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PRESS RELEASE: 26 July 2018

 

THERE’S A REAL BUZZ ABOUT THE 2018 RICHMOND RUNFEST

Realbuzz.com announced as title sponsor of September running festival

Running and fitness online retail specialist, realbuzz.com has been unveiled as the new title sponsor for this autumn’s Richmond RUNFEST. 100 runners, plus GB Olympian and World Athletics Medallist, Jenny Meadows, gathered at the new realbuzz Piccadilly Circus store last night (Wednesday 25 July) to enjoy the celebrations and a team 5k training run around St James’ Park.

To add to the buzz of the night, the race team also revealed the newest addition to the event line-up; the Richmond 5k: Pirate Run. Taking place at 12.30 on Saturday 15th September, the Richmond 5k: Pirate Run will enjoy an action packed journey round Old Deer Park. The race will be chip timed and runners will receive a t-shirt and race medal.

Over 8,000 runners will gather at Kew Gardens across the weekend of 15th and 16thSeptember to enjoy the sixth edition of this hugely popular running festival.

Paul Eaton, chief marketing officer at realbuzz.com says: “We are excited to be joining forces with one of the UK’s finest running festivals. We cannot wait to meet the thousands taking part, not only to provide expert training advice and the latest sports apparel and shoes but to support their running journeys and cheer them across the line in September.”

Tom Bedford, Race Director adds: “We are so proud to welcome realbuzz.com to the Richmond RunFest family and look forward to a brilliant festival in September. The two teams fit perfectly together with one common goal; to encourage more people of all ages and fitness abilities to enjoy the sport of running.

“Our new 5k is a much anticipated addition to our line up and we can’t wait to unveil the numerous surprises we have planned for the route. With our theme confirmed as Neverland, Peter Pan, mermaids, lost boys, crocodiles, Captain Hook and the Pirates of the Jolly Rogger will create a very magical race experience for thousands of families.”

 

The realbuzz.com Richmond RUNFEST races include:

  • Saturday 15th: Newly unveiled and open for entries, Richmond 5k; Pirate Run, two loops of Old Deer Park (12.30). Race entry: £12.00. Followed by 1,500 kids running in the Richmond Kids Mile. Race entry: £10.
  • Saturday 15th: London’s flattest 10k running entirely inside the Royal Botanic Gardens with views of the newly restored Temperate House. Flat, fast; great for PB hunters.
  • Sunday 16th: Half and full marathon through Kew Gardens, Ham House and Hampton Court Palace.
  • Sunday 16th: Family Mile, a fun run at Old Deer Park for children over the age of 5 and their families.
  • Goddess of Victory Challenge: run two races across the weekend including 5k or 10k and half or full marathon to be in with the chance of an exclusive medal, Goddess of Victory ranking and prize money*

 

Charity places are still available for the 10k, half and full marathon - now’s the time to confirm your spot in this beautifully scenic race while fundraising for a fantastic cause. We’ll see you at the start line – for more information on each of the events visit www.richmondrunfest.com

 

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*prize money not available for those running the 5k as a race option for the Goddess of Victory Challenge

 

Notes:

realbuzz is an independent online performance leisure and fitness brand. realbuzz Piccadilly Circus is now open. The biggest of its 13 stores is located opposite the world-famous jumbo screens on Regent Street. realbuzz offers specialist footwear, clothing, and accessories from all the biggest brands. This includes adidas, New Balance, Brooks, ASICS and many more.

 

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Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity to be RUNFEST’s Charity of the Year 2018!

The Richmond RUNFEST, London’s most beautiful event is proud to announce Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Children’s Charity is the new Charity of the Year for 2018.

GOSH Charity joins The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Charity, to be the official charities in what the organisers hope will be another very successful fundraising year for the event.

The Richmond RUNFEST hit a new fundraising record in 2017, helping to raise over £550,000 for worthy causes nationally and locally. The fundraising total in the five years of RUNFEST now stands at over £1.5 million.

“We are extremely proud to welcome Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity for 2018. We were blown away by the support and care that Great Ormond Street Hospital   provides to seriously ill children and are delighted to support its charity. As an event we care about the next generation and couldn’t be more proud to host both our 2018 charities for their care and dedication to research. I would like to thank all our runners and volunteers who helped us break our fundraising record for the 5th year in a row! “ Race Director, Tom Bedford.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity raises vital funds to help support seriously ill children from across the UK who are treated at GOSH, and their families too. Money raised by runners who take on the distances at the Richmond Running Festival will help to fund the most urgent needs of the hospital from pioneering new medical research and funding the most up to date medical equipment, to supporting services for children and their families and funding the essential rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital.

Laura Savory, Head of Community Fundraising at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity said: “We are thrilled to be the official charity partner for the Richmond RUNFEST in 2018, which is a really exciting event in the running calendar. Every penny raised by runners in aid of GOSH Charity will help to make a vital difference to seriously ill children from across the UK. I would like to wish everyone who signs up the very best of luck with their training.”

For another year we are proud to be the official charity partner of the year for Richmond RUNFEST. You can help support Kew by being part of #KewTeamOrchid to help fund plant-based solutions to global challenges such as biodiversity loss, food security, poverty, disease and changing climate. None of this important work can be done without the help of our wonderful supporters.” Alex Stephenson, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Charity.

To help Richmond RUNFEST charities reach new fundraising goals, we are delighted to partner with JustGiving as our online giving partner. The world’s most trusted online giving platform, JustGiving is committed to using the best the web has to offer to help great causes reach more people, raise more money and change more lives.

The 2018 Richmond RUNFEST weekend will be held on Saturday 15th September with the Kew Gardens 10K, ALL inside Kew Gardens. Sunday 16th September will include the Richmond Half and Full Marathon. Entries for 2018 Sunday events are selling fast and the Kew Gardens 10k early bird entries will open on boxing day!

Details of how to enter the races or become an official charity runner for RUNFEST’s official charities, visit: www.richmondrunningfestival.com for more information.

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'Richmond RUNFEST' was created in 2013 as a Richmond Upon Thames Olympic Legacy event, launched by Mo Farah in Kew Gardens.

Over £1,500,000 has been raised for charity. 10% of all race entries are donated to local charities and community projects.

Over 800 children from local schools are given free entry into the Kids' Mile races.

About Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity

Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children's hospitals with the broadest range of dedicated, children's healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK. The hospital's pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children from across the UK with the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions. Our patients and families are central to everything we do – from the moment they come through the door and for as long as they need us.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity needs to raise money to support the hospital to give children who need help the most, the best chance for life. The charity funds research into pioneering new treatments for children, provides the most up to date medical equipment, funds support services for children and their families and supports the essential rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital. You can help us to provide world class care for our patients and families. For more information visit www.gosh.org

If you require more information and photo’s please contact:

Jade Parker | jade@richmondrunningfestival.com | 020 3602 4244

Embargoed: 3rd March 2017 

Richmond RUNFEST hit £1 million charity target!

The Richmond RUNFEST, London’s most exclusive race, announces they have raised over £1 million for charity in only 4 years of running.

Raising money to help worthy causes nationally and locally, the Richmond RUNFEST 2016 included 25 partner charities and two official charities ‘The Kew Foundation' and ‘Alzheimer's Society'.

To achieve such a milestone in just four years is an Olympic achievement considering the size of the race. With the addition of the new Kew Gardens 10k and Richmond Marathon events, we hope to double this number in half the time!' Race Director, Tom Bedford.

Richmond RUNFEST are delighted to reveal the Official Charities of 2017 are: Macmillan Cancer Support and The Kew Foundation.

We’re very excited to be the official charity partner for Richmond RUNFEST this year and would love for you to be a part of #TeamMacmillan!’. Helen Hancock, Regional Events Fundraising Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support.

For another year we are proud to be the official charity partner of the year for Richmond RUNFEST, you can help support Kew by being part of #KewTeamOrchid!' Alex Stephenson, Kew Foundation.

Kew is finding plant-based solutions to global challenges such as biodiversity loss, food security, poverty, disease and changing climate. Our scientists are discovering new ways of using plants for the benefit of people, whilst working hard to conserve and restore the world's habitats, particularly those most in danger. None of this important work can be done without the help of our wonderful supporters.

Additionally, Richmond RUNFEST and everydayhero are proud to announce our partnership will run throughout 2017. Fundraisers on everydayhero typically raise 46% more than other fundraisers by making use of the fitness app integrations on offer.

The 2017 Richmond RUNFEST will be held in a new weekend format. Saturday 16th September the new Kew Gardens 10K will take place inside Kew Gardens. Sunday 17th September will return including the Richmond Half and Full Marathon. Entries for 2017 are still available, however register now, entries are 1 month ahead of schedule.

For more information and details of how to enter the races, visit: www.richmondrunningfestival.com

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Notes:

‘Richmond RUNFEST’ was created in 2013 as a Richmond Upon Thames Olympic Legacy event, launched by Mo Farah in Kew Gardens.

Over £1,000,000 has been raised for charity. 10% of all race entries are donated to local charities and community projects.

Over 800 children from local schools are given free entry into the Nike Kids’ Mile races.

New Richmond RUNFEST weekend timetable:

Saturday 16th September 2017

AM Kew Gardens 10k (Inside Kew Gardens)

PM NIKE Kids’ Mile races (Old Deer Park)

Sunday 17th September 2017

AM Richmond Marathon (Start Kew Gardens)

AM Richmond Half Marathon (Start Kew Gardens)

PM NIKE Family FunRun (Old Deer Park)

If you require more information or photos please get in contact:

Jade Parker, Head of Communications, Richmond RUNFEST jade@richmondrunningfestival.com | 0208 943 1837

Embargoed: 10th February 2017

KEW GARDENS 10K:  LONDON’S MOST EXCLUSIVE RACE

The ‘Richmond RUNFEST’, London’s Most Exclusive Race, just got more beautiful!

‘Richmond RUNFEST’ launches a brand new 10k course that runs completely inside the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, on Saturday the 16th September, 2017. The new course means that runners will get to view the beauty of Kew as fast (or slow) as they want.

In the 4 years it has been running, the ‘Richmond RUNFEST’ has raised over £1million for charities expects to raise even more due this new Saturday event. The Kew Gardens 10K is followed up on Sunday 17th September, by a full and half marathon running through London’s greenest borough.

“The Kew Gardens 10k course is one of the worlds most scenic, which allows runners to run to every inch of a World Heritage Site.

The new course has been four years in the making and would not have happened without the great support of Kew Gardens, who continue their London 2012 legacy.

The new course is not only beautiful but flat, so perfect for our Olympians to test it and see if it can also be the UK’s fastest 10k!”

Tom Bedford, Race Director.

With only 2,000 public entries available the Kew Gardens 10k is expected to sell out early. For more information and to register for the race, please visit: www.richmondrunningfestival.com

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Notes:

‘Richmond RUNFEST’ was created in 2013 as a Richmond Upon Thames Olympic Legacy event, launched by Mo Farah in Kew Gardens.

Over £1,000,000 has been raised for charity. 10% of all race entries are donated to local charities and community projects.

Over 800 children from local schools are given free entry into the Nike Kids’ Mile races.

 

New Richmond RUNFEST weekend timetable:

Saturday 16th September 2017

AM Kew Gardens 10k (Inside Kew Gardens)

PM NIKE Kids’ Mile races (Old Deer Park)

 

Sunday 17th September 2017

AM Richmond Marathon (Start Kew Gardens)

AM Richmond Half Marathon (Start Kew Gardens)

PM NIKE Family FunRun (Old Deer Park)

If you require more information or photos please get in contact:

Jade Parker, Head of Communications, Richmond RUNFEST jade@richmondrunningfestival.com | 0208 943 1837

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Queen Pavey and King Thompson rock Richmond!

On Sunday there was a Royal treat for the spectators in Kew Gardens as Jo Pavey, Charlotte Purdue, Chris Thompson and Scott Overall dueled it out for victory in the ‘Kew Gardens 10k’.

Taking back her ‘Queen of Richmond’ title, super-mum Jo Pavey conquered triumphantly in a time of 33mins 10secs only two days short of her 43rd birthday.

“This is my first race since Rio and I absolutely love it here. I am pleased to have won against many good runners”.

“It’s so cool this event with a mix of surfaces; Kew Gardens Path, trail and grass. It’s really exciting and I absolutely loved it.” Jo Pavey

Reigning champion Chris Thompson, clocked up a hat-trick of victories in a sprint finish with 2012 Olympian Scott Overall. The training partners were neck and neck until the final sprint. With 100m to go Thompson exploded through the line in 30mins 20secs followed seconds later by Overall.

The inaugural ‘Richmond Marathon’ that ran through Hampton Court Palace was won by Paul Holley in 2hrs 46mins 30secs and Amy Clements in an impressive 2hrs 57mins 17secs. The winners were crowned on signature thrones and presented with a 1.5 meter Runfest trophy!

Throughout the afternoon over 1,000 children competed in the NIKE Kids’ Mile with live bands and the Richmond Fitness Expo keeping the crowds entertained through to the end.

The 2017 Richmond RUNFEST will be held on Sunday 17th September with entries for the Richmond Half now available. After such a successful event, entries are expected to sell our 6 months in advance!

If you require more information or photos please get in contact:

Jade Parker, Head of Communications, Richmond RUNFEST jade@richmondrunningfestival.com | 0208 943 1837

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This is 4th running of the event inspired by London 2012. This year the Richmond Marathon event has been added which runs through Hampton Court Palace.

Richmond RUNFEST is expected to raise over 1 million for national and local charities since the inaugural race in 2013.

The Richmond Fitness Expo and Music Festival was held in Old Deer Park on Sunday 18th September, free to the public.

10% of all race entry fees for the Richmond RUNFEST will go directly to charity.

For more information and details of how to enter the races, visit: www.richmondrunningfestival.com

Alzheimer’s Society (www.alzheimers.org.uk) and
The Kew Foundation (www.kew.org/about/our-work/people-and-departments/about-kew-foundation).

Embargoed: 14th April 2016

Richmond Marathon: Announcing Britain’s Crown Jewel of Running

The ‘Richmond RUNFEST’, London’s Most Exclusive Race, just got more beautiful!

On 18th September, ‘Richmond RUNFEST’ celebrates its first Olympic-cycle by introducing a full distance river running Marathon through the Royal Borough of Richmond-Upon-Thames.

Starting inside the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the race will tour Londons’ greenest borough, running through the historic Hampton Court Palace.

The Richmond Marathon is expected to raise over half a million pounds for charity and will run in conjunction with The Richmond Half Marathon, the Kew Gardens 10K and the NIKE Kids’ Mile.

“The Richmond Marathon course is one of the worlds most scenic races that allows runners to run past three historic bridges, two Royal Palaces, and one music festival.

This event has been three years in the making and would not have happened without the great support of Kew Gardens, Hampton Court Palace, Richmond and Kingston Council.

‘Richmond RUNFEST’ was inspired by the Great London Olympics four years ago and it is an honor to create an event that runs past the exact spot where Bradley Wiggins made Olympic history.” Tom Bedford, Race Director.

With only 1,000 public entries it is expected the race will sell out early. For more information and to register for the race, please visit: www.richmondrunningfestival.com

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Notes:

‘Richmond RUNFEST’ was created in 2013 as a Richmond Upon Thames Olympic Legacy event, launched by Mo Farah in Kew Gardens.

In 2015 over £350,000 was raised for charity. 10% of all race entries are donated to local charities and community projects.

Over 800 children from local schools are given free entry into the Nike Kids’ Mile races.

If you require more information or photos please get in contact: Jade Parker, Head of Communications, Richmond RUNFEST jade@richmondrunningfestival.com | 0208 943 1837

For immediate release: 1st April 2016

The Worlds First Under 12’s Half Marathon!

Richmond RUNFEST announces the launch of the first ever Kids’ Under 12’s Half Marathon.

After the great success of the NIKE Kids’ Mile, the Richmond RUNFEST is launching the first ever Under 12’s Half Marathon. The NIKE kids’ Race, which take place after the adults Half & 10k on 18th September, has been such a corner stone for beating child obesity that they have decided to go one step (and a bit more) further.

The course will be supported by Milk stations on route to fit in with the Governments Nutritional guidelines and ‘Sleep Stops’ will be implemented at mile 3 and 9. Although this is not classed as an IAAF sanctioned race, all participants will be drug tested.

‘I think this is a great way to beat obesity for children. If every child in the borough ran in this race, we will undoubtedly cure childhood obesity in one day. We are also delighted to have Bob the Builders cousin ‘Joe the Jogger’ as the Official Race Starter.’ Tom Bedford, Race Director.

Public Entries for the adults Half Marathon have nearly sold out and we expect the Kids Half Marathon to follow suit. For more information and details on how to enter the race, visit: www.richmondrunningfestival.com

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Richmond RUNFEST was created in 2013 as a Richmond Upon Thames Olympic Legacy, launched by Mo Farah in Kew Gardens

10% of all the race entry fees for the 2015 Richmond RUNFEST went directly to our two local official charities:Over 800 children from local schools are given free entry into the Nike Kids’ Mile races.

For immediate use: 1st April 2016

If you require more information or photos please get in contact.
 
Jade Parker, Head of Communications, Richmond RUNFEST 
E: jade@richmondrunningfestival.com | 0208 943 1837 

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