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The Royal Borough of Kingston Half Marathon

Run 13.1mi

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Friendly atmosphere


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The Royal Borough of Kingston Half Marathon is fast, flat and scenic. It starts and finishes in the Ancient Market Place in Kingston town centre. The race starts at 08.30 on a closed road section and takes in Kingston Centre before heading out along the river and back through North Kingston. After 5 miles it follows the River to up to Hampton Court before returning to the historic market.

Review summary

4 Reviews
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  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


paul m
"It was helpful to be able to get the chip & number well ahead of race day to..."


Matt S
"Well organised event, course pretty much follows the Thames down to Hampton..."


Dan P
"Really excellent venue for my first half marathon, well organised, easy to get..."
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How to enter the The Royal Borough of Kingston Half Marathon

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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The Royal Borough of Kingston Half Marathon route

Starting in the famous Ancient Market Place, runners will then cover 5 miles through the historic Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames before crossing over Kingston Bridge and heading 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 for the famous Market Place finish.

Event Details

What’s Included
    Super fast, flat course with PB potential and great scenery
    Great start and finish area in Kingston Market square
    Great medal – big, solid and great design!
    Top technical Tshirt
    Baggage storage
    Toilets at start finish and half way mark
    Professional marshals at all key points on course
    Officially measured Half Marathon distance
Raceday Logistics

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. The race will start promptly at 08:30 am. 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. Slower runners should move to the back of the group. The race cut off time is 3 hours.
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 whole 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 momento.
Kit List
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 from the Up and Running store in Surbiton. Collection dates will be confirmed in due course.

–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.

Shoe 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!

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.
Volunteers Needed
The RBK Half Marathon 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.

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 Half Marathon 2018, drop us an email at [email protected] with the subject line “volunteer” to register your interest.

Frequently Asked Questions

At what time does the RBK Half start?
The race start time is 8:30am.
What is the postcode of the start line?
The postcode of the start line is KT1 1JS
What do I need to bring to the RBK Half ?
Trainers that you have use for a few weeks before so they are broken in. Lucozade to run with and a gel or two to keep you going. A snack for after the race.
Can I cancel or change the name on the entry?
There are no refunds. You can change the name of the runner using the correct process but there will be an administration fee.
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The Royal Borough of Kingston Half Marathon weather forecast

Light rain in the morning.

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Meet the organizer

Quicksilver organises quality running events which allow entrants to participate in enjoyable races with the potential to perform at the top of their ability.Our current portfolio covers distances from 10k to half marathon. All races organised by Quicksilver running are on professionally measured courses certified by the Association of UK Course measurers. The races are run under licence from the UKA.

The Royal Borough of Kingston Half Marathon reviews (4)

4.4 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

Reasons people recommend this event

Stunning scenery

Friendly atmosphere


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    Matt S

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Well organised event, course pretty much follows the Thames down to Hampton court and back. this makes it a dead flat rout (with the slight exception of the 2 bridges).
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Really excellent venue for my first half marathon, well organised, easy to get to and great scenery
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Second time running this race and really enjoyed it again. Good organisation and a nice course. Only negative for me was the lack of water available and in very small half filled cups
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    It was helpful to be able to get the chip & number well ahead of race day to avoid queuing. Also good to arrive early on the day thanks to the little cale shop on the corner for opening for coffee!