The Richmond RUNFEST is organised by RUNFEST LTD (Company Reg No. 08521533). The aim is to organise a fun local event involving the whole family and the local community. You will see from our aims that we wish to include everything that is great about the Borough of Richmond and share this beautiful place with the world.
From the outset, the event has looked to incorporate all the wonderful examples we have witnessed from all corners of the running world. At RUNFEST we do not like to use the word 'NO' and look to incorporate as many peoples ideas and inspiration as possible. We started this event as a blank canvas and continue to add pencil thin structure and lots of colour to it as we go along.
We hope this is just the start of a wonderful journey for the RUNFEST team and hope to include many people from the running community. If you have any colour that you think will look good on the canvas and want to get involved then please get in touch and help us achieve something different!
ABOUT THE EVENT
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.
Richmond Upon Thames shares its history with sport from the first cricket matches on Richmond Green in 1666 to Richmond Park hosting Olympic accommodation in the 1948 London Games. In more modern times it is home to England Rugby in Twickenham and its Royal Parks are training grounds to the world's greatest athletes, including Double Olympic champion Mo Farah.
On 18th September, ‘Richmond RUNFEST’ celebrates its first Olympic-cycle by introducing a full distance river running Marathon through the Royal Borough of Richmond-Upon-Thames.
Starting inside the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the race will tour Londons’ greenest borough, running through the historic Hampton Court Palace.
The Richmond Marathon is expected to raise over half a million pounds for charity and will run in conjunction with The Richmond Half Marathon, the Kew Gardens 10K and the NIKE Kids’ Mile.
“The Richmond Marathon course is one of the worlds most scenic races that allows runners to run past three historic bridges, two Royal Palaces, and one music festival.
This event has been three years in the making and would not have happened without the great support of Kew Gardens, Hampton Court Palace, Richmond and Kingston Council.
‘Richmond RUNFEST’ was inspired by the Great London Olympics four years ago and it is an honor to create an event that runs past the exact spot where Bradley Wiggins made Olympic history.” Tom Bedford, Race Director.
6,000 adult runners registered (4,000 in the Half Marathon and 2,000 in the Kew Gardens 10k) and 1,000 children competed in the Nike Kids Mile races, which was free to all schools in the Borough.
The event raised over £350,000 for our charities including the Victoria Foundation and the Kew Foundation (Official charities of the year).
2014 allowed the event to double in size and saw the addition of the Nike Junior Wheelchair Race, supported by Paralympian Gold medalist David Weir and the Weir Archer Academy.
6,000 adult runners registered (4,000 in the Half Marathon and 2,000 in the Kew Gardens 10k) and 1,000 children competed in the Nike Kids Mile races, which was free to all Schools in the Borough.
The event raised over £150,000 for charity, which included local charities in the Richmond Borough. Our target is to raise £250,000 for 2015.
In November the event was commended for 'Best Achievement in Social Responsibility' at the Richmond Business Awards and we are proud to have the support of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. We were also finalists at the 'Event Production Awards'.
The inaugural Richmond Running Festival brought the best of Southwest London together embracing fitness, charity, tourism and local business at Old Deer Park. The event included a Half Marathon and a 10km run starting in beautiful Botanical, Kew Gardens and finished in Old Deer Park. At the festival 700 local school children ran in the NIKE Kids' mile race.
After the event runners celebrated their run in the London Pride tent and were entertained by the boroughs best local music supplied by the famous Crawdaddy Club. Local running clubs were on hand to explain more about what they do and where they run.