Richmond Runfest - Half & 10k

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Race in one of London's most scenic running events with the Richmond Runfest. With distances for all, this event is great for all levels and the course will wind along the river Thames taking you through the picturesque Kew Gardens. Come for the epic setting or for the chance to clock a PB.
Kew Gardens 10K, and Half Marathon
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Sat 11th Sep 2021
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London, United Kingdom
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The event experience

Based on 8,000 participants


<5m elevation gain per km

Where and when
The Orangery, Royal Botanic Gardens, London TW9 3AB, UK
Start times
Half Marathon:
Kew Gardens 10K:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Richmond Runfest - Half & 10k
Kew Gardens 10K
Half Marathon
Route information
This is one of London's quickest and flattest courses and a real opportunity for those who are looking to clock a PB.
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 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.
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What's included
  • An amazing medal is rewarded to every finisher
  • Receive a quality NIKE tech souvenir t-shirt including a Banksy inspired skyline of Kew Gardens
  • 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
  • Post race live music
  • Course entertainment!
  • 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!
  • Free entry for supporters into Kew Gardens* (rrp is ¬£15 per person)- great family day out with the new Kids' playground!
How to get there
The Orangery, Royal Botanic Gardens, London TW9 3AB, UK
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Kew Gardens 10k, Marathon & Half Marathon: Royal Botanic Gardens, London TW9 3AB, UK
Richmond 5k, Kids Mile Race & Family Mile: Old Deer Park (next to Pools on the Park Leisure Centre), Twickenham Rd, Richmond TW9 2SF.
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.
Parking is unavailable at Kew Gardens and we strongly advise participants to travel to Kew Gardens via public transport. If you are driving, we suggest you park in Richmond and travel to the start via public transport (bus/ train) or on foot.
Suggested car park is next to Richmond Station
NCP car park - Richmond Station, Drummond Place, Kew Road, Richmond, TW9 1DN
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Richmond RunFest
Our aim is to organise fun local events involving the whole family and the local community. You will see that we wish to include everything that is great about the Borough of Richmond and share this beautiful place with the world.
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Spectator Info
Spectators can enter via Elizabeth Gate Entrance, Kew Green, TW9 3AB.
The finish line at Old Deer Park opens from 9am and is a prime location for spectators.
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
4 reviews
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
ShoeFlatGood for beginners
ThumbsUpWell organized
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.
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Recent Questions
Sam Browne (Team LDT)
Does the 5k really start at 6pm? It looks like the rest of the races are all really early in the morning?
Tom Elliott
Do I need trail running shoes to run along by the river, or will my normal road running shoes suffice?
Helen Geldert
Will we get notified when the race packs are available for collection?
David Skelton
Can you please tell me if the marathon is certified as a qualifying marathon for the Boston Marathon? Thanks.
Steph Ede
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!
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