Richmond Marathon

Did you know? In 6 years of organising the Richmond RUNFEST, we have helped charities and local community groups raise over £2 million!

When registering, please consider raising money for one of our official charities or a charity close to your heart!

Athletes running the Richmond Marathon
Cost:£48.50
Event Time:09:00 am
Event Date:13 September 2020
Event Distance:26.2 Miles

Running Events

History | Getting Started | Top Events


Running events are some of the most popular types of fitness events out there – and are one of the easiest to get in to, whilst being very tricky to master. Because of this, it is a great place to start when you want to get in to a fitness regime – but there is a lot more to it than simply placing one foot in front of the other!

Runners taking part in a running event


Brief History of Running

Competitive races are thought to have at first started (as with many sports) with the Ancient Greeks, though many other traces link it to the Egyptians, parts of Asia and many other parts of Africa. One of the earliest recorded event is from 1829 BCE at an Irish festival honouring the goddess Tailtiu in a series of sporting events known as the Tailteann Games. A thousand years later in 776 BCE, we have the first record of the Olympics in Greece, and this is likely where many forms of runs and marathons have their origins.

Since then many different type of events have come about – through the Olympic Games are still probably the most famous. Throughout the world events are held all the time from simple small 5k runs to enormous 26 mile sprints like the London Marathon.


How to get started in running events

Luckily it is one of the easiest sports to get in to – you just need to start moving! Starting off with small jogs and sprints is the best way to get started and then you can slowly start to increase distance to build yourself up to bigger and better runs. I’d suggest started off with something like a 5K as this is not too challenging but long enough for you to get a real sense for what is involved in the sport. You can read our article here all about how to prepare for your first 5K which will give you some more insight on how to get your training started.

Once you get started you will quickly see there is a lot more to taking on a run than simply getting out there and jogging. If you are looking to get serious then you may want to start investing in some good gear – a good pair of running trainers is the best place to start. You can also invest in a lot of other running specific clothing too though be warned things can start to get expensive.


Running Races Near Me

There are quite a lot of different runs to choose from depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we list some of the best running events in the UK, if you know what type of event you want you can click one of the links below to find out more;

 

Fun Runs  | 5K Runs  | 10K Runs  | Half Marathons  | Marathons

 


Top Running Events in 2020

We have picked out the best events taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Running Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.

Bournemouth Marathon

Although we have picked this particular event, there are actually 4 different events taking place at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival so you really do have the widest choice available to suit your ability. Not only does it have great options but also stunning scenery, it takes place along the coastline and also the iconic Bournemouth pier. We have been to the Half Marathon event before so check out our review here.

Find out more about the 2020 Bournemouth Marathon

 


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The Richmond Marathon Course

Run through London's greenest borough including Kew Gardens, Richmond Bridge and Hampton Court Palace. This marathon sold out in April in 2018.

With three famous bridges, two Royal Palaces and one famous river this race has been described as "the Worlds most scenic Marathon! "Like the Richmond Half and Kew Gardens 10k, the RUNFEST Marathon starts inside Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The race will tour Richmond's greenest borough, the highlight being the majestic Hampton Court Palace!

"The finish was well organised with a great quality medal and lots of freebies and a t shirt. The event village at the finish was vibrant and full of atmosphere. An event that I would definitely do again."

Event Location : Richmond, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, TW9 3AB

51.478744, -0.295573

Charities & Sponsors

Age UK

Email Address: Not Provided
Phone Number: 0800 169 8787

British Heart Foundation

Email Address: events@bhf.org.uk
Phone Number: 0845 130 8663

Children with Cancer UK

Email Address: info@childrenwithcancer.org.uk
Phone Number: 020 7404 0808

Mind

Email Address: contact@mind.org.uk
Phone Number: 02085 192122

Target Ovarian Cancer

Email Address: fundraising@targetovariancancer.org.uk
Phone Number: 020 7923 5474