Sun 15 Sep 2024 Richmond, UK

Richmond RUNFEST Marathon

Run 'The world's most scenic marathon' through London's greenest borough including Richmond Bridge and the Tow Path. Start inside the Kew Gardens with family fun music festival to finish!

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  • Sun 15 Sep 2024
Royal Botanic Gardens, Richmond




Age 18 & over

  • 26.2 miles road running


This festival weekend has the privilege of starting the Richmond Half Marathon and Richmond Marathon inside the beautiful Kew Gardens as well as hosting the Richmond 10K completely within the Royal Botanical Gardens.

As part of the 2012 Olympic legacy pledge, a series of kids mile races for over 1,000 kids is held at Old Deer Park.

The events are beginner-friendly and locally organised in Richmond Upon Thames.


  • Richmond's running festival weekend

    Featuring 'the world's most scenic marathon' through London's greenest borough.

  • Free access to the Kew Gardens

    Rare opportunity to run in the stunning Royal Botanic Gardens.

  • Music, entertainment

    Finish your run with a family fun music festival and fitness expo.

  • Famously good rewards

    Amazing male and female cut tech T-shirts, chunky medals and free beer!

This event is part of Richmond RUNFEST.

Event video

  • Event expo
  • Event village
  • Families
  • Fancy dress
  • Free venue entry
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators
  • Teams


  • Richmond 10K


  • Richmond Marathon
  • Richmond Half Marathon
  • WWF Kids and Family Mile


Dogs are not allowed inside Kew Gardens but are welcome at the finish line in Old Deer Park.

  • Bag storage
  • Bag transfer
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Entertainment
  • Music
  • Paid parking
  • Park
  • Toilets

Event HQ

Royal Botanic Gardens
Greater London

This event offers a rare chance to run in the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew - alongside The Palm House, The Pagoda, Kew Palace, Museum No 1, The Temperate House, The Hive and Syon House.

The Palm House
The Pagoda
Museum No 1

  • Distance markers
  • Entertainment
  • First aid
  • Flat
  • Marshals
  • No headphones
  • Out and back
  • Sweeper
  • Toilets
  • Traffic free
  • Water stations
  • Way markers

The Richmond Marathon starts within the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and runs through Hampton Court Palace!

Tour the gardens before passing historical assets including Ham House, Richmond Green, Teddington Lock, Kingston Riverside and the meandering River Thames.

With three famous bridges, a Royal Palace and one famous river this race has been described as the 'Worlds most scenic Marathon'.

Richmond Marathon route map

Water stations

There will be a water station approximately every 3 miles.

The Richmond Marathon water stations are at 4 miles (water), 8.6 miles (water and Maurten drink), 11.6 miles (water), 14.9 miles (Water and Maurten), 17.5 miles (water), 20.1 miles (water and Maurten), 21.7 miles (water), 24.6 miles (water) and at the finish line.


  • Public transport links
  • Recycling

  • Chip timing
  • Goody bag
  • Medal
  • Pre-event training sessions
  • Technical t-shirt
  • Training plan


  • Best medal in London
  • Amazing technical tee (including female cut)
  • Supporters free entry into Kew Gardens for 2 adults and 2 children plus runner (must enter before 9.15am - normally £16 per adult)
  • Music festival finish
  • Great goody bag
  • Snacks and drink
  • Course entertainment including DJs and cheer stations
  • Clearly marked and measured UKA-certified course
  • London Marathon ‘Good for Age’ and Boston Marathon qualifier

Charity places

These charities have places in the event. To secure your place, select a charity, complete the form and follow the instructions.

Mental health


Supporting those affected by mental illness to change mental health for good.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Training plan

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Cats Protection

For a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Fundraising incentives
  • Dedicated contact
  • Certificate
  • Submit fundraising up to 1 month after event

Sign up



British Heart Foundation

Coronary heart disease is the UK's single biggest killer but the BHF is leading the fight against it.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Bespoke training plan
  • Pro training advice

Sign up


  • Age 18 & over
  • Entries open
  • Charity entries open
  • Charity places
  • Enter online
  • Event merch available
  • Race pack by post

Entry fees

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RUN-FEST organisation and crowd support is second-to-none, fantastic atmosphere the whole way around and wonderful happy volunteers at the end.