There was no shortage of talent in action at last year's Kew Gardens 10K with Chris Thompson and Jo Pavey taking the winners' plaudits. This year's race, on Saturday 16 September, will be held on a brand new course, entirely within the world famous Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.
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Last year's winning times were 30:21 for Chris Thompson (Aldershot) and 33:11 for Jo Pavey (Exeter) as 895 runners closed in 2:04:27 and 376 broke the hour. All that is purely academic, though, as the new course will bring every one of the anticipated 2,000 entries up close and personal to the flora and fauna that makes Kew Gardens such a special place.
Richmond Runfest was created in 2013 as a Richmond upon Thames Olympic legacy event, and was launched by Mo Farah in Kew Gardens. The weekend festival of running comprises five key elements: Kew Gardens 10K and Nike Kids Mile on Saturday (16 September); Richmond Marathon, Richmond Half Marathon and Nike Family Fun Run on Sunday (17 September).
The new 10k course means that runners will get to view the beauty of Kew as fast (or slow) as they want. Richmond Runfest has raised over £1million and 10% of 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. All 10k entrants and their immediate family and friends will receive free entry to Kew Gardens for the day.
Race director, Tom Bedford (Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers), an experienced and accomplished athlete with a 2:19:30 marathon to his credit, said: “The new Kew Gardens 10K course is one of the world's most scenic, which allows runners to run 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!”
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 visit the Richmond Runfest website.