The only half marathon to boast the iconic Hampton Court Palace start line is back for another exciting race. Turn miles into smiles to make it possible for children born with cleft all over the world to receive free cleft treatment.
Its electric atmosphere, buzzing runners village and a remarkable route that takes you through the historic home of Henry VIII is invitingly flat and starts in front of the iconic Tudor Palace. The event is just five weeks before spring marathons such as the London marathon, making it the ideal preparation event to test yourself over the half distance.
If you need some motivation for your running goal then there's nothing more rewarding than running for a charity of your choice. You'll not only receive support in the lead up to race day with training plans and motivation, but also on the big day itself with your fellow charity runners.
On race day your family and friends will have exclusive access to the gardens which are open for free on this day only. After you’ve finished your race you can visit the famous maze and the world’s largest grape vine.
Starting on the driveway of the Palace itself, the run proceeds down Barge Walk alongside the beautiful River Thames before crossing over Kingston Bridge. Runners will then proceed down the river on the east side before passing through Thames Ditton and re-entering Barge walk for a second time after crossing over Hampton Court Bridge. The final stretch of the run will take you into Home Park, running through the beautiful parkland and finishing inside the Palace Gardens with the actual Palace within touching distance of the finish line. The course is flat, and there will be a mixture of terrain.
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Smile Train has changed the lives of more than 1.5 million children in 90+ countries through training and support given to medical professionals worldwide to enabling them to provide free cleft surgery.
Over 200,000 babies a year are born with a cleft but it can take only 45 minutes to perform the surgery. £150 raised can pay for a cleft surgery or even £30 can cover the cost of an overnight stay in hospital.
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