Public toilets are located in the park, just inside the Sheen Gate entrance. There are also toilet facilities located at Roehampton Gate, Robin Hood Gate, Ham Gate, Richmond Gate & Pembroke Lodge. Insofar as it’s possible, try to use one of the above mentioned toilets en route to the start area to avoid congestion at the Sheen Gate toilet area (which is very small). The Parks Management wish to remind runners that they should only use designated Parks toilets and should avoid urinating in the Park, or surrounding residential area.
9. Baggage area
A designated baggage area will be available near to the start / finish area. If you are dropping off a bag, please attach a numbered tag which you will have received in the post (per section 5 above), such that we can identify your bag after the race. Do not leave valuables in your bag. Your bag is left in the baggage area at your own risk.
10. Prize giving
Prize giving will be at approximately 1pm – 1.30pm. Prizes will be awarded for the first 3 male finishers and the first 3 female finishers. All finishers will receive a RPM finishers medal and a goody bag. We expect to have the Mayor/Mayoress of Richmond on hand to personally award you as you all finish.
11. General requirements
We are very privileged to be allowed to stage this event with permission being initially granted in late 2010 by the Royal Park Authorities. It is absolutely essential that the park is kept tidy if we are to make this an annual event each May. Therefore, please only drop plastic cups and any other litter in the designated bins near the marshals or at the drink stations.
Additionally, we expect runners to demonstrate respect to other park users (pedestrians, dog walkers, cyclists, horse riders & motorists) at all times. There are always a lot of people using the Tamsin trail, especially at weekends and we do need our runners to be sensible & considerate. Again we remind runners if possible to stick to the left hand side of the Tamsin Trail as they meander around the course.
12. Additional information about the race route (also refer to RPM website)
The first large lap is 12 miles in total & involves runners making their way from the start area near Sheen Gate, running a short distance to Sheen Cross before turning right to follow the pathway alongside Sawyer’s Hill towards Richmond Gate. Here, runners take a right turn, following the Tamsin trail to arrive back at the start / finish area for the first time, having covered 3 miles of the race. Next, runners make their way south again, crossing the road for the first time (care needed) at Sheen Cross and continuing through the centre of the park towards Robin Hood gate. From here, runners join the Tamsin trail running in a clockwise direction towards Petersham Gate. Next, runners do a “U-turn” and make their way back towards Ham Gate before running east through the centre of the park, following the cycle path, passing the Royal Ballet school and back towards the start / finish area.
The next 2 laps are nice and simple (!) (approximately 7.1 miles each) and follow the Tamsin trail in a clockwise direction around the perimeter of the park.
Please be aware that this is a demanding & challenging course, given that you will encounter tough hills on each of the 3 large laps of the park. If this is your first marathon you may want to consider walking up these hills to conserve energy.
The route will be well sign-posted and there will be approximately 16 race marshals along the route, primarily at each of the 6 roads that lead into the park and at various junctions of the large first lap. Please pay attention to the marshals who will direct you across these roads, but we would also ask you to use care and discretion at busy junctions. Do please be respectful of other park users including walkers, cyclists, horse riders & motorists.
13. Race Sponsors
We would like to express our sincere thanks to all the following supporters and sponsors of the second staging of the Richmond Park Marathon. This event cannot take place without the huge help and support from all of the below, and we look forward to another successful day.
Spinnaker Sports and Leisurewear Ltd
Running Free Magazine
Richmond Park Marathon is a non-profit event and all monies generated in excess of costs to stage the race are given to our chosen charity for 2012, Get Kids Going.
We look forward to meeting you all at race HQ on Sunday 20 May from 8am onwards & we wish you the very best of luck in running a safe & enjoyable race !