Age UK Kensington & Chelsea are taking part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon due to the great success we had in 2020. It was an amazing event with more than 16,000 participants and 1,000 UK charities taking part. The excitement was contagious, as our runners did an amazing job finishing near the two and a half hour mark.
The Royal Parks Half Marathon is an annual event that boasts 11 years of providing this experience. The half marathon is a 13.1 mile journey that takes in London’s world famous landmarks, and four of the eight London Royal Parks. (They are Hyde Park, Green Park, St. James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.) This event is not just for the runners, it is also for the spectators to have fun as the Royal Parks Half offers a fantastic food and music festival.
Due to Covid-19 the 2020 race has been postponed and will now be taking place on Sunday 11 April 2021. There are still spaces avaliable if you would like to run on behalf of Age UK Kensington & Chelsea.
Why you should join
Isolation and loneliness are some of the prevalent issues that older people face in the UK as 1.9 million older people have reported that they often feel ignored or invisible. In Kensington and Chelsea alone 61 % of the people over 65 live alone, with more than 10% being a lone pensioner household. Although the borough is perceived as one of the more wealthy boroughs in London, there are still pockets of deprivation especially in the north, leaving little disposable income to enjoy life or socialise.
Studies have also shown a correlation between isolation and loneliness; and physical and mental health, therefore at Age UK Kensington & Chelsea, we do our best to uplift and befriend the older people in our community. We aim to ensure that older people’s voices are heard, their needs are met and their independence is supported. The charity offers a wide variety of services which are aimed at providing legal advice, combating social isolation, practical help and so much more. Some of these services include information & advice; befriending & escorting; DIY & gardening; and activities & events to name a few.
How to be part of our team
Our charity places are just £35 and we ask that you pledge to raise a minimum of £350 to help older people live a better life.
Contact our fundraising team on firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!
Already have a place?
If you already have a place through the organisers you can still help older people lead a better life by joining our team! Simply contact our fundraising team at email@example.com to get started.
You can create a fundraising page by clicking this link.
Royal Parks Half Marathon 2019
Graham and Kirsty are two of the runners who took part in the Royal Park Half Marathon last year on behalf of Age UK Kensington & Chelsea. They have previous experience in running marathons and half marathons.
“We believe that with an increasingly aging population everyone needs more support as they become older, whether that's with getting advice or just having someone listen & talk to them. Age UK provide a great service and provide assistance in the local community and that makes a real difference to people's lives and reduces the isolation that many older people have nowadays.” G.
“Age UK do a fabulous job in looking after our ageing population whether it’s giving care in their own homes, holding community group activities or reducing social isolation." K.