Ballot Open: Royal Parks 2014

One of London's prettiest races

By Amy Lawrenson

My first ever half marathon was the Royal Parks Half marathon. A beautiful race that takes you from Hyde Park, past Big Ben, along the River Thames up to Buckingham Palace before winding back to the finish line in Hyde Park. It's such an enjoyable race that I would recommend it to any runners out there, especially if you're looking for your first half.

Today the ballot is open so you can enter for a chance to make it to that start line on October 12. Myself and fellow ELLE staffer Debbie Morgan will be there on the day, but we have somehow managed to find ourselves signed-up for the sister race - a 50km slog from Hyde to Bushy Park that takes place on the same day - wish us luck and we'll wish you luck in that ballot.

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Head to the Royal Parks Half website and enter the ballot, sign-up to run for a charity or challenge your colleagues...

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