Runners could be seeing double at Kew Gardens 10K
Richmond RUNFEST in rethink for 2020
Broad Walk in Kew Gardens is looking stunning (see above) and just begging to be run in London's flattest and most beautiful 10K. Of course, as we have all become so accustomed to hearing, these are unprecedented times and there are enforced changes for Richmond RUNFEST, incorporating Kew Gardens 10K.
Tireless RUNFEST organisers Tom, Jade and Sarah tweeted yesterday (20 July) what they described as “good and bad news”. Sadly, this year's Richmond Marathon, Richmond Half Marathon, Richmond Sundown 5K, Richmond Kids Mile and the Family Mile are now postponed to a new Spring date, yet to be decided.
The good news is there will not be a Kew Gardens 10K this September – there will be TWO! Plans are in advanced stages to hold two 10K races, socially-distanced and with reduced numbers, entirely within Kew Gardens on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September.
In a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update on the event website addressed to 'Our Dear Runners', organisers said: “Firstly, we’d like to thank you all for your ongoing support and your patience through this difficult time. We finally have some news which we’d like to update you on. We have been monitoring the ever-evolving situation around the Covid-19 pandemic and the latest government guidance day in, day out and it is with great sadness that we have to announce the postponement of the Richmond Half and Full Marathon, Kids Mile, Family Mile, and Sundown 5k until Springtime in 2021.
“We did everything we could, including hiring expert data analysts, to try and put on the races in a socially distanced way but unfortunately the structure of these races, with them running outside of Kew Gardens, means we cannot effectively socially distance. Our overall priority is the safety and health of our runners, volunteers, staff, contractors, and the local community."
There are a range of options for competitors who had entered the postponed events and work is still to be done to obtain final approval for the double date plan for Kew Gardens 10K, so the advice is to visit Richmond RUNFEST website or follow as events unfold on Twitter here or Facebook here
In addition to the postponed Spring events, Richmond RUNFEST will be back in full bloom at the fabulous Royal Botanical Gardens in September 2021.
Image of Kew Gardens courtesy Richmond RUNFEST on Twitter