Runners at this year’s realbuzz.com Richmond RUNFEST raised over £630,000 for charity. This total is more than last year’s £550,000 and sets a new fundraising record for the event. Since the inauguration in 2013, the event has now raised over £2 million for charities and local community groups.
Taking place across the weekend of 15-16 September, this year’s was the largest ever Richmond RUNFEST with just under 10,000 finishers across the weekend of events. 2018 introduced a new 5k which was held in Old Deer Park, contributing towards the record number of finishers.
“I would like to say a big thank you to Great Ormond Street Hospital for allowing us to officially use a ‘Peter Pan’ theme, which certainly added many smiles to the best ever Richmond RUNFEST to date,” said Race Director, Tom Bedford.
“Our record amount of money raised for charities would not happen without our hundreds of volunteers and local community groups, so a big thank you and Merry Christmas to them.
“In a year that’s seen a slight decrease in event registrations nationally across running events, we continue to sell out in record times. We are already massively up on last year’s numbers and expect to sell out even earlier this year. We have some big plans for 2019 that we look forward to sharing with you in the New Year, along with next year’s headline Charity of the Year”.
Next year’s event will have the 5k, 10k and Kids’ Mile on Saturday 14 September; and the Half Marathon, Full Marathon and Family Mile on Sunday 15 September.
Richmond RUNFEST was created in 2013 as a Richmond Upon Thames Olympic Legacy event, launched by Mo Farah in Kew Gardens. Over 800 children from local schools are given free entry into the Kids’ Mile races.