This race will have new Covid safety measures in place and therefore please note the changes below.
Start line opens – 9.00 am
Start line closes – 10.30am
We are delighted to announce that the Richmond Christmas 10k & 5k will go ahead on Sunday 13th December under the new Covid -Safe Guidelines.
With the final permissions now in place, this popular 10k & 5k race returns just in time for the festive period! This popular race is a chance to dust off your Christmas themed running gear and join us for a live race in the Capital city. The race takes place in the picturesque Richmond Park and is the perfect setting for a speedy traffic-free race. The course covers the tracks, trails and footpaths within the park and is suitable for runners of all abilities. Beginners welcome. The race is held under UK Athletics rules and all finishers will receive a Christmas themed medal.
The race will have a limited entry of 250 places.
We have successfully developed a number of new procedures which are designed to ensure our races will be Covid-secure and ensure the safety of our runners, staff and the general public.
The first change you will notice is the start time. Rather than a single start time for all runners, we are operating a pre-booking system with start times available in 3-minute slots, beginning at 9.00am through to 10.30am. A maximum of twelve people will be able to begin the race in each slot – and each of those people will be allocated a place on the start line according to their anticipated finish time, with the fastest runner lining up on the front of the start line. The race will also have a restricted entry limit.
If you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 as outlined by the NHS or have been unwell in the last 14 days please do not travel to the event and email us and we can let you know deferral options available.
Current NHS advice on coronavirus/Covid-19 can be found here https://www.nhs.uk/condi
Entering the event
If you have entered the race in good time, your race number will be sent to you in the post.
If you have entered the race close to the race date, you will need to collect your race number on the morning of the event. If you proceed to the registration table, a race official will write down your name and advise you of your race number – and you will be asked to sanitise your hands and, if you wish, put on gloves, before collecting your number from a storage box on the desk. Please remember to social distance from the race official and anybody else who is collecting a number. A race official will manage any queues to ensure everybody remains socially distanced.
Please note that you will not be able to enter on the day due to the new guidelines. Entries are available online until midnight before the event.
Race numbers must be worn on the front of your shirt and not on your legs or back. If you do so you may not receive an accurate time. Make sure you do not damage the chip. Please make sure you complete the medical information on the reverse of your number. Remember race numbers are non-transferable. This is particularly imperative at this time as it is now more important than ever that we know who is taking part in the event.
Please note the following changes for the event and please read the codes of conduct below.
1. As mentioned previously, the first change you will notice is the start time. Rather than a single start time for all runners, we are operating a pre-booking system with start times available in 3-minute slots, beginning at 9.00am and remaining available until the final slot at 10.30am. A maximum of twelve people will be able to begin the race in each slot – and each of those people will be allocated a place on the start line according to their anticipated finish time, with the fastest runner lining up on the front of the start line.
2. One of our marshals will check your temperature, with a temperature gun, for signs of fever. If you have a raised temperature, we will ask you not to take part but to go home. Please note that a raised temperature doesn’t mean you definitely have Covid-19, but you could have.
3. Please arrive ready to run. There are no changing facilities and no facilities for left baggage – this is in line with UKA Guidelines. Please leave baggage in your cars.
4. A sterile area will be in force around the start line with strictly no access to anybody other than participants and race officials. Once you enter this area you will not be able to leave until your race begins. NO SPECTATORS WILL BE ALLOWED WITHIN THIS STERILE AREA.
5. Again, in line with UKA Guidelines, water, in sealed bottles, will be available at the finish and you will be required to collect it yourself from an unmanned water table – hand sanitiser and gloves will be available for you to use. There will be no water stations on the course. We would advise you to carry your own water as the weather could be particularly warm.
6. Again, in line with UKA Guidelines, medals will not be awarded at the event from an unmanned self-service table. No results, race prizes or awards will be available on the day. Results will be uploaded immediately to our website and emailed to participants on Monday 14th December. Race and age group winners will receive a memento in the post after the event.
7. There will be toilet facilities at the start / finish area which will be sanitised regularly. Please play your part by sanitising after use.
8. Hand sanitiser will be available – please use it regularly.
9. You must maintain social distancing at all times – before, during and after the race. When overtaking another runner please be mindful of the space available. Please be aware that there will be members of the public using the roads and pathways and to be mindful of social distancing measures.
10. Spectators are not encouraged to attend – but if they must do so, they should not congregate around the race start or finish areas. Please share the Spectators Code of Conduct with them.
11. Once you finish your race please continue to walk through the finish funnel and return direct to your vehicle – do not wait for friends or family.
12. Please read the Participants and Spectators Code of Conduct. Please observe the ‘Rule of 6’ and do not gather in large groups to discuss the race or take team photos.
13. The Race Director will not be conducting the usual race briefing at the start of the race, instead this will be sent in your final confirmation email on the Friday prior to the race.
"I have to say that if you're looking for a run in London in great scenery, with happy and efficient marshalling and good organisation, then look no further. We'll definitely do another. A friend did this as her first race and LOVED it."
- The Capital Runners Richmond Park 10K