Gareth Davies and Ray Povinelli are co-race directors of Richmond Park, Woldingham, and Vanguard Way running events, both half and full marathons. We are extremely excited with our NEW half marathon in Richmond Park, which will appeal to all runners who are either training for London Marathon, or just simply want to take part in a well organised event. Richmond Park is our flagship event and one of the most picturesque settings in the land and a perfect venue to hold a running event. All races are well organised and fully marshalled.
We provide runners with the ability to run marathons in beautiful and safe surroundings supported by enthusiastic volunteers who ensure all runners receive much needed encouragement as they navigate the ups and downs of the various courses. We welcome runners of all abilities and ethnicity.
All events were founded and organised by both Gareth and Ray, who are both marathon runners.
Gareth has completed over 250 marathons in all parts of the globe.
Being a member of the 100 Marathon Club, Gareth really knows what it takes to run a marathon event. Our aim is always to ensure our events are safe and enjoyable for all runners creating a superb atmosphere for both runners and spectators. Gareth is also an ambassador for Budapest Marathon.
We have four great events for you to choose from and are pleased to annouce we have recently added our fourth run to our roster!
The HALF marathon in Richmond Park takes in the great views and trails of our FULL marthon, in half the size.
We have two favoured sponsors, that we use and heartily recommend – Sportingfeet and Sweatshop.
If you need any running items for the big day, you know where to go!
All volunteers are weclome!
Our past volunteers have been wonderful every year allowing our events to be voted as one of the top trail marathon runners for atmosphere and support.
To volunteer please contact Gareth on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re running a marathon this year and you’re worried about the task ahead, relax.
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Thanks for all your efforts, it was a great race. Lovely to do a race with small numbers but big support! Really impressive organisation.
Thanks again (that was my second year, and next year will be my third!)”
Daniel Easton • RECENT RUNNER
“Thanks to all involved – organisers and brilliant marshals and amazing spectators whose cheers kept me going even up the hill the 3rd time round! First marathon for me so it still hurts a bit :-D.”
Aura Fabian • RECENT RUNNER
“Many thanks for you email. My first time at Richmond and hopefully not my last. Please pass on my thanks to your team of marshals and course officials who did a magnificent job. A really well organised and very friendly event which I will be recommending to all my running friends.”
Richard Aiston • RECENT RUNNER
“Another fantastic event, well done & a big shout out to the enthusiastic marshals they were brilliant.”
Teresa Oakes • RECENT RUNNER
“Thanks for today, I really enjoyed the event. Great venue, friendly marshals and excellent support & encouragement at the finish. You all did a great job and should be very proud I I hope to return in 2017.”
James Campbell • RECENT RUNNER
“Many thanks for putting such a great event for us!
Pleasantly surprised to see some of the Marshals who happened to be Greek, and…obviously we had a good chat.
Had heard so much about the Richmond Park Marathon and I’m glad I ran it for the first time.
But, make no mistake; it certainly won’t be the last time.”
This race is a Full marathon of 26.2m, all within the grounds of the beautiful Richmond Park. Start is at Sheen Gate, and consists of a first lap of 12m, which winds around the inner park. The remaining 14 miles consist of 2 laps of the outer route of park, namely the Tamsin Trail. The finish takes you back to Sheen gate where you will be greeted by an excellent goodie bag, plenty of hydration, snacks, large cheers and a huge pat on the back! In 2015 we had David Weir the GB Paralympic and gold medal winning athlete start our race. All runners will receive their unique finishers medal presented by the Mayor of Richmond. See route map for further details.
Woldingham HALF & FULL Marathon
The Woldingham Half and Full Marathon held its first event in August 2016 and was hailed a great success for all the runners who completed the course – we had over 100 runners completing the event – which included our first ever dog winner Ruby! A trail running delight, the course departs from the spectacular settings of Woldingham School from their main grounds and takes in the delights of; Oxted Downs, VGW trail route for a couple of miles, Slines Oak Road and the Golf Club deep into the valley. Finishing up with the private school road that takes them to the finish of the 13.1 mile lap route again with wonderful views of the surrounding valleys – this race is highly recommended if you love the outdoors and scenic trail routes.
Vanguard Way FULL & HALF Marathon
The Vanguard Way Marathon is now a well established annual August trail marathon that offers glorious runs from South Croydon out towards Limpsfield past the M25 and back. Runners will actually follow the VGW national trail as it winds through various idyllic woods and small villages up onto the spectacular North Downs Way – actually crossing the Meridian Line twice en route.
In 2017 we will also incorporate a VGW half marathon where runners can complete an out and back 13.1mile route that showcases the beautiful Surrey countryside and villages outside of Croydon.
Our 2017 Sponsors
Sweatshop believes that every runner, from absolute beginner to international athlete, should have access to the very best equipment.
Sportingfeet sell a carefully selected range of great quality sports footwear and insoles. They aim to help you find the right shoes for your chosen sports.