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Children with Cancer UK has been named as RUNFEST’s Charity of the Year 2020

The Richmond RUNFEST is proud to announce Children with Cancer UK is the new Charity of the year for 2020. 
 
Over 150 runners will be taking on the Kew Gardens 10k, the Richmond Half & Richmond Marathon for Children with Cancer UK on 12th & 13th September. Money raised will go directly into funding groundbreaking research to improve survival rates of children with cancer and raise awareness to inspire others to help.
 
Jade Bedford, Head of Charities at RUNFEST says: “Children with Cancer UK have been a part of this event since 2015 and it’s been a joy to work with such a dedicated children’s charity and see their fundraising grow significantly each year. Now as headline charity we have a real opportunity to hit new targets and encourage more participants to support this wonderful cause.”
 
Children with Cancer UK Acting CEO Mark Brider said: “We are delighted to be supporting Richmond RUNFEST as Charity of the Year 2020. Through this partnership, we hope to inspire even more supporters to pick up their running shoes and take on sporting events across the country in aid of Children with Cancer UK. This partnership will help us raise awareness and funds for vital lifesaving childhood cancer research and support our vision of a world where no child dies of cancer.”     
 
Every Children with Cancer UK runner will get frequent training and fundraising tips as well as two training days with the RUNFEST team and a VIP party for their family and friends at the post-race music festival.
 
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Press Enquiries: Sarah Astin: info@richmondrunningfestival.com
Charity Enquiries: Jade Bedford: charities@richmondrunningfestival.com
 
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About Children with Cancer UK
Children with Cancer UK is a leading children’s cancer charity dedicated to raising and investing funds into vital specialist research to save the lives of children with cancer. Our mission is to improve survival rates and the quality of survival in young cancer patients and to find ways to prevent cancer in the future. What began as a small memorial charity in 1988, has evolved into a major force raising more than £250 million and investing in over 200 research projects to help fight the injustice of cancer in children. 
For more information about Children with Cancer UK, visit childrenwithcancer.org.uk. 
 
About Richmond RUNFEST
Richmond RUNFEST’s Kew Gardens 10k is taking place on Saturday 12th September followed by the Half and Full Marathon on Sunday 13th September. Details of how to enter the races or become an official charity runner, visit: www.richmondrunfest.co.uk.
More information:
  • 10,000 participants completed the Richmond RUNFEST 2019
  • RUNFEST is on target to hit £700,000 for charity in 2019 totaling in 3 million overall
  • Richmond Marathon & Half set to sell out in April 2020
  • Kew Gardens 10K on target to sell out in May 2020
  • Other events in RUNFEST series is the graze Richmond Sundown 5K, Kids Mile and Family Mile

SUN SHINES ON THE LARGEST EVER 2019 REALLBUZZ.COM RICHMOND RUNFEST

 
  • 10,000 runners complete the annual running festival.
  • Marathon course record was broken by Kew Gardens 10k record holder, Chris Thompson.
  • New evening 5k event sponsored by Richmond-based graze 
  • Four lucky runners win trip to Cayman Islands 
  • 2012 Olympian wins Kew Gardens 10k
 
Richmond’s annual two-day running festival saw the sun shining and with more than 13,000 runners signed up for races in Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Old Deer Park, Richmond. With the addition of a brand new evening 5K, the weekend-long event included a 10k, half marathon, full marathon, kids’ one mile and 500m races, as well as the family mile event.
 
Tom Bedford, Race Director, said: “We’ve had a fantastic weekend, and our biggest year yet, with a record number of runners and course records. A big thank you to our 600 volunteers who make this event happen.”
 
The headline charity for 2019 was the British Heart Foundation, who had over 100 runners competing over the weekend. 
 
Alongside the running events, spectators and participants were treated to an exclusive performance by vocalists Sharlene Hector and Vula Malinga of Basement Jaxx fame. With a mix of their hits and covers, the crowd were not too tired from running to use their dancing feet.
 
Marathon winners Chris Thompson and Lindy-Lee Folscher also won a luxury holiday to the Cayman Islands for their efforts. In addition, one runner randomly selected in the 10k and one in the half marathon race also secured their next holiday with this giveaway. Hannahclara Vilsek was the random winner in the 10k race, with Ali Stock being awarded the spot prize in the half marathon. 
 
“I’m so glad I did a sprint finish,” said Vilsek, “if I didn’t I wouldn’t have won a trip to the Cayman Islands. Can you imagine the adrenaline of finishing a race and then winning a trip?”
 
“I feel a bit shocked,” said Stock, “I’m a teacher so I’m going to have to convince work for the time off!” 
 
“After a great weekend we can now focus on our brand-new event, AIR:RUN, coming in May 2020 and entirely within Richmond Park,” said Bedford. “We hope to see our Richmond RUNFEST runners at our new event in May!”
 
The brand-new AIR:RUN will take place inside Richmond Park on 31 May, 2020. The 2020 Richmond RUNFEST will be held 12-13 September. To be the first to find out when entries open, register an interest here http://bit.ly/2lP4nCF.  
 
RACE RESULTS 
 
Marathon
Chris Thompson, top male with a chip time of 02:30:09 
Lindy-Lee Folscher, top female with a chip time of 02:58:19
 
Half Marathon
Owor Paskar, top male with a chip time of 01:11:35
Tracy Barlow, top female with a chip time of 01:16:49
 
10K
Scott Overall, top male with a chip time of 00:30:02
Lesley Locks, top female with a chip time of 00:36:31
 
5K
James Hall, top male with a chip time of 00:16:23
Rachel Badham, top female with a chip time of 00:19:46
 
Sponsors of the weekend’s events included: realbuzz.com, Nike, Lucozade Sport, graze, Cayman Islands, Fuller’s, Big Yellow Self Storage and FOREO. 
 
Event partners included: British Heart Foundation, JustGiving, Brentford FC, Visit Richmond, and EASTNINE. 
 
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RACE DIARY: the weekend’s races and results
 
OVERALL WINNER OF 10K
Living up to his namesake, 2012 London Olympian runner Scott Overall won the Kew Gardens 10k with a time of 30 minutes and two seconds (00:30:02) to take the crown. Lesley Locks, of Hampshire, lead the female race with a winning time of 36 minutes and 31 seconds (00:36:31). The only running event competing within the Royal Botanic Gardens, the race saw 3,700 runners take part, an increase of 18% from 2018.
 
NEW SUNDOWN 5K ROCKED
The graze Richmond Sundown 5k race, new for 2019, gave runners an additional chance to earn their coveted Goddess of Victory medal, awarded to any runner who completes two adult events over the weekend. 
 
Sponsored by Richmond-based healthy snack company graze, the new evening event in Old Deer Park let participants race the sunset to claim their medal. James Hall beat the sunset with a time of 16 minutes and 23 seconds (00:16:23), while Rachel Badham was the top female with a chip time of 19 minutes and 46 seconds (00:19:46).
 
 
The evening continued with an exclusive performance by vocalists Sharlene Hector and Vula Malinga  of Basement Jaxx. With a mix of their hits and covers, the crowd were not too tired from running to use their dancing feet.
 
FULL EFFORT BY HALF MARATHON RUNNERS
More than 3,100 runners crossed the finish line in the Richmond Half Marathon. Owor Paskar took the win in the half marathon with a time of one hour, 11 minutes and 35 seconds (01:11:35). Blackpool-based Tracy Barlow’s trip to Richmond was worthwhile with a first place finish in the women’s half marathon with a time of one hour, 16 minutes and 49 seconds (01:16:49)
 
EUROPEAN CHAMP TAKES MARATHON CROWN
Chris Thompson, the 2010 European Athletics Championship 10K winner, won the Richmond RUNFEST marathon with a time of two hours, 30 minutes and nine seconds (02:30:09).           
Lindy-Lee Folscher took the crown in the women’s marathon race with a time of two hours, 58 minutes and 19 seconds (02:58:19). Nearly 1,000 runners completed the full marathon course from Kew Gardens, to Hampton Court Palace and Old Deer Park. 
 
RUNNERS OF ALL AGES TAKE PART 
The Kids’ Mile and Family Mile events saw more than 1,300 runners of all ages race around the one mile and 500m course in Old Deer Park over the weekend. 
 
Race Director Tom Bedford said, “When I see the look on the kids’ face as they finish, it reminds me why we do this. It’s a great way to inspire the next generation with all abilities to take up the sport.”
 
The Kids’ Mile included a Skylarks race, where children with additional needs could use whatever physical or emotional support they need to enable them to take part and achieve their goal in their own way.
 
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NOTICE TO EDITORS
 
Additional images available upon request. 
For the full 2019 results and event information visit www.richmondrunfest.co.uk
  
Press Contact: 
Jade Parker
jade@richmondrunningfestival.com
 
About Richmond RUNFEST
 
Since 2013, Richmond RUNFEST has hosted a running festival in Kew Gardens and Old Deer Park, Richmond. From a half marathon and 10k race day to a full weekend festival of sport in September, Richmond RUNFEST has now grown to include a second event in May, AIR:RUN, to be hosted inside London’s famous Richmond Park. 
More details: 
www.richmondrunfest.co.uk
www.airrun.london

 

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Richmond runners ready to run away!
 
 
realbuzz.com Richmond RUNFEST are ready for a record running attendance with an amazing prize to aim for.
 
Over 9,000 runners will gather at Kew Gardens across the weekend of 14th and 15th September to enjoy the seventh edition of this hugely popular running festival. 
 
This year there is a real incentive for the runners! A luxury plus one trip to the Cayman Islands will be awarded to the male and female winners of the Richmond Marathon along with two random spot prizes for any finisher (and their plus one) in the Kew Gardens 10K and Richmond Half Marathon.
 
The favourite for the men’s race is 2012 Olympian Chris Thompson, who has a personal best of 2 hours 11 minutes. Chris said “If I’m lucky to win the race I’ll try and use the trip as a much awaited honeymoon at the end of the season!”. The women’s marathon elite event is wide open with a number of women who could win. Two randomly selected finishers will also win this amazing get away.
 
Adrian White, Cayman Dept of Tourism says: “The Cayman Islands are a fantastic British Caribbean Island that I am sure will act as a huge incentive for Chris and all of the other marathon runners to win the race. The winners will get a chance to run the IAAF-sanctioned Cayman Marathon (or half) as well as enjoy the miles of beautiful white sandy beaches, clear turquoise seas and Caymanian hospitality. I am also thrilled to be able to support wider participation in the Richmond RUNFEST and look forward seeing the smile on the faces of the randomly selected finishers when they get told they have won a trip to the Cayman Islands.
 
A More Sustainable Event
 
This year the event has been working with our partners at ‘Lucozade Sport’ and ‘Visit Richmond’ to reduce the amount of single use plastic at the event. Our event partner Lucozade Sport will be making all of their on-course bottles for this year’s event from 100% recycled plastic as part of their commitment to reducing their environmental impact.
 
Tom Bedford, Race Director adds: “It’s another year and the realbuzz.com Richmond RUNFEST gets bigger and more sustainable. A record number of runners and a record amount raised for charity is expected and I’m extremely excited to find out who wins these amazing prizes to the Cayman Islands! 
Many of our events have been sold out for months but there is still an opportunity to enter our brand new graze Richmond SUNDOWN 5K that starts at 7pm on the Saturday followed by the singers from Basement Jaxx.” 
 
The realbuzz.com Richmond RUNFEST is now West London’s Largest mass participation event and is hoping to reach a total of £3 million raised for various charities that take part. The event is all inclusive with 6 different distanced events, kids events and a free fitness expo and music after-party in Old Deer Park. For more information please visit www.richmondrunfest.co.uk.
 
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PRESS ENQUIRIES:
Sarah Astin: info@richmondrunningfestival.com
 
Notes:
Still places available in the 5K (Saturday 7pm) and family mile event (Sunday 3pm)
Richmond RUNFEST weekend timetable:
 
Saturday 14th September 2019
AM Kew Gardens 10k (Inside Kew Gardens)
PM Kids’ Mile races (Old Deer Park)
PM graze Richmond Sundown 5k run 
 
Sunday 15th September 2019
AM Richmond Marathon (Start Kew Gardens)
AM Richmond Half Marathon (Start Kew Gardens)
PM Family FunRun (Old Deer Park)  3pm

 

Embargoed: 28th June 2019

Get your bum down to the Sundown 5k

The realbuzz.com Richmond RUNFEST are excited to launch their new 5k race – The RICHMOND SUNDOWN 5K. This will be an evening race in Richmond Upon Thames starting at 7pm on Saturday 14thSeptember at the Richmond RUNFEST. Participants can watch the sun go down as they make their way around the 5k course and finish with a special music after party where Sharlene & Vula from Basement Jaxx will be headlining.

This 5k course is fun and flat with entertainment every 500m to keep the runners going! Each participant will receive a fantastic medal AND a beer at the end.

The 5K follows on from the Richmond Kids’ events in the afternoon where there is also entertainment for the little runners, so the whole family can have fun and be active throughout the day. In addition to this is the Richmond Fitness Expo and a variety of Food vendors for post-run refuelling. Entry into this post-run fun is free to all family & friends so bring them along and 'Bingo Bango' together!

Race Director, Tom Bedford said “music is an important element to a RUNFEST event so we are super excited to have Sharlene and Vula performing with their band. It does not matter if you walk it, jog it or run it. Just ‘Do your thing’ and join us on the 14thSeptember! “

There are 100 early bird (£5 off) places available so make the most of this and enter quick! - https://bit.ly/2ITBCOs

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PRESS ENQUIRIES:

Sarah Astin: info@richmondrunningfestival.com

Notes:

Still charity places available in the 10k, Half Marathon and Full Marathon. 

Richmond RUNFEST weekend timetable:

Saturday 14th September 2019

AM Kew Gardens 10k (Inside Kew Gardens)

PM Kids’ Mile races (Old Deer Park)

PM New Sundown 5k run 

Sunday 15th September 2019

AM Richmond Marathon (Start Kew Gardens)

AM Richmond Half Marathon (Start Kew Gardens)

PM Family FunRun (Old Deer Park)


Embargoed: 1stJanuary 2019

British Heart Foundation to be RUNFEST’s Charity of the Year 2019

The Richmond RUNFEST is proud to announce British Heart Foundation (BHF) is the new Charity of the year for 2019. The partnership will raise vital funds for the BHF’s life saving research to help beat heartbreak forever. 

Heart and circulatory diseases, including coronary heart disease, stroke, vascular dementia and their risk factors such as diabetes, devastate millions of families across the UK. Money raised from Richmond RUNFEST events in 2019 will go towards helping us better understand how to prevent, diagnose and treat heart and circulatory diseases, which are responsible for 1 in 4 deaths in the UK.

Liam O’Reilly, Third Party Events Lead at the BHF said, “We’re honoured to have been chosen as Richmond RUNFEST’s Charity of the Year 2019. It’s a truly fantastic way to generate awareness for our cause and to help raise money to fund lifesaving research for the seven million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory diseases which include heart disease, vascular dementia and stroke.”

Jade Bedford, Assistant Race Director at RUNFEST, says: “We are delighted to welcome the British Heart Foundation as our Charity of the Year 2019. As our first headline charity focused on beating heartbreak forever, we are excited to be a part of this challenge to encourage our runners to 'run with heart’!”

Richmond RUNFEST’s Kew Gardens 10k is taking place on Saturday 14th September followed by the Half and Full Marathon on Sunday 15th September. Details of how to enter the races or become an official charity runner for RUNFEST’s official charities, visit: www.richmondrunfest.com for more information.

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PRESS RELEASE: 14th December 2018

Richmond RUNFEST Raises Record Amount for Charity

Runners at this year’s ‘realbuzz.com Richmond RUNFEST’ raised over £630,000 for Charity. This total is more than last year’s £550,000 and sets a new fundraising record for the event. Since the inauguration in 2013, the event has now raised over £2 million for charities and local community groups.

2018 was the largest ever Richmond RUNFEST with just under 10,000 finishers across the weekend of events. This year they introduced a new 5k which was held in Old Deer Park, contributing towards the record number of finishers. 

“I would like to say a big thank you to Great Ormond Street Hospital for allowing us to officially use a ‘Peter Pan’ theme, which certainly added many smiles to the best ever Richmond RUNFEST to date. Our record amount of money raised for charities would not happen without our hundreds of volunteers and local community groups, so a big thank you and Merry Christmas to them. 

In a year that’s seen a slight decrease in event registrations nationally across running events, we continue to sell out in record times. We are already massively up on last year’s numbers and expect to sell out even earlier this year. We have some big plans for 2019 that we look forward to sharing with you in the New Year, along with next year’s headline Charity of the Year”. Race Director, Tom Bedford. 

Next year’s event will continue to have the 5k, 10k and Kids’ Mile on Saturday 14th September and the Half Marathon, Full Marathon and Family Mile on Sunday 15th September.

For more information and how to enter the 2019 event, please visit www.richmondrunfest.co.uk.

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'Richmond RUNFEST' was created in 2013 as a Richmond Upon Thames Olympic Legacy event, launched by Mo Farah in Kew Gardens.

Over 800 children from local schools are given free entry into the Kids' Mile races.

Press enquires: 

Sarah Astin | info@richmondrunningfestival.com| 020 3602 4244


 

PRESS RELEASE: 26 July 2018

 

THERE’S A REAL BUZZ ABOUT THE 2018 RICHMOND RUNFEST

Realbuzz.com announced as title sponsor of September running festival

Running and fitness online retail specialist, realbuzz.com has been unveiled as the new title sponsor for this autumn’s Richmond RUNFEST. 100 runners, plus GB Olympian and World Athletics Medallist, Jenny Meadows, gathered at the new realbuzz Piccadilly Circus store last night (Wednesday 25 July) to enjoy the celebrations and a team 5k training run around St James’ Park.

To add to the buzz of the night, the race team also revealed the newest addition to the event line-up; the Richmond 5k: Pirate Run. Taking place at 12.30 on Saturday 15th September, the Richmond 5k: Pirate Run will enjoy an action packed journey round Old Deer Park. The race will be chip timed and runners will receive a t-shirt and race medal.

Over 8,000 runners will gather at Kew Gardens across the weekend of 15th and 16thSeptember to enjoy the sixth edition of this hugely popular running festival.

Paul Eaton, chief marketing officer at realbuzz.com says: “We are excited to be joining forces with one of the UK’s finest running festivals. We cannot wait to meet the thousands taking part, not only to provide expert training advice and the latest sports apparel and shoes but to support their running journeys and cheer them across the line in September.”

Tom Bedford, Race Director adds: “We are so proud to welcome realbuzz.com to the Richmond RunFest family and look forward to a brilliant festival in September. The two teams fit perfectly together with one common goal; to encourage more people of all ages and fitness abilities to enjoy the sport of running.

“Our new 5k is a much anticipated addition to our line up and we can’t wait to unveil the numerous surprises we have planned for the route. With our theme confirmed as Neverland, Peter Pan, mermaids, lost boys, crocodiles, Captain Hook and the Pirates of the Jolly Rogger will create a very magical race experience for thousands of families.”

 

The realbuzz.com Richmond RUNFEST races include:

  • Saturday 15th: Newly unveiled and open for entries, Richmond 5k; Pirate Run, two loops of Old Deer Park (12.30). Race entry: £12.00. Followed by 1,500 kids running in the Richmond Kids Mile. Race entry: £10.
  • Saturday 15th: London’s flattest 10k running entirely inside the Royal Botanic Gardens with views of the newly restored Temperate House. Flat, fast; great for PB hunters.
  • Sunday 16th: Half and full marathon through Kew Gardens, Ham House and Hampton Court Palace.
  • Sunday 16th: Family Mile, a fun run at Old Deer Park for children over the age of 5 and their families.
  • Goddess of Victory Challenge: run two races across the weekend including 5k or 10k and half or full marathon to be in with the chance of an exclusive medal, Goddess of Victory ranking and prize money*

 

Charity places are still available for the 10k, half and full marathon - now’s the time to confirm your spot in this beautifully scenic race while fundraising for a fantastic cause. We’ll see you at the start line – for more information on each of the events visit www.richmondrunfest.co.uk.

 

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*prize money not available for those running the 5k as a race option for the Goddess of Victory Challenge

 

Notes:

realbuzz is an independent online performance leisure and fitness brand. realbuzz Piccadilly Circus is now open. The biggest of its 13 stores is located opposite the world-famous jumbo screens on Regent Street. realbuzz offers specialist footwear, clothing, and accessories from all the biggest brands. This includes adidas, New Balance, Brooks, ASICS and many more.

 

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Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity to be RUNFEST’s Charity of the Year 2018!

The Richmond RUNFEST, London’s most beautiful event is proud to announce Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Children’s Charity is the new Charity of the Year for 2018.

GOSH Charity joins The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Charity, to be the official charities in what the organisers hope will be another very successful fundraising year for the event.

The Richmond RUNFEST hit a new fundraising record in 2017, helping to raise over £550,000 for worthy causes nationally and locally. The fundraising total in the five years of RUNFEST now stands at over £1.5 million.

“We are extremely proud to welcome Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity for 2018. We were blown away by the support and care that Great Ormond Street Hospital   provides to seriously ill children and are delighted to support its charity. As an event we care about the next generation and couldn’t be more proud to host both our 2018 charities for their care and dedication to research. I would like to thank all our runners and volunteers who helped us break our fundraising record for the 5th year in a row! “ Race Director, Tom Bedford.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity raises vital funds to help support seriously ill children from across the UK who are treated at GOSH, and their families too. Money raised by runners who take on the distances at the Richmond Running Festival will help to fund the most urgent needs of the hospital from pioneering new medical research and funding the most up to date medical equipment, to supporting services for children and their families and funding the essential rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital.

Laura Savory, Head of Community Fundraising at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity said: “We are thrilled to be the official charity partner for the Richmond RUNFEST in 2018, which is a really exciting event in the running calendar. Every penny raised by runners in aid of GOSH Charity will help to make a vital difference to seriously ill children from across the UK. I would like to wish everyone who signs up the very best of luck with their training.”

For another year we are proud to be the official charity partner of the year for Richmond RUNFEST. You can help support Kew by being part of #KewTeamOrchid to help fund plant-based solutions to global challenges such as biodiversity loss, food security, poverty, disease and changing climate. None of this important work can be done without the help of our wonderful supporters.” Alex Stephenson, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Charity.

To help Richmond RUNFEST charities reach new fundraising goals, we are delighted to partner with JustGiving as our online giving partner. The world’s most trusted online giving platform, JustGiving is committed to using the best the web has to offer to help great causes reach more people, raise more money and change more lives.

The 2018 Richmond RUNFEST weekend will be held on Saturday 15th September with the Kew Gardens 10K, ALL inside Kew Gardens. Sunday 16th September will include the Richmond Half and Full Marathon. Entries for 2018 Sunday events are selling fast and the Kew Gardens 10k early bird entries will open on boxing day!

Details of how to enter the races or become an official charity runner for RUNFEST’s official charities, visit: www.richmondrunfest.co.uk for more information.

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'Richmond RUNFEST' was created in 2013 as a Richmond Upon Thames Olympic Legacy event, launched by Mo Farah in Kew Gardens.

Over £1,500,000 has been raised for charity. 10% of all race entries are donated to local charities and community projects.

Over 800 children from local schools are given free entry into the Kids' Mile races.

About Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity

Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children's hospitals with the broadest range of dedicated, children's healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK. The hospital's pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children from across the UK with the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions. Our patients and families are central to everything we do – from the moment they come through the door and for as long as they need us.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity needs to raise money to support the hospital to give children who need help the most, the best chance for life. The charity funds research into pioneering new treatments for children, provides the most up to date medical equipment, funds support services for children and their families and supports the essential rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital. You can help us to provide world class care for our patients and families. For more information visit www.gosh.org

If you require more information and photo’s please contact:

Jade Parker | jade@richmondrunningfestival.com | 020 3602 4244

Embargoed: 3rd March 2017 

Richmond RUNFEST hit £1 million charity target!

The Richmond RUNFEST, London’s most exclusive race, announces they have raised over £1 million for charity in only 4 years of running.

Raising money to help worthy causes nationally and locally, the Richmond RUNFEST 2016 included 25 partner charities and two official charities ‘The Kew Foundation' and ‘Alzheimer's Society'.

To achieve such a milestone in just four years is an Olympic achievement considering the size of the race. With the addition of the new Kew Gardens 10k and Richmond Marathon events, we hope to double this number in half the time!' Race Director, Tom Bedford.

Richmond RUNFEST are delighted to reveal the Official Charities of 2017 are: Macmillan Cancer Support and The Kew Foundation.

We’re very excited to be the official charity partner for Richmond RUNFEST this year and would love for you to be a part of #TeamMacmillan!’. Helen Hancock, Regional Events Fundraising Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support.

For another year we are proud to be the official charity partner of the year for Richmond RUNFEST, you can help support Kew by being part of #KewTeamOrchid!' Alex Stephenson, Kew Foundation.

Kew is finding plant-based solutions to global challenges such as biodiversity loss, food security, poverty, disease and changing climate. Our scientists are discovering new ways of using plants for the benefit of people, whilst working hard to conserve and restore the world's habitats, particularly those most in danger. None of this important work can be done without the help of our wonderful supporters.

Additionally, Richmond RUNFEST and everydayhero are proud to announce our partnership will run throughout 2017. Fundraisers on everydayhero typically raise 46% more than other fundraisers by making use of the fitness app integrations on offer.

The 2017 Richmond RUNFEST will be held in a new weekend format. Saturday 16th September the new Kew Gardens 10K will take place inside Kew Gardens. Sunday 17th September will return including the Richmond Half and Full Marathon. Entries for 2017 are still available, however register now, entries are 1 month ahead of schedule.

For more information and details of how to enter the races, visit: www.richmondrunfest.co.uk

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Notes:

‘Richmond RUNFEST’ was created in 2013 as a Richmond Upon Thames Olympic Legacy event, launched by Mo Farah in Kew Gardens.

Over £1,000,000 has been raised for charity. 10% of all race entries are donated to local charities and community projects.

Over 800 children from local schools are given free entry into the Nike Kids’ Mile races.

New Richmond RUNFEST weekend timetable:

Saturday 16th September 2017

AM Kew Gardens 10k (Inside Kew Gardens)

PM NIKE Kids’ Mile races (Old Deer Park)

Sunday 17th September 2017

AM Richmond Marathon (Start Kew Gardens)

AM Richmond Half Marathon (Start Kew Gardens)

PM NIKE Family FunRun (Old Deer Park)

If you require more information or photos please get in contact:

Jade Parker, Head of Communications, Richmond RUNFEST jade@richmondrunningfestival.com | 0208 943 1837

Embargoed: 10th February 2017

KEW GARDENS 10K:  LONDON’S MOST EXCLUSIVE RACE

The ‘Richmond RUNFEST’, London’s Most Exclusive Race, just got more beautiful!

‘Richmond RUNFEST’ launches a brand new 10k course that runs completely inside the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, on Saturday the 16th September, 2017. The new course means that runners will get to view the beauty of Kew as fast (or slow) as they want.

In the 4 years it has been running, the ‘Richmond RUNFEST’ has raised over £1million for charities expects to raise even more due this new Saturday event. The Kew Gardens 10K is followed up on Sunday 17th September, by a full and half marathon running through London’s greenest borough.

“The Kew Gardens 10k course is one of the worlds most scenic, which allows runners to run to every inch of a World Heritage Site.

The new course has been four years in the making and would not have happened without the great support of Kew Gardens, who continue their London 2012 legacy.

The new course is not only beautiful but flat, so perfect for our Olympians to test it and see if it can also be the UK’s fastest 10k!”

Tom Bedford, Race Director.

With only 2,000 public entries available the Kew Gardens 10k is expected to sell out early. For more information and to register for the race, please visit: www.richmondrunfest.co.uk

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Notes:

‘Richmond RUNFEST’ was created in 2013 as a Richmond Upon Thames Olympic Legacy event, launched by Mo Farah in Kew Gardens.

Over £1,000,000 has been raised for charity. 10% of all race entries are donated to local charities and community projects.

Over 800 children from local schools are given free entry into the Nike Kids’ Mile races.

 

New Richmond RUNFEST weekend timetable:

Saturday 16th September 2017

AM Kew Gardens 10k (Inside Kew Gardens)

PM NIKE Kids’ Mile races (Old Deer Park)

 

Sunday 17th September 2017

AM Richmond Marathon (Start Kew Gardens)

AM Richmond Half Marathon (Start Kew Gardens)

PM NIKE Family FunRun (Old Deer Park)

If you require more information or photos please get in contact:

Jade Parker, Head of Communications, Richmond RUNFEST jade@richmondrunningfestival.com | 0208 943 1837

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Queen Pavey and King Thompson rock Richmond!

On Sunday there was a Royal treat for the spectators in Kew Gardens as Jo Pavey, Charlotte Purdue, Chris Thompson and Scott Overall dueled it out for victory in the ‘Kew Gardens 10k’.

Taking back her ‘Queen of Richmond’ title, super-mum Jo Pavey conquered triumphantly in a time of 33mins 10secs only two days short of her 43rd birthday.

“This is my first race since Rio and I absolutely love it here. I am pleased to have won against many good runners”.

“It’s so cool this event with a mix of surfaces; Kew Gardens Path, trail and grass. It’s really exciting and I absolutely loved it.” Jo Pavey

Reigning champion Chris Thompson, clocked up a hat-trick of victories in a sprint finish with 2012 Olympian Scott Overall. The training partners were neck and neck until the final sprint. With 100m to go Thompson exploded through the line in 30mins 20secs followed seconds later by Overall.

The inaugural ‘Richmond Marathon’ that ran through Hampton Court Palace was won by Paul Holley in 2hrs 46mins 30secs and Amy Clements in an impressive 2hrs 57mins 17secs. The winners were crowned on signature thrones and presented with a 1.5 meter Runfest trophy!

Throughout the afternoon over 1,000 children competed in the NIKE Kids’ Mile with live bands and the Richmond Fitness Expo keeping the crowds entertained through to the end.

The 2017 Richmond RUNFEST will be held on Sunday 17th September with entries for the Richmond Half now available. After such a successful event, entries are expected to sell our 6 months in advance!

If you require more information or photos please get in contact:

Jade Parker, Head of Communications, Richmond RUNFEST jade@richmondrunningfestival.com | 0208 943 1837

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Notes:

This is 4th running of the event inspired by London 2012. This year the Richmond Marathon event has been added which runs through Hampton Court Palace.

Richmond RUNFEST is expected to raise over 1 million for national and local charities since the inaugural race in 2013.

The Richmond Fitness Expo and Music Festival was held in Old Deer Park on Sunday 18th September, free to the public.

10% of all race entry fees for the Richmond RUNFEST will go directly to charity.

For more information and details of how to enter the races, visit: www.richmondrunfest.co.uk

Alzheimer’s Society (www.alzheimers.org.uk) and
The Kew Foundation (www.kew.org/about/our-work/people-and-departments/about-kew-foundation).

Embargoed: 14th April 2016

Richmond Marathon: Announcing Britain’s Crown Jewel of Running

The ‘Richmond RUNFEST’, London’s Most Exclusive Race, just got more beautiful!

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.

With only 1,000 public entries it is expected the race will sell out early. For more information and to register for the race, please visit: www.richmondrunfest.co.uk

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Notes:

‘Richmond RUNFEST’ was created in 2013 as a Richmond Upon Thames Olympic Legacy event, launched by Mo Farah in Kew Gardens.

In 2015 over £350,000 was raised for charity. 10% of all race entries are donated to local charities and community projects.

Over 800 children from local schools are given free entry into the Nike Kids’ Mile races.

If you require more information or photos please get in contact: Jade Parker, Head of Communications, Richmond RUNFEST jade@richmondrunningfestival.com | 0208 943 1837

For immediate release: 1st April 2016

The Worlds First Under 12’s Half Marathon!

Richmond RUNFEST announces the launch of the first ever Kids’ Under 12’s Half Marathon.

After the great success of the NIKE Kids’ Mile, the Richmond RUNFEST is launching the first ever Under 12’s Half Marathon. The NIKE kids’ Race, which take place after the adults Half & 10k on 18th September, has been such a corner stone for beating child obesity that they have decided to go one step (and a bit more) further.

The course will be supported by Milk stations on route to fit in with the Governments Nutritional guidelines and ‘Sleep Stops’ will be implemented at mile 3 and 9. Although this is not classed as an IAAF sanctioned race, all participants will be drug tested.

‘I think this is a great way to beat obesity for children. If every child in the borough ran in this race, we will undoubtedly cure childhood obesity in one day. We are also delighted to have Bob the Builders cousin ‘Joe the Jogger’ as the Official Race Starter.’ Tom Bedford, Race Director.

Public Entries for the adults Half Marathon have nearly sold out and we expect the Kids Half Marathon to follow suit. For more information and details on how to enter the race, visit: www.richmondrunfest.co.uk

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Notes:
 
Richmond RUNFEST was created in 2013 as a Richmond Upon Thames Olympic Legacy, launched by Mo Farah in Kew Gardens

10% of all the race entry fees for the 2015 Richmond RUNFEST went directly to our two local official charities:Over 800 children from local schools are given free entry into the Nike Kids’ Mile races.

For immediate use: 1st April 2016

If you require more information or photos please get in contact.
 
Jade Parker, Head of Communications, Richmond RUNFEST 
E: jade@richmondrunningfestival.com | 0208 943 1837 

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