In our series featuring our runners and walkers in The Royal Parks Half Marathon, Layla Warfield, Account Director at Mabrouka Events, explains how she kicked off with fund-raising for Meeting Needs:

“I first found out about the Royal Parks Half Marathon for Meetings Needs in 2021 and signed up to do it with my friend and fellow eventpro, Jo Potkins. We trained together and completed our first one in October of that year.  We really enjoyed training together as we live close to each other in High Wycombe and our training runs helped us both during a very difficult time when the events industry was sadly very quiet and the world was still experiencing restrictions.

“Going for jogs outside, which we were allowed to do during the later lockdowns, really helped us to share our events industry experiences (good and bad), get fitter and raise money for a worthwhile charity, a win-win!

Since then we have done the half marathon every year and have made so many new connections in the events industry. It has become a regular event in my diary every October which I look forward to and the sense of community in the team as we train for the event and our lovely friendly Whatsapp group is so uplifting and inspiring – I highly recommend it if you are part of our wonderful industry!”

The Royal Parks Half Marathon is a marvellous event industry gathering in London´s beautiful parks, starting and finishing in Hyde Park. If you would like to take part in The Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday, October 13, 2024 and raise funds for Meeting Needs, please contact