30 Aug

Richmond Festival Gets Farah Backing

Mo Farah on the throne

The inaugural Richmond Running Festival was recently launched by the one and only Mo Farah. The double Olympic and World champion cut his teeth as a runner in South West London, home of the event which is part of Richmond's London 2012 Olympic legacy programme.

After revealing the course, which will start in Kew Gardens on 22 September, the double world champion coached a group of 20 school children through a warm-up routine outside the Palm House before giving them running technique advice and tips on how to win gold.

The festival includes half marathon and 10K races for adults, plus a number of free-to-enter events for children of all ages from Year 1 primary to secondary school teenagers. Every child will receive a medal, a Nike t-shirt and a special autograph card signed by an Olympian.

Sitting on the event winner's throne, Mo said: "I am delighted to reveal that the Richmond Running Festival will start in Kew Gardens. I have run round all the beautiful parks in London but never Kew Gardens. I am going to have to look at my diary and see if I can complete the list and become King of Richmond!"

The Festival's Race Director Tom Bedford said: "Like many, we were inspired by the London Olympics, and believe the summer of 2012 can live on in spirit through the Richmond Running Festival. I am ecstatic that the race will start in the most beautiful garden in Europe. How many races start in a world heritage site?"

To find out more about the event, visit www.richmondrunningfestival.com