The Richmond Marathon has been postponed

Jane McGuire
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Photo credit: Nigel Bramley
Photo credit: Nigel Bramley

Following the success of two socially distanced 10K races last September and the Olympic marathon trials recently, the Richmond Marathon was due to take place on Sunday, May 16. Unfortunately, it was announced today that the race has been postponed again, due to local authority delays.

In a statement, Richmond Marathon organisers wrote, 'It is with immense sadness that we are having to postpone the Richmond Marathon. Unfortunately the local authority have delayed reviewing our event application for the marathon to go ahead on public land (8 miles into the run). At this late stage we feel it's grossly inhumane to you and our charities not make this call when it now seems unlikely we won’t get an answer with enough time to plan the event.'

The organisers have announced they will be hosting a second 10K event on Sunday 16 May, giving disappointed runners the opportunity to compete. The AIR:10K planned for the 15 May is 100% going ahead, as the entire race can take place inside Kew Gardens, which is private land.

Runners have two different options:

  • Transfer their marathon entry to the new Kew Gardens 10K on 16 May.

  • Keep their marathon entry for the rearranged date. Organisers are offering runners 40% off the entry fee for this Kew Gardens 10k, as a training run to help runners stay motivated.

When is the rescheduled Richmond Marathon?

A date for the rescheduled Richmond Marathon has not yet been announced.

When does the Richmond marathon start?

The event will start and finish in Kew Gardens. Runners must use the park entrance on 61 Ferry Lane, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AB. This is the only way runners will be able to enter the park.

What is the marathon course like?

The course is described on the event website as ‘flat and fast’ and will be on mixed terrain of road, towpath and grass. It is billed as ‘London’s flattest marathon’. The organisers have not announced any changes to the course, which is displayed on their website:

Can I bring spectators with me?

It has not yet been decided whether or not spectators will be allowed at the race – it is under review. People are expected to be allowed into Kew Gardens free of charge after the race to celebrate.

What time does the race start?

Due to social distancing, runners will be sent off in a staggered start. All runners will be given an arrival time to avoid congestion before the race.


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