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Richmond Running Festival

Sat 14th Sep 2019
Richmond, GB

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Tickets Free–£46, charity places available

  • Road
  • Mixed
  • Flat

What you need to know

Welcome to London's Flattest Course! All on road and path inside Kew Gardens.

Take on one of London's most exclusive runs - passing through leafy Kew Gardens and alongside the beautiful river Thames. Join our team for this autumn riverside run and help fund our life-saving heart research.

This is the only time you can ever run in the World Heritage Site, Kew Gardens! London's most exclusive race starts inside Kew Gardens and finishes in an all-day family festival in Old Deer Park.

The Richmond Family Mile is a funrun for all ages. This is NOT a race and the intention is to allow the whole family get involved (especially children). There is NO time limit for entrants. Every runner with a bib receives a RUNFEST triangle medal and NIKE Tee shirt at the end.

The Borough of Richmond Upon Thames is the most uniquely beautiful part of London given its essential character, history, significance, and its gifts of nature. It is only right that Richmond Upon Thames should have a unique day to celebrate all the wonders this borough has to offer.

Distances in this event

  1. Marathon

    Run 42.2km
    8:00am Sun 15th Sep 2019
    Tickets & charity places available
  2. Half Marathon

    Run 21.1km
    8:55am Sun 15th Sep 2019
    Tickets & charity places available
  3. Kew Gardens 10K

    Run 10km
    8:30am Sat 14th Sep 2019
    Tickets & charity places available
  4. 5K Pirate Run

    Run 5km
    12:30pm Sat 14th Sep 2019
    Tickets & charity places available
  5. Kids Mile

    Run 1mi
    2:00pm Sat 14th Sep 2019
    Tickets & charity places available
  6. Family Mile

    Run 1mi
    3:00pm Sun 15th Sep 2019
    Tickets & charity places available
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What’s Included

What you will get at the end of the race?

  • Free entry for supporters into Kew Gardens*
  • An amazing medal is rewarded to every finisher
  • Receive a quality NIKE tech souvenir t-shirt

Minimum Age Requirement:

Full Marathon: minimum age – 18 on day of race

Half Marathon: minimum age – 17 on day of race

10km: minimum age – 15 on day of race

5km: minimum age – 13 on day of race

Nike Kids races: ages 5-15 years on day of race

Course Details

Half and full marathon: Mixed surfaces: road, towpath and grass. Flat and fast! Course is NOT hilly! Woohoo!

The 5k Pirate Run is a loop of Old Deer Park starting at 12:30pm. The course is all on grass and the Pirate themed cheer points will keep the fun going until the finish where every finisher gets a great medal and Nike tee!


Richmond 5K & Mile races- All grass in Old Deer Park

Kew Gardens 10K – All road apart from 100 metres of grass at the start and finish.

Half and Full Marathon – Mixed surfaces: road, towpath and grass. Please run with caution on the towpath as the underfoot is uneven. We will put caution signs out in particularly bad areas but please aware generally. This race is not a road race and runners are to expect uneven paths.

If there is rain before the event please expect puddles and mud especially along the towpath.

Pace makers

  • Full Marathon pacers and predicted finishing times: 3.10 hrs, 3.30 hrs, 4hrs, 4.30hrs, 4.45 hrs, 5hrs.
  • Half Marathon pacers and predicted finishing times: 1.30 hrs, 1.45 hrs, 2 hrs, 2.15 hrs, 2.30 hrs.
  • 10km pacers and predicted finishing times: 40 mins, 45 mins, 50 mins, 55 mins, 60 mins, 65 mins, 70 mins.

Water stations:

  • Kew Gardens 10k: 1 drinks station (3 miles) and at the finish
  • Richmond Half Marathon: 4 drink stations (3.75 miles, 7.5 miles, 9 miles, 12 miles and at the finish)
  • Richmond Marathon: (2.5miles, 7.5miles, 9 miles, 11 miles, 14 miles, 17 miles, 20 miles, 23 miles and at the finish)

Saturday 14th September 2019

  • Kew Gardens 10k (All inside Kew Gardens)
  • Richmond 5K: The Pirate Run (Old Deer Park)
  • Kids’ Mile Races (Old Deer Park)

Sunday 15th September 2019

  • Richmond Marathon and Half Marathon  (Starts at Kew Gardens, finishes Old Deer Park)
  • NIKE Family Funrun (Old Deer Park)
Raceday Logistics

Collecting Your Race Pack:

You will collect your race pack from the realbuzz store in the Exchange Shopping Centre, Putney (SW15 1TW).

Please note, NO race packs can be collected on the day of your race!

Richmond Marathon & Half Marathon Race Start location

The Broadwalk, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. You MUST enter via Victoria Gate Visitors Entrance (opposite Lichfield Rd), TW9 3JR.

Richmond Marathon Start Time: First wave at 8am

Richmond Marathon & Half Marathon Race Finish Location 

Both the Marathon and Half finish a mile from Kew Gardens in Old Deer Park (next to Pools on the Park Leisure Centre), Twickenham Rd, Richmond TW9 2SF. Your bags will be safely transported to the finish.

Full Marathon pacers and predicted finishing times: 3.10 hrs, 3.30 hrs, 4hrs, 4.30hrs, 4.45 hrs, 5hrs.

Race Day Timings:

We strongly advise all runners, regardless of which race you are competing in, to arrive more than 1 hour before your race. Any late comers who arrive after 8.40 am for the 10k, 9.15 am for the Marathon & for the Half Marathon will be denied entry and will not be able to take part in the race. Friends and family who arrive late will have to pay a normal Kew Gardens ticket.


There is limited parking around Kew Gardens and we encourage all runners to take public transport to the event.

Kew Gardens 10K – A small amount of prepaid parking is available for the 10K. You can purchase this during your entry process or from our merchandise shop.

Please take weekend public transport timetables and delays into consideration. There are facilities in Kew Gardens serving hot drinks and food so come early and enjoy the surroundings before your run.

Suggested car park is next to Richmond Station.


Is this race on closed roads?

The new Kew Gardens 10k is a fully road closed race running round the beautiful Kew Gardens.

Outside of Kew Gardens all paths and roads are open to the general public. Runners do not have right of way and should not expect priority treatment. Where runners meet roads we use license traffic marshals to take care of runners safety.

Can I run with headphones?

Kew Gardens 10k yes you can run with headphones.

For the Sunday events, Bone conduction headphones are the only earphones that are approved for use in road races under the UKA rules of competition.

Is the race chip timed?

We are using the same timing system (ipico) as the Virgin Money London Marathon uses so your results are in reliable hands. We hope to get the results out as soon as possible.

Is there a time limit?

We have a restricted time limit for the first 2 miles. You are requested to be able to run this in 30mins. This includes any entrants starting late so please do not be upset if we do not allow you to start if you turn up late.

The full Marathon has a further time restriction of 5 hours due to a time limit at Hampton Court Palace. We apologise for this inconvenience, this is the Palace’s rule that we must abide by.

Can my dog/pram run with me?

Sadly no, this is due to the restricted size of paths.

Lucozade Sport: Lucozade Sport will be available at 7.09 miles, 12.27 miles, 17.84 miles, 24.36 miles.

First Aid:

Full professional cover in place throughout the course.


The entire course will be fully marshalled. Marshalls are volunteers so please say thanks to these amazing people!

Sweep Marshalls:

A sweep Marshall will be present to assist athletes who do not complete the course and will be transported to the finish line.

Post Race Nutrition: With special thanks to our Official Nutrition Partner HIGH5, all finishers will be rewarded with a High5 EnergyBar, the best way to restore your energy for the music festival and a High5 EnergyGel. Use this on your next run!


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Reviews (2)

4.3 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Kew Gardens 10k in 2018

    The event was well organised and the route was great although some parts were a bit narrow. The medal and finishers t-shirt were great quality (a proper nike t-shirt that I have since worn many times). Runners and their friends and family can spend the day in Kew Gardens for free.
  • Did the Marathon in 2017

    This was my first marathon! I loved it and I'll definitely be back for more. The course was lovely - starting from Kew Gardens, you go along the river to Hampton Court and then back the other side. Some of it is on trail so it's not a great one for quick times, but for a marathon in London, it's nice and varied and scenic. The one annoying thing was that the marathon and half marathon routes join up towards the end, so I was having to run around lots of other runners when I was completely spent, and when the course narrowed. But on the whole, great day and I'll be back.

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