The Royal Borough of Kingston Half Marathon
Starting in the famous ancient Market Place, runners will then cover 5 miles through the historic Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames before crossing over Kingston Bridge and heading up the iconic 3 mile stretch of the Barge Walk, beside the Thames. The race then reaches the magnificent Hampton Court Palace before continuing through Thames Ditton and back towards Kingston for the famous Market Place finish.
Super fast, flat course with PB potential and great scenery
Great start and finish area in Kingston Market square
Great medal – big, solid and great design!
Top technical Tshirt
Toilets at start finish and half way mark
Professional marshals at all key points on course
Officially measured Half Marathon distance
Pacers provided by The Xempo Team experienced racers
Market Place, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1JS
Starting in the famous Ancient Market Place, runners will then cover 5 miles through the historic Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames before crossing over Kingston Bridge and heading up the iconic three mile stretch of the Barge Walk beside the Thames. The race then reaches the magnificent Hampton Court Palace before continuing through Thames Ditton and back towards Kingston for the famous Market Place finish.
The event takes place in central Kingston, so there are plenty of public transport options available. However if you are local, please consider walking, jogging, cycling or getting a bus to the race.
Train – The nearest train station is Kingston Rail Station which is just 0.3 miles from the Start, approx a 7 minute walk.
Car – Our official car park partner is the Eden Walk Car Park which is just a 2 minute walk to the race HQ and Start.
Address: Union Street, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1BL.
The Car Park will open early for the race at 06:00am. The special rate for runners is £5 all day parking (usually £14). No need to book in advance. On the day, Car Park staff will issue you with a voucher at the entrance. You will then use the voucher to pay when you exit the car park later on.
Baggage storage facilities will be available at Race HQ in the Market Place. Please note the organisers cannot accept responsibility for security and advise that competitors do not leave valuables in their bags.
There will be portaloos available at the event, just a short walk from the race Start. These will be signed on the day.
There will also be a small number of portaloos available on route at Hampton Court Station (approx 8.5 miles).
Please note that we are not sending numbers out in the post in advance. You have the option of either:
–Collecting your race pack from the Up and Running store in Surbiton. Collection dates will be confirmed in due course.
–Or alternatively from race registration on the day. If you are picking up your number on the day please allow plenty of time for this. Only the person who has entered the race should collect the race number.
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.
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 in Kingston Market Place. The race will start promptly at 08:30 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 is 3 hours.
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.
We are delighted to announce we will be working with Xempo to bring Pacers to this years event!
Pacers will cover a full range of finishing times to help you achieve your race target.
The Xempo team are all experienced racers who are trained to help you maintain a steady pace. If your goal is to finish a half marathon in 2 hours, for example, running with a 2-hour pacer will help you to maintain an average pace of 9 minutes 09 seconds per mile.
1:30, 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30
All the pacers will be highly visible in the starting pen, wearing flags with “Xempo” and their target time written clearly on them. Simply find the pacer who is running the time that you are targeting and run with them!
My first Half Marathon
Scenic course and a well organised event
The course was well marshalled and everyone did a great job to make this a successful event.