The Quicksilver Hampton Court Half Marathon
The Quicksilver Hampton Court Half Marathon is the original race in the area. It is run over a fast, flat and visually interesting course that borders the river-side grounds of the magnificent Hampton Court Palace to the South West of London. The fast flat route is definite PB potential, while also offering great scenery.
Runners will enjoy the closed road loop around the picturesque village of Thames Ditton, the historic Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames marketplace, the iconic 3 mile stretch of the Barge Walk beside the Thames, and of course full views of Hampton Court Palace. The route is pavement, pedestrian/cycle track, riverside way, and tarmac paths through parks.
Officially measured course run under UKA licence
A superb medal
A high quality technical race T shirt
A great goody bag
Accredited traffic marshals
Toilets at Start/Finish and halfway mark
Water stations will be provided at approximately 3 mile intervals
Professional First Aid cover will be available at the race to provide medical support if necessary
Giggs Hill Green, Giggs Hill Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey KT7 0BT
Hampton Court is 1.4 miles from the race start at Giggs Hill Green, which is approx a 29 minute walk.
On foot: Local runners are advised to jog to the start and drop kit at the baggage drop.
By bike: Local runners/keen cyclists are advised to come by bike. There will be plenty of bike racks avaible near to Giggs Hill Green.
By train: The nearest train station to Giggs Hill Green is Thames Ditton. We have organised with SW trains that the two early trains (below) to travelling to Thames Ditton from Waterloo on the day of the race, will have extra carriages on them to accommodate runners.
06:57 London Waterloo, arr. Thames Ditton 07:30
07:27 London Waterloo, arr Thames Ditton 08:00
By bus: There are various bus routes running on Sunday mornings, see below, or for more options check out London Bus Routes here.
Tip: If you have a smartphone, a good bus route app is: Bus Times
By car: Thames Ditton is within the M25 corridor and can be accesed from various points on the SW side of the M25. It can also be accessed from the A3, which runs from central London.
The Park and Ride scheme is put in place to make arrival at the race simple and stress free. Car drivers are advised to park at Sandown Park Race course in Esher, which is 1.8 miles from the start at Giggs Hill Green. Runners can then use our special Park & Ride bus service to travel to and from the start. Buses will be leaving Sandown Park at regular intervals starting from 06:30am. The total journey time to the race start from Sandown Park will take approx 15 minutes.
Please use the Park and Ride facility if you are planning to travel by Car. Do not park on local roads as many of these form part of the course, and we want to avoid unnecessary disruption to local residents.
Sandown Park, Portsmouth Rd, Esher, KT10 9AJ (1.8 miles from the start at Giggs Hill Green)
Parking costs £10 per car and the buses to and from the event are free to the driver and passengers. So we encourage you to join up with friends and family and limit number of vehicles.
HOW DO YOU BOOK?
When entering the event online you will be given the option to add a Park & Ride car park space to your entry.
If you would like to book subsequent to entering, you can revisit the entry form and select to purchase a P&R ticket as a separate merchandise option. Click here
Once booked, you will receive your Car Park permit via email 1-2 weeks prior to raceday.
On race day:
- Arrive at Sandown Park Race Course with your Park & Ride permit on show in your car. A steward will show you where to park.
- Once you have parked up head to the front entrance of Sandown which is where the buses will be picking up.
- Hop on a bus. (Buses will be leaving at regular intervals from 06:30am).
- The bus will drop you at the bottom of Claygate Lane, which is just a short walk to the start at Giggs Hill Green.
- See you at the Start!
- After the race, return to where the bus dropped you off and hop on a return bus back to Sandown Park!
This professionally managed event includes baggage storage, toilets at Start/Finish and halfway mark and an officially measured course run under a UKA licence.
Accredited traffic marshals will keep you safe and pacer groups will help you achieve your target time.
The closed road start and finish add to the big race feel and runner security.
The course is very flat and runs on pavement, shared pedestrian/cycle track, riverside way, and tarmac paths through parks.
The race starts at 08.30 am. The wave start system will give all entrants a clear run on the open public road elements. There are good runner facilities, toilets and baggage area at the Race HQ.
There are no changes being made to the course and the course will remain the same as in 2018 and 2017. The course was accurately measured in January 2017 and holds a certificate of course accuracy (Verification measurement under the Association of Course Measurer’s Registered Distance rules). It is a flat, mixed terrain course over closed and public roads, with a section on a good surface towpath of approximately three miles.
No dogs, accompanying vehicles or cycles are allowed on the course (with the exception of the organisers lead and tail bikes). We regret the course is not suitable for wheelchairs, prams or pushchairs. The course will be marked at each mile.
The race is officially measured by the Association of Course Measurers and holds a Registered Distance certificate. It is licenced through Run Britain and holds a full United Kingdom Athletics licence (UKA licence number 2018-32063)
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.
Policy on wearing headphones during the race:
The Hampton Court Half Marathon is run under licence from UK Athletics and we are bound by British Athletics rules. From 1st April 2016 a new rule banning the wearing of head phones in road races was introduced. This applies to races held on single carriageway roads that are not closed to traffic.
As the Hampton Court Half Marathon has significant sections on open roads, and because we feel it is the runners and organisers interest for runners to be able to hear marshals instructions, we do not permit the use of headphones on any open road sections of the race. 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.
However please do note that bone-conducting headphones are allowed under UKA rules and therefore allowed in this race.
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