Yesterday marked the return of the Royal Parks Half Marathon and we were absolutely thrilled to hear that our three runners, Laura, Alex and Naomi all successfully completed the challenge! 

To donate to Laura & Alex’s JustGiving page, please click here 

To donate to Naomi’s JustGiving page, please click here 

With Laura, Alex and Naomi filling our charity places, it was wonderful to see three fabulous fundraisers getting involved in this year’s event. 

The Royal Parks Half Marathon is the first and only marathon of its kind, winding its way through four of eight of London’s Royal Parks; Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. 

Aptly, the message of this year’s race campaign was #RunGreen and was all about encouraging people to escape to and look after their local green spaces as much as possible; a sentiment we and our fundraisers certainly share.

With Naomi having worked at the National Spinal Injuries Centre (NSIC) for over seven years, where our Stoke Mandeville sanctuary opened in 2018, she has experienced both life with and without a Horatio’s Garden. This perspective has enabled her to truly appreciate the difference the garden has made. She has been lucky enough to enjoy the garden, has seen the positive impact the haven has on people with life-changing injuries, whilst the uplifting power of nature helps her and her NHS colleagues and friends too.


Meanwhile, Laura and Alex previously supported the charity by taking on the Virtual Vitality 10k last year (during Storm Aiden, no less!), something which encouraged them to tackle their latest double-the-distance challenge almost a year to the day. 

With Alex being the charity’s Communications Assistant, the charity is very close to her heart. With Laura knowing how much it means to Alex and hearing countless stories about people who have been helped by Horatio’s Garden, the dynamic fundraising duo were determined to finish the race, thinking all the while about the people they would be helping by crossing the finish line.

Alex & Laura Running  

Fantastically, including Gift Aid, Naomi has raised almost £700 for Horatio’s Garden Stoke Mandeville so far and incredibly completed the course in just two hours! 

Brilliantly too, including Gift Aid, Laura and Alex have raised a combined total of over £1,400 for the charity so far, successfully finishing their half marathon in only two and half hours! 

There’s still time to donate too, so if you’d like to give, simply use one of the links below. 

To donate to Naomi’s JustGiving page, please click here 

To donate to Laura & Alex’s JustGiving page, please click here 

We’re delighted our competitors enjoyed making their way through some stunning natural spaces in the heart of London and are so grateful to everyone who’s supported them in surpassing their fundraising targets. 

Fingers crossed the trio are resting their weary legs today!