Mo Farah launches Richmond Running Festival at Kew Gardens

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah popped down to Kew the day after his stunning victory in the Anniversary Games to launch Richmond Running Festival.

29 Jul 2013

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Mo Farah sitting on a throne outside the Palm House to launch Richmond Running Festival

Mo Farah takes the throne outside the Palm House (Image: courtesy of Richmond Running Festival)

He revealed the course for the inaugural race which will start in Kew Gardens on 22 September 2013 and coached a group of 20 school children through a warm-up routine outside the Palm House before giving them running technique advice and secret tips on how to win gold!

The Festival is part of Richmond’s London 2012 Olympic legacy programme.
It will include half marathon and 10km races for adults, plus a number of free-to-enter events for children of all ages from Year 1 primary to secondary school teenagers. Every child will receive a medal, a Nike t-shirt and a special autograph card signed by an Olympian!

Sitting on the event winners throne, Mo said, “I am delighted to reveal that the Richmond Running Festival will start in Kew Gardens.”

“I have run round all the beautiful parks in London but never Kew Gardens. I am going to have to look at my diary and see if I can complete the list and become King of Richmond!”

The Festival’s Race Director Tom Bedford said, “Like many, we were inspired by the London Olympics, and believe the summer of 2012 can live on in spirit through the Richmond Running Festival. I am ecstatic that the race will start in the most beautiful garden in Europe. How many races start in a world heritage site?”

Find out more and register for the half marathon and 10km races

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