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Harry Hawkes Half Marathon

Giggs Hill Green, Thames Ditton, Surrey

Giggs Hill Green, Thames Ditton, Surrey, UK

Sun 26th September 2021

1 race


Organiser's Description

For one year only, the Harry Hawkes will become the Harry Hawkes Half Marathon!

Run over a fast, flat and scenic multi-terrain course that offers great PB opportunities, the event combines a perfect English village atmosphere with professional race management.

The race will follow the original Harry Hawkes 8 mile loop with additional sections in Thames Ditton and North Kingston to make the full 13.1 mile distance. The route incorporates open road sections with a fantastic stretch through woodland, riverside park and the superb three mile Barge Walk section stretch along the River Thames, making for a scenic run which is fast, flat and fun.

The organisers have made the decision to move from 10 miles to a half marathon in 2021 as a response to the Covid restrictions which have led to race cancellations and postponements. We believe a big demand has built up from runners who had intended to run in Half Marathon events in 2020 and early 2021, and this summer special will meet their requirements for one of the great races on the South West London calendar.

The race will be run under any Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines that remain in place at the time of the event.

All finishers will receive a super race medal and personalised certificate showing there time and place.


  • Half Marathon Entry


    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00



  • Half Marathon Entry


    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

What's Included

Prizes for individual and team performances

Chip timing

Great start and finish area on the Village Green

Super fast, flat course with PB potential and lovely scenery

Finishers medal – big, solid and great design!

Baggage storage

Post race cash BBQ & beer on the Green

Officially measured 10 mile distance

Portaloos at the start and finish

Professional first aid cover available

Water stations at mile 2, 4.5, 7.5


Giggs Green, Thames Ditton, Surrey KT7 0BT

Race Village is situated by the Thames Ditton Cricket Club, on the North West corner of the Green.

How To Get There

If you are local, please consider walking, jogging, cycling or getting a bus to the event.

By Car: Thames Ditton is off the Portsmouth Road (A307), which runs through SW London and NW Surrey. Using a satnav enter Postcode KT7 0BT.

By train: Trains from London Waterloo to Thames Ditton station take between 33 – 43 minutes. The station is 10 minutes’ walk from Giggs Hill Green.

By bus: The K3 bus from Kingston via Surbiton Station runs to Thames Ditton. Get off at the Mayfield Close bus stop on Sugden Road and then walk up Angel Road. It is about half a mile to the start.


Car Park 1. CEB, 1 Atwell Place, Thames Ditton, KT7 0NE. Located just off the Portsmouth Road and is approx. 2 min walk form the race start. There are about 200 spaces available on a first come serve basis. You need to park before 08:30 if you would like to use this car park, after this point runners will be crossing the entrance. There will also be a short hold on entry between 08:00 – 08:10 for the start of the Ditton Dash 10K.

Car Park 2. Thames Ditton Library, Mercer Cl, Thames Ditton, KT7 0BS . There are 50 spaces and it is used very little on a Sunday, with no charges applying.

Car Park 3. Ashley Road, Thames Ditton, KT7 0NH. There are spaces for 66 cars and it is virtually unused on a Sunday morning. Again there are no charges on a Sunday. It is about a third of a mile to walk back to the start.

Car Park 4. Hampton Court Station, Hampton Ct Way, Molesey, KT8 9AE. This is a large car park with plenty of spaces and costs just £2 for all day Sunday. It’s about 1.4 miles from the start, so allow 25 minutes to walk or 15 minutes to jog. A nice pre-race warm up!

Course Details

Runners will enjoy a route on road, river path and woodland that takes them through the historic Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames marketplace, the picturesque village of Thames Ditton, and a three mile stretch of the Barge Walk beside the Thames.

Event details

Minimum age for entry is 16 on race day.

Race numbers: We are not sending numbers out in the post in advance. You are able to collect your number in advance of the race (advance collection info will be confirmed in due course), or from race registration on the day. If you are picking up your number on the day please arrive at least 1 hour early to allow time for this. Only the person who has entered the race should collect the race number.

It is permitted to transfer race numbers to another person, but this should only be done in advance through the Race registration service operated by Sport Systems. This is a condition for entering the race and is extremely important especially in the event of illness or an accident during the event. It may also affect the results, and may mean someone getting a prize to which they aren’t entitled.

Pin your race number on the FRONT of your running vest or ‘T’ shirt, where it is most visible for race officials. Runners who do not have a properly displayed number or are identified as running under the wrong name will be liable to disqualification. Please complete the form on the back of your number with your name, contact details and any medical condition. This will help in the event of an accident or illness.

Race discipline & rules: The route runs on public roads. Keep to the left of the road, pavement or path during the race. Take care when overtaking and make way for faster runners. If you need to stop or walk for any reason, please move to the side of the course, so as not to impede other runners. Instructions issued by the Race Marshals, who will be wearing fluorescent yellow bibs, MUST be obeyed. They will advise you of any hazards. In line with UK Athletics rules the organisers prohibit the use of headphones during the race, as these may prevent you from hearing instructions from Marshals. (Please note the UKA do allow bone conducting headphones). Any runner not complying with these rules is liable to disqualification. The Race Referee’s decision is final at all times. This advice is for your own safety and that of other road users. Without your co-operation it is not possible to hold a race on public roads.

The race will be held under a UK Athletics licence.

Start: All competitors should try to arrive at least one hour before the start to allow time to collect your race number and timing chip from Race HQ. You will also need time for warming up and lining up. The Start is on Giggs Hill Green. The race will start promptly at 9.30 am. Listen for the race marshals instructions to guide you to the start at the appropriate time. Please be realistic about your expected performance, line up according to how fast you plan to run. Slower runners should move to the back of the group. The race cut off time will be 2 hours and 30 minutes. Please pay attention to the pre-race instructions. These are for the benefit of all runners, and will help guide you through the course and keep you safe.This advice is for your own safety and that of other road users. You must be certain to run over the matting at the start line to ensure that your chip is registered.

Finish: The finish is in the same place as the start on Giggs Hill Green. The timing chip on your shoe will record your race time as you cross the line. Make certain that you run over the matting in the finish funnel, this will ensure that your chip is registered. Once you have crossed the finish line, don’t stop, keep moving to the end of the funnels; stay in the exact order in which you have finished. Please don’t get ahead of anyone in the finish funnels. This is very important for accurate timing and placing. If someone gets in front of you, politely ask them to go back, they may not only get your hard earned place and time, but they may also mess the whole results up.
On completion of the race, runners will be presented with their finishers medal, fruit and water.

Prize giving will take place on the Green, as soon as possible after the race. Individual prizewinners will qualify for one prize only. The ‘higher prize’ will be given if a competitor wins more than one category, e.g. a vet 40 man who wins the race would get 1st male prize and the next vet 40 man would get the 1st men’s vet prize. If you think that you have won something please stay to collect it. It makes the event more enjoyable and prizes not claimed on the day will have to be collected from the organiser subsequent to the raceday.

All results and information will be posted on the Harry Hawkes 10 website.

Entries: A maximum of 750 runners will be allowed on the day. We will accept entries on the day, unless the maximum entry figure is reached in advance and entries are closed

Team entries: Team prizes will be awarded to the first Mens Team and the first Womens team.The first 4 Team members to finish score. If you are thinking of entering a team please ensure that when you enter you state the correct team name so that scoring points can be attributed correctly. The entries are all computerised and therefore different notations will be record differently . For example “The Stragglers Running Club” is different from “Stragglers”.


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