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Royal Borough of Kingston Spring Raceday

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A fast, flat race in a stunning and historical setting.

Review summary

4.4
2 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

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James L
"Glad to see this race back on the calendar but rather confused about the exact..."

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Eleanor O
"Superbly well organised and a fantastic, scenic course. Event was extremely..."
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How to enter the Royal Borough of Kingston Spring Raceday

  1. 8 Mile

    Run 8mi
    £23–£25
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  2. 16 Mile

    Run 16mi
    £30–£32
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  3. 20 Mile

    Run 20mi
    £32–£34
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Royal Borough of Kingston Spring Raceday routes

The 8 mile runners will complete one lap of the famous “Kingston Loop”, while the 16 and 20 milers will complete it twice. The 20 mile course then takes in a final 4 miles following the river out to North Kingston.

Starting in the famous Ancient Market Place, runners will cross over Kingston Bridge and head up the iconic three mile stretch of the Barge Walk beside the Thames. The race then reaches the magnificent Hampton Court Palace before continuing through Thames Ditton and back towards Kingston Market Place. Here is the finish for all distances.

This fast, flat course on good running surfaces gives excellent opportunities for a quick time and potential PB!

Event Details

What’s Included

Officially measured and chip timed courses

Same-day race results and downloadable finisher's certificate

Special bespoke design medal – it’s big, its heavy, you will want to wear it!

Fruit and water at the finish

Baggage drop

Raceday Logistics

Venue:

The race HQ is in central Kingston:

Market Place, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1JT

All distances start and finish at this location.

Baggage:

Baggage storage facilities will be available at Race HQ in the Market Place. Please note the organisers cannot accept responsibility for security and advise that competitors do not leave valuables in their bags.

Toilets:

There will be portaloos available at the event, just a short walk from the race start. These will be signed on the day.

Race Numbers:

Please note that we are not sending numbers out in the post in advance. You have the option of either:

- Collecting your race pack in advance. Details on advance collection will be emailed out to entrants prior to the event.

- Or alternatively from race registration on the day. If you are picking up your number on the day, please allow plenty of time for this. Only the person who has entered the race should collect the race number.

If you would like to organise a race number transfer please contact: [email protected]

Pin your race number on the FRONT of your running vest or t-shirt, where it is most visible for race officials. Runners who do not have a properly displayed number or are identified as running under the wrong name will be liable to disqualification.

Please complete the form on the back of your number with your name, contact details and any medical condition. This will help in the event of an accident or illness.

Chip Timing:

The shoe chip is secured by weaving it through your shoe lace; please follow the instructions in your race pack as to how to do this. Your chip will be detected as you cross the finish line and your time and race number will be recorded automatically. Results will be in finish position order. Personal chip times are for your information only. Please make sure that you return your chip after finishing the race, otherwise you may not get a time!

There will be two times recorded for each runner. The first is what is called the Gun Time. It’s the official race time and is the time that the runner takes to complete the course from the time the gun was fired. The second is the Chip Time. This records the time that the runner actually takes from crossing the start line to crossing the finish line. The difference between the two times is the time elapsed from when the starting signal sounds and the runner crosses the start line.

As far as the rules of athletics are concerned the Gun Time is the important time, and this is what the results and prizes are based on. The chip time though is important for the individual runner in assessing their performance in the race.

Start:

All competitors should try to arrive at least one hour before the start to allow time to collect your race number and timing chip from Race HQ. You will also need time for warming up and lining up. The start is in Kingston Market Place.

All races will start at the same time with runners grouped in waves according to their predicted pace. The first wave of runners (those anticipating running at sub 8m/m) will start at 08:00. All runners will start by 08:20. The race is chip timed which means that your actual running time (the time from when you cross the start line to the finish line) is accurately recorded.

Listen for the race marshals instructions to guide you to the start at the appropriate time.

Please be realistic about your expected performance, line up according to how fast you plan to run.

The race cutoff times are 1hr 50 for the 8 mile, 3hrs 45 for the 16 mile and 4hrs 30 for the 20 mile.

Please pay attention to the pre-race instructions. These are for the benefit of all runners, and will help guide you through the course and keep you safe. This advice is for your own safety and that of other road users. You must be certain to run over the matting at the start line to ensure that your chip is registered.

Finish:

The Finish is in the same place as the start in Kingston Market Place.

The timing chip inside your number will record your race time as you cross the line. Make certain that you run over the matting in the finish funnel, this will ensure that your chip is registered. Once you have crossed the finish line, don’t stop, keep moving to the end of the funnels; stay in the exact order in which you have finished. Please don’t get ahead of anyone in the finish funnels. This is very important for accurate timing and placing. If someone gets in front of you, politely ask them to go back, they may not only get your hard earned place and time, but they may also mess the results up.

Please recycle your running number! We have a recycling policy for the race so please help by dropping your number into the bins provided, unless you wish to keep it as a race memento.

On completion of the race, runners will be presented with their finisher's medal, goodies and water.

Water Stations:

There are water stations on route, plus water at the finish.

8 MILE:

Water Station 1: approx. 3.5 miles, Hampton Court

Water Station 2: approx. 6 miles, Giggs Hill Green

Finish: 8.2 miles

16 MILE:

Water Station 1: approx. 3.5 miles, Hampton Court

Water Station 2: approx. 6 miles, Giggs Hill Green

Water Station 3: approx. 8 miles, Kingston Market Place

Water Station 1 (Lap 2): approx. 11.5 miles, Hampton Court

Water Station 2 (Lap 2): approx. 14 miles, Giggs Hill Green

Finish: 16.05 miles

First Aid:

Professional First Aid cover will be available at the race to provide medical support if necessary. They will have an ambulance/marquee at race HQ in the Market Place.

Medical Conditions:

If you have a medical condition that will need consideration should you be taken ill during the race, please write the details on the back of your race number. If you feel unwell before the race, or have not been well for a few days prior to the event, please do not start; remember there is always another year and another race.

Race Discipline, Rules & Headphones:


The route runs on public roads. Keep to the left of the road, pavement or path during the race. Take care when overtaking and make way for faster runners. If you need to stop or walk for any reason, please move to the side of the course, so as not to impede other runners. Instructions issued by the Race Marshals, who will be wearing fluorescent yellow bibs, MUST be obeyed. They will advise you of any hazards.

In line with UK Athletics rules, the organisers prohibit the use of headphones during the race, as these may prevent you from hearing instructions from Marshals.

Any runner not complying with these rules is liable to disqualification. The Race Referee’s decision is final at all times. This advice is for your own safety and that of other road users. Without your co-operation, it is not possible to hold a race on public roads.

The race will be held under a UK Athletics licence (UKA) rules.

Volunteers

The Royal Borough of Kingston Spring Raceday looks forward to great support from local volunteers and we would be really grateful for help to ensure the runners and supporters have a safe and enjoyable day. We are very fortunate in getting support from charities we are involved with and members of the local running community. Also, friends and relatives of runners sometimes like to get involved with the organisation on the day.

Roles:

Course Marshals: directing runners along the course

Start/Finish Marshals: directing runners at the start/finish

Rewards Marshals: congratulating runners; giving medals

Infrastructure Marshals: Heavy lifting and sharp thinking to help set up the course

If you’d like to be a volunteer at the Royal Borough of Kingston Spring Raceday, drop us an email at [email protected] with the subject line “Volunteer” to register your interest.

FAQs

Is there a minimum age for participants?

Yes, you must be over 17 on race day to take part.

Which charities are involved with the race?

Charity information can be found at: https://www.kingstonraceday.com/charity/

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    Paul R
    What time does the 16mile race start?

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    Steph E
    Hi there. Just to let you know that the race starts at 8am. All the best!

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Royal Borough of Kingston Spring Raceday reviews (2)

4.4 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the event in 2019

    Superbly well organised and a fantastic, scenic course. Event was extremely well signed and lots of marshalls. Great day. Loved it.
  • Did the event in 2019

    Glad to see this race back on the calendar but rather confused about the exact distance Start to Finish as before the Finish there was an 8 mile sign but one or two minutes running still to do. Cannot find anything on the site about the precise distance. Would be good to have this clarified.