Mo Farah launches Richmond Running Festival

Olympic hero Mo Farah has given his support to the Richmond Running Festival – part of Richmond’s London 2012 Olympic legacy programme – revealing the course for the inaugural race which will start in Kew Gardens on 22 September 2013.
After revealing the course, the double world champion coached a group of 20 school children through a warm-up routine outside the Palm House before giving them running technique advice and tips on how to win gold!
The festival includes half marathon and 10K races for adults, plus a number of free-to-enter events for children of all ages from Year 1 primary to secondary school teenagers. Every child will receive a medal, a Nike t-shirt and a special autograph card signed by an Olympian!
Sitting on the event winner’s throne, Mo said: “I am delighted to reveal that the Richmond Running Festival will start in Kew Gardens.”
“I have run round all the beautiful parks in London but never Kew Gardens. I am going to have to look at my diary and see if I can complete the list and become King of Richmond!”
The Festival’s Race Director Tom Bedford said: “Like many, we were inspired by the London Olympics, and believe the summer of 2012 can live on in spirit through the Richmond Running Festival. I am ecstatic that the race will start in the most beautiful garden in Europe. How many races start in a world heritage site?”
Race discount for Run England members
Run England Surrey has teamed up with Richmond Running Festival to offer all Run England members £5 off entry for the inaugural event on Sunday 22 September, including the Kew Gardens 10K and Visit Richmond Half Marathon.
Both races start in world heritage site Kew Gardens before meandering down the River Thames, ending up at a music festival in Richmond. Every runner will receive a Nike Tech Tee, medal and refreshments, and 10% of your entry goes directly to two local charities. Celebrate your run with the best of Richmond: bands, local restaurants and petting zoo for children.
Get £5 off when you enter the voucher code - available in this week's eRunner newsletter. To receive Run England's eRunner newsletter, you must be signed up to Run England and have agreed 'to receive news and information from us about the world of running and fitness'. If you are already a member you can log in to check and edit your subscription preferences.
Enter here. For more information please contact Race Director, Tom Bedford, at
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