West 4 Harriers Presents the 26th Annual


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9.00 a.m. Sunday 17th April 2016

Our dedicated entry page on Sportsystems will open at the end of December 2015, when it does we will add a link here. In the meantime have a great Christmas, and below is a reminder of last years event...

Thanks to all our runners and all our W4H marshals

We hope that you had a great day!







Follow us on twitter @ThamesTowpath10 for updates



Many Thanks to

Up & Running for all of those FREE Choobs plus your numbers and bags!


The Race HQ and the Start and Finish area are situated in the Hartington Road/University of Westminster playing field, which backs onto the River Thames.


PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Chiswick mainline rail station is an 800m (10 minute) walk to the Start and is on the Waterloo – Hounslow line, stopping at Clapham Junction. The 190 bus runs between Hammersmith and Richmond tube stations and will drop you near the Start. As will the 272 from Shepherd’s Bush.  If you are arriving at Turnham Green tube station, the E3 bus outside the station runs to Chiswick rail station.

PARKING: Is not permitted in the University of Westminster and Roko Sports Club ground, as this is private property.

Competitors are asked not to park in the road adjacent to the start area which should be kept as clear as possible for emergency vehicles. Please do not park on the corner of Cavendish Road and Bolton Road where the 272 bus parks. There are no parking restrictions in the surrounding area but we would recommend public transport as the best way to get to the race.


Race numbers & timing chips will be collected on the day. Please remember to bring safety pins to attach your number to you vest or running t-shirt.

At Race HQ, the team will be handing out numbers from 7.45 am. Please ensure you leave plenty of time to travel to the start to pick up your number. Remember, the race starts at 9 am.


Portable toilets will be available near the Race village, at the back of the Start/Finish field.


Kit bags can be dropped off at the baggage tent next to Race HQ, bag tags will be provided. Please note the organisers cannot accept responsibility for any personal belongings.

Please come ready to race as there are no discreet changing facilities! 


There are two drinks stations on the course. The first water station is at Kew Railway Bridge, just before you reach mile 3. You will come back past this water station on your return at half way between miles 7 and 8.  The second water station is by Richmond Swimming Pools, between miles 5 and 6.

Water will also be provided at the Finish.


The race is a scenic ten mile multi-terrain race along the Thames Towpath, incorporating the towpath between Chiswick, Richmond and Kew. The route, while multi terrain is flat and fast so good for those runners aiming for a 10 miler PB. There will be markers at every mile. The Start field is on grass, as are parts of Old Deer Park at 5 miles. Please be aware that the grass could be slippery and wet.

 We have chip to chip timing, and it may take a few minutes to cross the start line, don't worry it won't affect your timing and will help ease congestion in the early stages. However if you are going for an overall or age group prize, position yourself near to the front as these are based on gun to chip timing. We will provide marker boards with estimated finish times; try to be realistic where you stand!

 Between miles 3 and 5 there are long, sections on the towpath without a marshal. If you see someone having a problem, please inform the next marshal who will organize assistance.

 Just after 5 miles you will cross the Old Deer Park footbridge; this is a short but narrow bridge so please listen to the marshal's instructions. Be aware of and give way to other members of the public using the bridge too. It could be wet there and if it has flooded we may have to revert to using Twickenham bridge.

There is a busy junction to cross at around 5.5 miles after the 2nd water station, please pay attention to traffic turning in to Richmond Pools, both ahead and from behind you. We have timed the traffic lights and they are red for pedestrians for about 20 seconds and green for you for over a minute. Don’t risk it! Take a little break.

>> For your safety and others, at any time do not overtake by running on the road <<

Our marshals will warn you of traffic but they cannot stop vehicles, this is why for safety reasons runners are asked not to run with earphones from personal music devices, as you need to be able to hear the marshals give you vital instructions and of course hear them cheering you on!

If you do so, you run the risk of being disqualified.

Please note this course is unsuitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs or racing with dogs.

Entrants are reminded that they should be able to complete 10 miles in 2 hours and that we cannot guarantee full support after 2.5 hours, although timekeepers will stay longer.

All this advice is for your own safety and other road users. Without your co-operation it is not possible to hold a race on public roads. In advance we thank you for your help with keeping yourself and others safe, and keeping the future of road racing events ‘alive and well’.


As well as our Thames Towpath 10 race, there will be football matches taking place from 10.30 am on the University playing fields. As matches are being played, unfortunately dogs are not allowed within the enclosed playing field. Spectators and competitors are requested to keep off the football pitches at all times.

To prevent the possibility of broken glass on the playing field, please keep your glass memento in your rucksack or in the bags kindly provided by Up & Running


Provisional results will be posted on the Race HQ noticeboard. A full set of results will be made available by Sportsystems http://www.sportsystems.co.uk as soon as possible after the race.


Many thanks to our Sponsors for providing this year’s race prizes.

The prize giving will be held at the Race HQ tent at 10.30 am. Prizes will be awarded for:


1st Man/Woman:  cash plus Sponsors prizes

2nd Man/Woman:  cash plus Sponsors prizes

3rd Man/Woman:  cash plus Sponsors prizes

Age Categories

Winners from age group categories:  cash plus Sponsors prizes                

Team Prize

Provided by our Sponsors for:

First 3 men in a team

First 3 women in a team               

One runner/one prize excluding team prize (overall position takes priority over age cat)


There will be our classic Fuller’s TTT 2015 memento pint glass for all finishers!


AE Photos will be taking photographs of all the runners on the course. Post-event, the photos taken by these nice chaps can be found at



UP & RUNNING  http://www.upandrunning.co.uk/

A big thank you to our local running shop, Up & Running for our race numbers, which you will all be wearing with pride on Sunday! The team have also kindly donated 100 spot prizes to give away too! So look out at the finish line, it could be you!

Up and Running are just around the corner in Sheen, for all your running requirements.  


There will be a post-race massage available, courtesy of Bernie Howley from Mind Over Massage. 

Whilst M.O.T. ing your legs, help your chosen charity! 




First Aid Cover Ltd - Event First Aid& Paramedic Service, will be providing UKA approved First Aid for our race. 




For race results from 2009 – 2015, click on this Sportsystems link.











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