There is quite a buzz on social media regarding the bee-spoke medals on offer at Richmond RunFest (16-17 September, 2017). The bling reflects The Hive exhibition at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and incorporates a honey bee-sized cut out and honeycomb design features. Runners will be making a 'beeline' for Richmond to get their hands on one!
RunFest Medals Are The Bees Knees
The inspiration for the medals is not your everyday bee hive. The Hive is a unique, multi-sensory experience designed to highlight the extraordinary life of a bee. A feat of British engineering, it stands 17 metres tall and is set in a wildflower meadow. Here you can consider the complex relationship between plants and their pollinators from the bee's point of view.
All runners in the Kew Gardens 10K (16 September), as well friends and family members, will have free admission to Kew Gardens on Saturday morning so they can support while enjoying the facilities at this world class venue.
Sunday sees the action move to the Broadwalk, Victoria Gate at Kew Gardens for the start of the Richmond Half Marathon and Richmond Marathon. Both courses are flat and fast, alongside River Thames, finishing in Richmond Old Deer Park for a spectacular conclusion.
Any runners fit and brave enough to tackle the 'weekend double' of 10k on Saturday and either half or full marathon on Sunday will be rewarded with a specially commissioned Laureus medal. Throughout history Nike, the winged Goddess of Speed, Strength and Victory, flew the battlefields to reward winners with fame and glory, symbolised by a wreath of laurel and this modern interpretation could be your personal victory celebration.
Just a few places remain in the marathon and half marathon, and Kew Gardens 10K is expected to reach capacity next month. Full details are at the Richmond RunFest website.
Images courtesy Richmond Runfest