The sixth Quicksilver Hampton Court Half Marathon returns with a royal fanfare on Sunday (17 February). Last year more than 4,000 runners spent up to three hours admiring the fabulous views, while there was a royal burn up at the front as Peter Hawkings (Highgate Harriers) and Bethany Scott (London Heathside) were crowned as champions.
Quicksilver Hampton Court Half Marathon is held on a fast, flat and attractive course that borders the riverside grounds of magnificent Hampton Court Palace to the south west of London. Course highlights include a closed road loop around picturesque Thames Ditton, historic Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames marketplace, Barge Walk beside the River Thames and views of Hampton Court Palace, where Henry VIII will be waiting to greet you.
This professionally managed event includes baggage storage, toilets at the start/finish and halfway and an officially measured course run under UKA licence. Accredited traffic marshals keep you safe and pacer groups help runners achieve their target times. All finishers receive a superb medal, a great goody bag with delicious treats and high quality technical race T-shirt.
The varied course runs on pavement, shared pedestrian/cycle track, riverside path and through parkland. A wave start system gives all entrants a clear run based on anticipated finishing times.
Typically, winning times are around 70 minutes for men and 80 minutes for women. Peter Hawkings (1:10:11) and Australian athlete Bethany Scott (1:22:35) were close to those levels last year and both set big PBs for 13.1 miles.
Around 300 runners reached the finish inside 90 minutes in 2018, with a high percentage of personal bests to illustrate the fast nature of the course. Look out for our full race report in runABC South next week.
Image courtesy Quicksilver Hampton Court Half Marathon