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Deloitte becomes an official sponsor of the Royal Parks Foundation Half and Ultra running events

25 March 2014

Deloitte today announces a three year partnership with the Royal Parks Foundation, as the official corporate sponsor of the charity's annual running events.

Deloitte will be the title sponsor of the corporate categories of the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon (13.1 miles) and the Royal Parks Foundation Ultra (50 kilometres).

David Barnes, managing partner for public policy and corporate responsibility at Deloitte, said:

"The Royal Parks Foundation Half and Ultra are both exceptionally tough but rewarding events for all those involved. We recognise the value of these challenges for corporate entrants, in generating healthy competition between colleagues, whilst fundraising for some fantastic charitable causes. It is the perfect opportunity to encourage our own people to engage with each other in an environment outside of the office and push themselves to achieve new goals, whilst raising money for our national charity partners; Alzheimer’s Society, Mind and Prostate Cancer UK. We hope we can encourage many other organisations to do the same."

The 2014 Deloitte Corporate 13.1 and Deloitte Corporate 50 will both take place on 12 October 2014, in central London. The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon starts and finishes in Hyde Park, taking in many of the city's greatest landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Houses of Parliament and the Royal Albert Hall, and the four Royal Parks. The 50 kilometre Ultra route starts in Hyde Park and finishes in Bushy Park, near Hampton Court. Deloitte is providing 280 places for its own employees in this years’ event.

Sara Lom, Chief Executive of the Royal Parks Foundation commented:

"Corporate entrants provide a unique perspective for events such as our Half Marathon and Ultra. While individual runners benefit from the personal joy of such a fantastic achievement, corporate teams gain the added fulfilment of supporting colleagues and raising money for charities that matter most to their organisation. It's great to have Deloitte as an official sponsor. We're excited about the corporate audience that the organisation will undoubtedly encourage to take part this year."

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Notes to editors

The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon is the most beautiful run, in the world’s greatest city with a stunning 13.1 mile autumnal route through four of London's magnificent Royal Parks and past many of the capital's world-famous landmarks.

Over the last six years, the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon has raised more than £18 million for causes around the UK, benefiting more than 559 partner charities.

The Royal Parks Foundation Ultra is an exciting annual charity challenge unlike any other UK Ultra marathon. The 50 kilometre run through London has been created for regular runners looking to make the leap into long distance running or seeking their next big fundraising challenge.

Dictionary definition of an Ultra: Any organised footrace extending beyond the standard marathon running distance of 26.2 miles (42 kilometres).

About Deloitte
In this press release references to Deloitte are references to Deloitte LLP, which is among the country's leading professional services firms.

Deloitte LLP is the United Kingdom member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“DTTL”), a UK private company limited by guarantee, whose member firms are legally separate and independent entities. Please see www.deloitte.co.uk/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of DTTL and its member firms.

The information contained in this press release is correct at the time of going to press.

Member of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited.

About the Royal Parks Foundation
The Royal Parks Foundation is the charity that helps support the magic of London's eight amazing Royal Parks. Established in 2003, the charity reaches out to make the Parks part of more people’s lives and raises funds for a wide variety of heritage, education, wellbeing and nature conservation programmes. The registered charity number is 1097545, for more information, please visit www.SupportTheRoyalParks.org or visit The Royal Parks at www.royalparks.org.uk.

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