Royal Parks Half Marathon

London Marathon runners
When
14 October 2018
Where
Hyde Park, London
How much
£50 Registration, £350 Fundraising

Registration for the 2018 event has now closed. 

If you’d like to cheer on our runners with our Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity team on Sunday 14th October, please see our Cheer point guide.

Join Team Sparks with your own place 

If you have your own place in the Royal Parks Half Marathon, you can still join Team Sparks! There is no minimum sponsorship target, just raise what you can!

As part of Team Sparks you’ll receive training and fundraising advice to achieve your best performance in the race and make a real difference to children with rare and hard-to-treat conditions. You’ll get:

  • Unlimited support from our dedicated challenge events team
  • A running vest
  • Fundraising advice and tips to help you reach your target
  • Access to our training hub
  • Cheer station along the course
  • Post-race reception – massage, goody bag and refreshments

Email challenge@sparks.org.uk if you would like to join our team.


Fundraising made easy

Wondering how to hit your fundraising target? Here are our fundraising tips to help you break down your target into simple fundraising initiatives.

“I have no other way to thank them for my daughter still being here.”

– Kerry, Sparks Charity fundraising hero


Why fundraise for Sparks?

Sparks raises money to fund pioneering child health research, helping to find new treatments and cures for children and families who desperately need them.

“When you are first told you are having twins it’s a shock – but then when you think you might lose them, it’s like your world comes crashing down.”

Kiki and Nico, nearly a year old

At 20 weeks into her pregnancy, Andrea was told her twin girls were unlikely to survive. Both Kiki and Nico were born prematurely at 30 weeks, Kiki with clubfoot and chronic lung disease.

“Originally we thought that Kiki’s clubfoot was caused by being squashed in the womb with the lack of amniotic fluid. But when we started researching clubfoot, we came across the Sparks website and learnt about the research the charity has funded into the condition and its causes.

Without medical research and knowledge gained in the past, our twins’ treatment could have been completely different. The research and trials carried out before our girls were born means that doctors had the right treatments ready to use, and now our babies can look forward to a near normal life at home with us. Without research we will never find the treatments that other families and children might need in the future.”

Please consider donating on behalf of the amazing people taking on challenges to raise money for Sparks Charity. Your donations help fund research into conditions like clubfoot.