Richmond half-marathon: Get set

You may currently be more focused on what percentage of your body weight you can eat over Christmas, but that doesn’t stop the wheels of half-marathon organising from ticking over.

Of the many events in the offing, one such occasion is the The Salomon CityTrail? Richmond Half Marathon and 10k, which returns to Old Deer Park on Sunday March 22 2015.

During the half-marathon, if you’re not completely gasping, you can take in the scenic Borough in all its glory, beginning in Old Deer Park, passing Ham House, Petersham Meadows, Teddington Lock and Richmond Green.

Up to 1,000 local children between the ages of five and 17 will also be able to take part in a free race – the Mini Mile, aimed to help build an Olympic legacy in the Borough and encourage more children to take up healthy living with sport as the driving force.

Friends and families can support competitors on the day at the FitRichmond event village located at Old Deer Park, where they will be entertained by partner charities, have the chance to taste great snacks at the many food stalls and chat with an array of local businesses.

Richard Xerri, founder and director at Perseverance Events, the organisers of the Richmond half-marathon, said: “We have such fantastic trail running routes right on our doorstop here in Richmond and hopefully participants will enjoy the varied terrain and landmarks they will pass during the race.”

Five per cent of all race entry fees for the Richmond half-marathon and 10km (plus additional contributions and Gift Aid) will go directly to the official charities of CLIC Sargent and The Vineyard Community Centre.

Come post-Christmas the athlete in you will no doubt be thankful of having a target to attack in the New Year, so if you’re interested in booking your place and adding the Richmond half-marathon to your 2015 sporting diary, visit www.richmondhalf.com.

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