Richmond RUNFEST continued with Richmond Marathon and Richmond Half Marathon attracting 3,500 runners to Kew Gardens for the start on Sunday (17 September). Both courses weave through Royal Botanical Gardens before taking full advantage of the Thames Path National Trail through Richmond, Ham and Kingston, finishing in Old Deer Park.
Seven men ducked under three hours in the marathon with Daniel Baker (Southampton, 2:48:24) making a winning debut over 26.2 miles. He was joined on the podium by Adam Roberts (2:52:39) and first M40 Douglas Nesbit (St Albans Striders, 2:53:00). Graham Hedger (M50, 2:58:54) was an impressive higher age-group leader.
The women's marathon was comfortably won by Melissah Gibson (3:05:54) from South African ultra runner Lindy-Lee Folscher (W35 Boksburg AC, 3:13:55) and Alice Smith (3:15:48). Emma Hollands (W40 Paddock Wood, 3:19:56) led the masters in fifth overall. There were 835 finishers in 6:12:46 and the halfway runner came through in 4:09:11.
Half the distance tripled the entry as 2,607 completed the mainly flat route inside 4:23:09. Alex Milne (Enfield and Haringey, 1:10:11) finished a mile clear of the chasing pack, despite his exertions 24 hours earlier when he was second in Kew Gardens 10K. Ben Crabb (M40, 1:16:54) and Chris Page (1:18:06) did their best to keep the leader in sight.
Rachel Felton (W35 Shaftesbury Barnet, 1:22:07), Gemma Barry (Hillingdon, 1:23:34) and Phillipa Williams (Elswick Harriers, 1:24:09) topped the women's results as the first 76 to return to Old Deer Park were inside 90 minutes.
Richmond RUNFEST was created in 2013 as a Richmond Upon Thames Olympic Legacy event, launched by Mo Farah in Kew Gardens, and 10% of all race entry proceeds are donated to local charities and community projects. Over 800 children from local schools are given free entry into the NIKE Kids’ Mile races and the weekend concludes with a mass NIKE Family Fun Mile.
Image courtesy Frank Noon/Richmond RUNFEST