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. We have professional marshals employed at this position, please listen to them!
>> 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’.