|All'arrivo, stanco ma felice|
[english text follows]
|the back of the bib with ICE data|
Personalmente mi sono già iscritto alla lotteria per l’edizione 2012, sperando di essere ancora una volta estratto.
Dubbed “The most beautiful city run in the world”, I can undoubtedly say that the Royal Park Foundation Half Marathon (RPFHM) is really worth it and deserve such a title.
The 4th edition of the RPFHM was held in London last week and attracted 12,500 runners from 30 countries who flew through the streets and parks of the city centre with a crowd of cheering people encouraging everyone. Not only volunteers of the various charities, but also very many Londoners (nearly 40,000 people!) clapping hands and shouting out loud runners’ names.
The start was in aside Hyde Park and the first miles where almost a sightseeing tour running through the Wellington Arch, then by the Canada Gate, Buckingham Palace and the House of -Parliament, following the Thames and then back through the Admiralty Arch, crossing Green Park and completing the route inside Hyde Park.
The route was almost plain, with only little up ‘n’ downs and some change in the surface. All water stations were always packed up with water and Lucozade, and after the arrival there were bananas (from fair trade). Organization proved to be simply perfect, with all base services provided to everyone without any delay; race pack cold be either collected on Friday or Saturday (as well as Sunday morning of course) but participants could also choose to have it sent home. Baggage could be left at an enormous tent with no queue both to left it and to collect it.
Moreover, there was live music played on stage and many producers offered their food to runners and relatives after the race.
Over the line I received my wooden medal and some volunteers collected the time-chip attached to my shoes.
Compared to other similar races I’ve run, the RPFHM was better organized and more participated by citizens than any other; I’ve also already registered my interest in participating also next year directly on the official website.