Richmond Half Marathon - February
One of the fastest and most scenic half marathon courses around, suited to both the beginner and faster athletes. This is a great course to acheive that personal best time! The race starts and finishes at the Old Deer Park and over 70% of the course runs along the the River Thames towpath.
The race starts and finishes at Old Deer Park on Twickenham Road as indicated by the arrow on the map below. This is also race HQ and where the registration area is located.
If travelling by train/tube, the nearest station is Richmond. From the station, turn right and walk up Kew Road to Richmond Circus. From here take the first exit left on to Twickenham and continue until you reach race HQ. In total, this is less than a ten minute walk. Please check Transport for London and Rail/tube website before travelling as there could be industrial action!
If travelling by car, parking is available for over 400 cars at Old Deer Park Car Park (TW9 2RA) which is located opposite the event HQ. This is free until 11.00am on Sundays, after which a charge of £0.75 per each half hour applies (you can pay when you arrive and will be issued a ticket to start at 11.00am). We anticipate that this car park will fill up very quickly and so, if you intend to use this car park we recommend that you arrive early to give yourself enough time to find alternative parking should this be necessary. Should you choose to use the Old Deer Park Car Park please use the footbridge to cross the A316 to get to the start. Do not try and cross the road without the footbridge as you will be endangering yourself and others!
Among others alternatives, we suggest Ranelagh Drive which is adjacent to Twickenham Bridge (TW1 1QZ) and a five minute walk to the event - once parked, cross Richmond Footbridge and turn right towards the narrow bridge that leads into Old Deer Park and to race HQ. However, there is also plenty of metered parking (free on Sunday) available in the local area around Kew Road and the surrounding areas. Please note there will be no parking allowed in the Pools in the park car park at the entrance of Old Deer Park. Anyone that tries to park here could get clamped so we advise the other areas mentioned above. This car park is only for members using the gym and we cannot stress this enough that no parking please!!!
Toilets will also be provided at the start / finish area. An official race photographer will be in attendance around the course so make sure they catch you when you are looking your very best! A Medical team will also be situated at the start area.
There will be supervised baggage drop area at the event. This is free to use but please note that we cannot take any responsibility for loss of items or possessions, so please refrain from storing valuables in this area. Please tear off the baggage tag from the race number and attach to your bag before setting off for the race.
The route is on public roads. Runners are advised to keep on the pavements at all times.
Please don’t try and impede other runners and road users. Just remember these are public roads so please do respect ALL road users and traffic.
There will be marshals around the course who are there for your safety and to guide runners along the running route. Please adhere to all their instructions as they may be pointing out hazards en-route.
Any athlete not complying with the rules faces disqualification.
All kinds of hot drinks and refreshments will be available.
Results will be available after you cross the finish line. The official results will be posted on the website a few hours after the event.
Prizes will be award to the 1st 2nd & 3rd Male & Female and there will also be Vets Prizes for V40, V50, & V60 for both Male and Female.
All finisher will be awarded a finishers medal!
A great race
Small Event - Fast Field
Worth knowing that the event is a small field (c. 400 I believe, against about 4,000 at HC). Parking / amenities are really good.
Beautiful location, and the weather was kind on Sunday.
A small race, with a fast field and lots of club runners. I'm coming back to fitness after injury so finished at about 2:30 and was one of the last back.
Good course, scenic but the repeating loop was not my idea of fun, personally.
In the final miles it was dodging pedestrians and there were few runners still out, which isn't a very good feeling - the final (and starting) km or so is a miserable loop of the field, which is a bit disheartening when you loop past the Finish!
If you're a fast runner I'd recommend it. If you're looking for a more mixed field and fun atmosphere, definitely Hampton Court.
Not a very nice medal and no goody bag, if those are your motivators!