They're under starters orders at Kempton
Kempton Park Running Festival gallops into view on Sunday 29 May
They're under starters orders for the second Kempton Park Running Festival this Sunday (29 May). After a successful test event last year, leading race promoters RUNFEST have collaborated with Quicksilver Running to bring an exciting new programme to the famous home of equestrian sports.
Kempton Park was opened in 1878 and is one of the most active racecourses in the UK, situated in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey. The 210-acre site is surrounded by woodland with two lakes in the centre and its own railway station, created specifically for racegoers (and runners).
The flat surroundings lend themselves perfectly for distance running and the race card on Sunday opens with the 10K at 9:00am, with the Half Marathon and Marathon lining up for a 9:25am start.
Some clever mapping has reduced the lapping in the marathon following feedback from runners last year and only four circuits are now required to complete the full 26.2 miles.
All the races start and finish just outside the huge grandstand, where the music and crowd support will create an electric atmosphere as athletes jockey for position on the start line and also as they round the Clubhouse Turn to head for the home straight and that spectacular finish.
Last year's marathon winners were James Dazeley (unattached, 2:40:57) and Melissah Gibson (Ealing Eagles, 2:53:20) and 21 of the 299 finishers completed the course in less than three hours.
The 2021 Renaissance Half Marathon winners were Matthew Parry (Clapham Chasers, 1:12:00) and Hayley Winters (Gloucester AAC, 1:27:17). The 10K champions were Andrius Jaksevicius (Belgrave Harriers, 32:00) and Joanne Harbinson (unattached, 42:14). At 5K, the fastest times were recorded by Ben Rowe (Windsor, 16:54) and Alexa King (Hart RR, 17:38).
Look out for runABC South's event report next week
Image courtesy RUNFEST