Rejuvenate at the Royal Parks fitness festival

London: From the stunning Serpentine through the green heart of London: The inaugural Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon and Brakes Food & Fitness Festival takes place next month.

On Sunday 12 October 2008 (8.30am to 4pm), the Royal Parks Foundation launches its first ever Half Marathon through the green lungs of the capital and will host the Brakes Food & Fitness Festival in Hyde Park – to which entry is free.

12,500 runners will race over a 13.1 mile route that takes in all aspects of our diverse and colourful city and passes through King Henry VIII’s old hunting grounds. Starting in the autumn colours of Hyde Park, the route goes through Green Park and St James’s Park, along the ancient Thames, past the futuristic London Eye, back to the historic Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens, finishing once again in Hyde Park. Runners will then be able to join friends and family and rejuvenate at the Brakes Food & Fitness Festival taking place all day in Hyde Park.

The Brakes Food & Fitness Festival will offer something for everyone – runners and non-runners alike. Activities throughout the day will include:

· Warm up with the British Military Fitness team at 9.30am

· SUPERChick stretch workshop for tired muscles

· Learn to be a Parkour – (think James Bond in the opening scenes of Casino Royale)

· Kids’ craft area with face-painting and lots of other free fun

· Tennis skills training, plus hockey and football challenges with a giant inflatable football goal and speed camera

· Army climbing wall

· Massage area

· Farmers market stalls for those who would rather just relax and enjoy some delicious food

Echoing the ethos of the Royal Parks, the Half Marathon aims to be as environmentally friendly as possible – with bamboo t-shirts, medals carved from sustainable pine, recycled water bottles and a Fairtrade banana for every runner. Funds raised will benefit The Royal Parks Foundation, plus the work of hundreds of other charities, large and small, from around the UK.

In keeping with the ‘something for everyone’ theme, there are a variety of prize categories for runners including:

Open Men
Open Women
Senior Women – 40-55 year olds
Senior Men – 45-60 year olds
Veteran Women – 55+
Veteran Men – 60+
Corporate Challenge (Fastest Team & Best Dressed Team)
Most Successful Fundraiser

Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon timings:

· 8.30 – Runners should arrive at 8.30 to check in bags

· 9.30 – British Military Fitness warm up

· 10.00 – Run starts in Hyde Park

· Brakes Food & Fitness Festival open between 8.30am-4pm

The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon

· The Royal Parks Foundation is the charity for London’s eight Royal Parks. For further information please visit: www.royalparksfoundation or visit The Royal Parks at

Headline sponsor

· Brakes – Brakes is the headline partner for the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon and is the UK’s leading foodservice