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Richmond Running Festival

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Friendly atmosphere

Perfect for a PB

Good for beginners

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The biggest RUNFEST, the most beautiful START, the UK's FASTEST 10K!! The Richmond Running Festival is just an absolute must for any runner to take part in. With everything a participant needs, the epic routes and the most friendly event organiser's, you can only have an amazing time.

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4 Reviews
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  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Constantine L
"This was my first marathon! I loved it and I'll definitely be back for more...."


Aneeka S
"The event was well organised and the route was great although some parts were a..."


Charles G
"This Marathon has the organisational polish of a major marathon event, but..."
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How to enter the Richmond Running Festival

  1. Marathon

    Run 42.2km
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  2. Half Marathon

    Run 21.1km
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  3. Kew Gardens 10K

    Run 10km
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  4. Richmond 5K

    Run 5km
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  5. Kids Mile

    Run 1mi
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  6. Family Mile

    Run 1mi
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Richmond Running Festival routes


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.


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.


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)


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


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!


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


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!

Event Details

What’s Included

10 Reasons to run the Kew Gardens 10K:

  • Free entry for supporters into Kew Gardens* (rrp is ¬£15 per person)- great family day out with the new Kids' playground!
  • An amazing medal is rewarded to every finisher - this year's will be a golden heart with British Heart Foundation who are the 2019 Charity of the Year.
  • Receive a quality NIKE tech souvenir t-shirt including a Banksy inspired skyline of Kew Gardens
  • Extra special this year - not only will runners be running through a World Heritage site, but this year they will also be running past dazzling Chihuly glass sculptures
  • London's flattest 10k - Male course record: Chris Thompson 28:58, Female course record: Jo Pavey 32:47 *see course profile below
  • The only chance to run inside the beautiful World Heritage Site - Kew Gardens.
  • Free beer at the end!
  • We have female and male cut t-shirts
  • Course entertainment!
  • Poshest baggage drop (inside the Nash Conservatory) - There are only two Nash Conservatories ever built. The other one is the Queen's swimming pool in Buckingham Palace!

Your Kew Gardens 10K entry includes two FREE adult and UNLIMITED children's tickets into Kew Gardens (before the gates close at 8:45am)

Raceday Logistics


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!

Family Mile

However for the Family Mile - Race packs are NOT posted, you must collect all race packs on the day at the info tent, located in Old Deer Park.

Packet pick up will be open from 1pm to collect your families race number and timing chip.


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 and 9.15 am 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.


Kids mile run: The Kids races are staggered throughout the afternoon and will run from 2pm – 4.30pm

Richmond 5k - 7.00pm on Saturday

Kew Gardens 10k - 8.30am on Saturday

Marathon - First wave at 8am on Sunday

Half Marathon - First wave at 8.55am on Sunday

Family Mile - 15:00 on Sunday

Richmond Marathon Start Time: First wave at 8am


The finish line festival in Old Deer Park will open at 9 am for friends and family wanting a prime finish line spot and our stalls will commence sales at 9.00am.

Your Richmond RUNFEST medal, NIKE technical t-shirt and free beer will be proudly given to you after the race. The festival stalls will be manned by a variety of local businesses and retailers to entice the whole family.

Kit List

Normal running gear is perfect for this event.


The only gate open to runners and spectators is via Elizabeth Gate Entrance, Kew Green, TW9 3AB.


You can volunteer on either Saturday 15th September, or Sunday 16th September, or both!

Volunteer roles include helping with registration, baggage, marshalling, handing out t-shirts/goodybags/medals, de-chipping, information, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find results for the Richmond RunFest?
Results will be posted at
Is the Richmond RunFest family-friendly?
Definitely. There's a kid's mile on Saturday, and a family mile on Sunday.
At what time does the Richmond RunFest start?
Kew Gardens 10k: Saturday 14th September, 8:30, Graze Richmond SUNDOWN 5k: Saturday 14th September, 19:00, Kids' Mile/500m: Saturday 14th September, between 14:00 and 16:30, Richmond Marathon: Sunday 15th September, 8:00, Richmond Half Marathon: Sunday 15th September, 8:55
Are there any age restrictions?
Unfortunately, yes. The following age restrictions exist: Marathon: ages 18+, Half Marathon: ages 17+, 10km: ages 15+, 5km: ages 13+, Kids races: ages 5-16
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Richmond Running Festival weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

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Richmond Running Festival reviews (4)

4.6 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

Reasons people recommend this event

Friendly atmosphere

Perfect for a PB

Good for beginners

  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    This Marathon has the organisational polish of a major marathon event, but without the downsides of overcrowding, queuing and transport issues. Getting to the start in Kew Gardens is straight-forward, plenty of loos at the start and well planned start waves with pacers. The route itself is simple to follow, if a bit narrow in places, but runners thin out enough for this to not be an issue. It's very flat, which is a bonus, but on this day it was very hot and there isn't much shade out on the course. The water stations were well stocked and well spaced, it would have been nice to have a few food items such as jelly babies and banana slices on offer, but I had my own nutrition in any case. The route is slightly repetitive as it's mostly out-and-back, but there is plenty to look at. The finish festival was welcoming, some good food stalls, etc. but not too big and busy that you can't find your family/friends easily. A great-sized event, well organised and low-fuss. Tempted to do it again next year!
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2017

    Fab course, fab organisation, fab atmosphere! the whole thing was brilliant. The course was a bit narrow at points, but still managed a PB! And the mini festival at the end was great fun!
  • 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.