further details in due course. Please look out for this information as you will not be able to take part in the event until this second stage of your registration is complete.

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Ballot FAQs

How can I get my own place in the Royal Parks Half?

Public entry to the Royal Parks Half is decided by a ballot that takes place in February. You can find more information at https://royalparkshalf.com/Take-part-ballot.

I missed out in the ballot, what can I do?

If you were unsuccessful in the ballot, or missed entering it, then you can still take part in the event by register for one of Team Macmillan charity places. Click ‘Get a place’ on the right and complete our registration form.

I got a place in the ballot, can I still run for you? 

Of course! We’d love you to join our team and help you prepare for the Royal Parks Half. We will send you a fundraising pack, running top and everything else to help you prepare for the big day! Just fill in our ‘I have my own place’ form to join our team.

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Event FAQs

How do I register as part of a team?

You’ll need to sign up individually and then email running@macmillan.org.uk to say that you are going to be fundraising as part of a team. Let us know the names of everyone in your team and send us the link to your JustGiving page.

Is there a discount for teams? 

No, there is not.

I’m taking part with a team, do we all have to raise the minimum fundraising amount? 

Yes, you will need to raise the minimum fundraising amount of £350 for each member of your team. You can, however, choose to split the total in any way you like between the team if some people are comfortable raising more than others.

Once I have signed up, how do I know my registration is complete?

Once you have completed the registration process through the website, you will receive an email confirming your place in the event.

You will also need to register your details with the event organiser and we will send you further details in due course. Please look out for this information as you will not be able to take part in the event until this second stage of your registration is complete.

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Fundraising FAQs

What is the minimum fundraising amount for each event?

We ask you to raise a minimum of £350 to help people living with cancer.

Can Macmillan help with my fundraising?

Definitely! Once you’ve registered, keep a look out for your Fundraising Pack it should arrive in the post within 2-3 weeks. This includes a comprehensive fundraising guide with advice and ideas on how to reach your fundraising target, along with a sponsorship form and other resources.

You can also access everything you need, from fundraising resources and ideas to online fundraising tips and information about paying in your donations at macmillan.org.uk/bringonthefundraising.

We will also be in touch every couple of months with helpful e-newsletters, and you can email or call our Supporter Care Hub on 0300 1000 200 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) anytime you have a fundraising question.

They will also be able to order any materials you may need including collection boxes and buckets, balloons, posters, and extra sponsorship forms.

Why is there a minimum fundraising amount?

As for any charity, buying places in these events costs money. The registration fee doesn’t cover the full cost of our involvement in the event, so we must set a minimum fundraising amount. This ensures the costs of the event are covered so that most of money raised is spent on our vital services to help people affected by cancer.

What is JustGiving and how do I set up a page?

JustGiving is one of the most trusted platforms for online giving and is very simple to use. Once you've set up your page you can share it with friends, family and colleagues and they can make an online donation of their chosen amount, and leave you a message. It will also ask if their donation is eligible for Gift Aid.

The money donated to your page comes straight to Macmillan, which means no trips to the bank or hours counting pennies.

What happens if I don't raise the minimum fundraising amount?

It is important that everyone reaches the minimum fundraising pledge of £350 to ensure Macmillan doesn't lose money on your participation and the majority of what you raise helps those affected by cancer.

We provide you with as much help as we can to help you reach this amount. You can access fundraising resources, ideas and tips at macmillan.org.uk/bringonthefundraising and our Supporter Care Hub is also available on 0300 1000 200 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) if you want further help. If it gets to a point where you feel you really can’t fundraise anymore then you are welcome to donate the remaining amount yourself.

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How will my fundraising help?

£250 could pay for five people living with cancer to attend a health and wellbeing event, providing them with the skills to improve the management of these areas in their lives.

£335 could pay for a Macmillan grant that helps a family affected by cancer take a holiday and enjoy precious time together.

£546 could pay for a Macmillan Social Care Worker for a week, helping patients, family members and carers manage the social and practical problems of living with cancer.

Every £800 we spend on our phone service could lead to our welfare rights advisors on the Macmillan Support Line helping people living with cancer claim up to £31,480 in benefits they are entitled to.

£1,203 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for a week, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.

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Training FAQs

Where can I find help with my training?

Take a look at our online Training Zone where you’ll find lots of information to help you prepare for your challenge.

Do you have training plans that I can use?

Yes! Our training plan, put together by our coaching partners Running With Us, is designed to get you to the start line of the half marathon feeling prepared and confident that you can achieve your goal. You can download the training guide from Training Zone.

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I have my own placeIf you’ve already secured a place and want to support people living with cancer.
Get a placeFor a guaranteed place we ask that you pay a registration fee of £35 and pledge to raise £350.

"This was my first time running a Half Marathon. Your cheerpoints were amazing and truly gave me the edge to finish the race!"

Jessica, Macmillan Royal Parks Half 2019 runner

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