Half full or still half empty? Either way of looking at it, the entries are flowing as well as the athletic looking pint of London Pride beer in our photo from Richmond RUNFEST that is on schedule for another sold-out event on 15-16 September, 2018.
Richmond RUNFEST comprises five events: Kew Gardens 10K and Kid's Mile takes place on Saturday, 15 September and Richmond Half Marathon, Richmond Marathon and Nike Family Mile is on Sunday, 16 September. RUNFEST organisers, Tom and Jade, have told runABC South that the most popular distance to date is the half marathon, already half full, and there were more than 4,000 finishers last year.
Charity is a huge part of the weekend and the official charities for 2018 are Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and the Kew Foundation. These charities and others have guaranteed places available and some will have race day support. Richmond RUNFEST has raised more than £1.5 million for local and national causes in the first five years of the event.
Not many goody bags include a free pint of beer but that is the case at Richmond RUNFEST. To clarify, the goody bag includes a free beer voucher that can be exchanged for the amber nectar in local pubs and at the Richmond Fitness Expo and Music and Food Festival at Old Deer Park.
All competitors will receive a bespoke medal, Nike technical T-shirt (including female sizes) and free entry to the music festival. Additionally, runners in the Kew Gardens 10K will have free entry to the World Heritage Site at Kew Gardens for two adults and unlimited children.
Richmond RUNFEST takes place among some of the best running areas in London with starts in Kew Gardens and beautiful routes beside River Thames. The marathon and half marathon finish in Old Deer Park beside the river, where the Kid's Mile and Family Mile are held.
Full details are available at Richmond RUNFEST website here
Image courtesy Richmond RUNFEST