Richmond Running Festival

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3 Reviews
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  • Organisation
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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..."


Becky H
"Fab course, fab organisation, fab atmosphere! the whole thing was brilliant...."
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Distances in this event

  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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Event details

  • Road
  • Mixed
  • Flat
  • Closed roads
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Finisher’s t-shirt
  • 8000 participants

Meet the organizer

This 10k is part of the Richmond RUNFEST, London's most exclusive event, which also includes the RUNFEST Marathon and Half Marathon. The 10k takes places completely within the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, a wonderfully scenic World Heritage site, and has a start which we believe to be the most beautiful of any running race in Europe! The course is not only beautiful, but flat, offering the perfect opportunity for the UK's fastest 10k!

Also kids' mile and 5K runs are available next door in the afternoon at Old Deer Park.

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 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.

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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)
Course Details


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)
  • 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!

    Start times -

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

    Richmond 5k - 7.00pm on Saturday 14th September

    Kew Gardens 10k - 8.30am on Saturday 15th September

    Marathon - First wave at 8am on Sunday 16th September

    Half Marathon - First wave at 8.55am on Sunday 16th September

    Richmond Marathon Start Time: First wave at 8am


    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.


    Minimum Age Requirements

    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

    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!

    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.

    Richmond Running Festival reviews (3)

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    • Course
    • Organisation
    • Atmosphere

    Reasons people recommend this event

    • 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.

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      David S
      Can you please tell me if the marathon is certified as a qualifying marathon for the Boston Marathon? Thanks.


      Steph E
      Hi there. Just to let you know the Richmond Marathon can be a qualifying race for Boston. It is accurately timed, the results go up on Runbritain, and can also be seen on the Power of 10. Good luck!