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Royal run attracts charity runners for a stroll in the park

25 September 2012

Royal run attracts charity runners for a stroll in the park

  • 5th year of the Royal Parks Half Marathon
  • Over £11 million raised for over 365 charities with Virgin Money Giving as official fund raising partner
  • Voted Best Outdoor Event in 2011

Sunday 7 October will see the 5th annual Royal Parks Half Marathon take place and competitor numbers are expected to be the highest ever since the event was first held in 2008.

The Royal Parks Half Marathon is now firmly established in the annual running calendar, and has proved highly effective at raising funds to support London’s Royal Parks as well as providing much needed support for a whole range of good causes.

The route takes runners through four Royal parks - Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park and Green Park. The 13.1 mile course also takes in some of London’s most famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the Royal Albert Hall.

As well as becoming one of the UK’s premier half marathon events, the Royal Parks Half Marathon is an excellent platform to raise funds for a variety of good causes throughout the UK. Over £11 million has been raised for 365 different partner charities which include such causes as Cancer Research UK, UNICEF as well as the Royal Parks Foundation itself.

The official fundraising partner of the Royal Parks Half Marathon is Virgin Money Giving, which was established to coincide with Virgin Money’s sponsorship of the London Marathon. Over 100,000 fundraisers have raised over £100 million in the 3 years since the site was launched, through a range of activities from cake sales, bungee jumping and abseiling, through to marathons, Ironman events and Guinness World Record attempts.

Sally Barney, events manager at Royal Parks Foundation said: “Virgin Money Giving and their team behind the scenes have been wonderful partners to the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon. Right from the start, they believed in our vision to create an awesome event for both runners and charities.

“In its first 4 years, the Royal Parks Half Marathon has raised over £11 million for more than 365 charities - and with ongoing support from partners like Virgin Money Giving, this will continue to grow in future years.”

Alex Heasley, Head of Virgin Money Giving said: “Virgin Money Giving is extremely proud to be the fundraising partner for this wonderful event. It attracts people from all over the world and takes in some of the best locations that London has to offer. The Royal Parks Half Marathon has also proved to be an excellent platform for the many people raising money for the charities of their choice. Virgin Money Giving is delighted to be able to assist them in their fundraising efforts.”

Last year the event was memorable on two accounts. Firstly, it attracted a record number of entrants with over 12,500 runners from 30 different countries taking part. The event was also awarded the title of Best Outdoor Event in the 2011 Event Awards.

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About Virgin Money Giving

  • Virgin Money Giving is the not-for-profit online fundraising arm of Virgin Money and was established in 2009. Virgin Money uses its infrastructure and expertise as a financial services business to ensure that Virgin Money Giving is efficient, secure and offers a high quality service to all fundraisers, charities and those wanting to donate to charity online.
  • is free for fundraisers, charges a flat registration fee of £100 + VAT for charities and a 2% fee on all donations before Gift Aid, which means for every £10 raised charities receive £12.15.
  • Virgin Money Giving charges charities the minimum fees needed to cover the running costs of the site. Any money left over after covering operating costs will go towards reducing fees further or improving services for fundraisers and charities.
  • Fundraisers can personalise their fundraising pages, send out email alerts and manage their fundraising events. They can include their own content, photos and links to their page as well as customise messages for their supporters. Fundraisers can also link their page to social networking sites.
  • Virgin Money Giving also contains fundraising ideas and tips, offering help and advice to fundraisers on how to raise more for charity.
  • is the official sponsorship website of the Virgin London Marathon, Royal Parks Half Marathon, Virgin Active London Triathalon and Nike Run to the Beat, as well as the Virgin Money Cyclone.