About Us

 

The Richmond RUNFEST and Worthing RUNFEST is organised by RUNFEST LTD (Company Reg No. 08521533). In 2013, the aim was to organise a fun local event in Richmond Upon Thames involving the whole family and the local community.

10 years later we have raised over £4million for our charity partners and have over 10,000 participants at our Richmond RUNFEST event. We are now branching out with a new RUNFEST event in Worthing and another event called Kew The Run in the beautiful Kew Gardens.

From the outset, we have looked to incorporate all the wonderful examples we have witnessed from all corners of the running world. At RUNFEST we do not like to use the word 'NO' and look to incorporate as many peoples ideas and inspiration as possible. We started this event as a blank canvas and continue to add pencil thin structure and lots of colour to it as we go along.

We hope this is just the start of a wonderful journey for the RUNFEST team and hope to include many people from the running community. If you have any colour that you think will look good on the canvas and want to get involved then please get in touch and help us achieve something different!

MEET THE TEAM

 


 

History timeline

 

2022

We are celebrating 10 years of Richmond RUNFEST and we are expanding in 2022 to include the following events:

timeoutdoors Kew The Run

Worthing RUNFEST

Richmond RUNFEST

Kempton Park Running Festival

2021

Our team proudly put on the British Olympic Marathon trials inside Kew Gardens that saw Chris Thompson, Steph Davies and Ben Connor qualify for Tokyo. The event was put on during peak covid restrictions and also hosted the British Race Walking Olympic Trials. Check out the highlights here.

2020

Despite dealing with all the covid-19 restarints we managed to put on the UK's largest mass participation socially distanced event inside Kew Gardens.

2019'

Just under 10,000 finishers across the weekend of events. A new graze Richmond Sundown 5k was introduced this year in Old Deer Park on the Saturday evening, this contributed towards the record number of finishers. Runners at this year’s ‘realbuzz.com Richmond RUNFEST’ raised over £630,000 for Charity. Since the inauguration in 2013, the event has now raised over £3 million for charities and local community groups.

Our Charity of the Year, Great Ormond Street Hospital, allowed us to officially use a 'Peter Pan' theme, which certainly added many smiles to the best ever Richmond RUNFEST to date.

2018

Just under 10,000 finishers across the weekend of events. A new 5k was introduced this year in Old Deer Park on the Saturday, this contributed towards the record number of finishers. Runners at this year’s ‘realbuzz.com Richmond RUNFEST’ raised over £630,000 for Charity. This total is more than last year’s £550,000 and sets a new fundraising record for the event. Since the inauguration in 2013, the event has now raised over £2 million for charities and local community groups.

Our Charity of the Year, Great Ormond Street Hospital, allowed us to officially use a 'Peter Pan' theme, which certainly added many smiles to the best ever Richmond RUNFEST to date.


 

2017

We are very proud to announce the new format of the Richmond RUNFEST. The Kew Gardens 10k is moving to the Saturday where it starts and finishes inside Kew Gardens. The Kids' Mile is also moving to the Saturday but stays at Old Deer Park. This leaves the Richmond Half and Full Marathon on the Sunday with the addition of a family funrun happening in Old Deer Park.

The new course changes for all events are amazing and we cannot wait to show you nearer the event.

 


 

2016

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 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.

 


 

2015

6,000 adult runners registered (4,000 in the Half Marathon and 2,000 in the Kew Gardens 10k) and 1,000 children competed in the Kids Mile races, which was free to all schools in the Borough.

The event raised over £350,000 for our charities including the Victoria Foundation and the Kew Foundation (Official charities of the year).

 


 

2014

2014 allowed the event to double in size and saw the addition of the Junior Wheelchair Race, supported by Paralympian Gold medalist David Weir and the Weir Archer Academy.

6,000 adult runners registered (4,000 in the Half Marathon and 2,000 in the Kew Gardens 10k) and 1,000 children competed in the Kids Mile races, which was free to all Schools in the Borough.

The event raised over £150,000 for charity, which included local charities in the Richmond Borough. Our target is to raise £250,000 for 2015.

 

 

In November the event was commended for 'Best Achievement in Social Responsibility' at the Richmond Business Awards and we are proud to have the support of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. We were also finalists at the 'Event Production Awards'.

 

 


 

2013

The inaugural Richmond Running Festival brought the best of Southwest London together embracing fitness, charity, tourism and local business at Old Deer Park. The event included a Half Marathon and a 10km run starting in beautiful Botanical, Kew Gardens and finished in Old Deer Park. At the festival 700 local school children ran in the Kids' mile race.

After the event runners celebrated their run in the London Pride tent and were entertained by the boroughs best local music supplied by the famous Crawdaddy Club. Local running clubs were on hand to explain more about what they do and where they run.

 


 

RICHMOND RUNFEST WEEKEND 2022

AIR:10K SAT 10TH SEPT 2022

RICHMOND KIDS' MILE SAT 10TH SEPT 2022

Visit Cayman Islands SUNDOWN 5K SAT 10TH SEPT 2022


RICHMOND MARATHON SUN 11TH SEPT 2022

RICHMOND HALF MARATHON SUN 11TH SEPT 2022

RICHMOND FAMILY MILE SUN 11TH SEPT 2022


Kew The Run 2022 | Worthing RUNFEST 

Check out our sister events taking place in April.

KEW GARDENS 10K SAT 9TH APRIL 2022

KEW GARDENS HALF MARATHON SUN 10TH APRIL 2022

Worthing RUNFEST SUN 24TH APRIL 2022

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