Richmond Park – Virtual

  October – November
  The race starts whenever suits you
  Distance – Full 26.2 miles or 42.2km
  Distance – Half 13.1 miles or 21.1km
    Full Marathon and Half Marathon

Event Details

Hello to all our runners and friends we would like to offer a Virtual Challenge In Richmond Park throughout November 2020 – all those who complete either the half marathon of the full marathon distance challenge will receive a great bespoke finishers medal and a 1M2GO tee shirt.

Enter via the links below or clicking here. Once entered you will receive further instructions on what to do next via email.

Virtual Marathon Checklist

To help ensure you have an amazing virtual experience at the 2020 Richmond Park Half & Full Marathon, we’ve put together a basic checklist of things you need to do, and divided it into four sections so you can plan your time:

  1. The week before
  2. The night before
  3. On the day
  4. After the finish

Whether you’re a half or full marathon veteran or a 26.2-mile first-timer, please read every item on the checklist to ensure that you are well prepared for Half or full Marathon Days between Sat 31st October and Monday 30th November 2020.

1. The week before

Your Running Numbers

Once you have signed up from the website you will receive a pack containing your Virtual Running Number in the post – to pin to the front a  of your top on Half or Full Marathon Day you decide to run. If you have not received your pack containing your Running Numbers  and pins , please email  with your full name and current address to request a replacement.

Plan your race

Decide on your route (either inside Richmond Park or anywhere else in the world) , a music playlist if you listen to music while running, pacing and fuelling strategies and any kit that you’ll need carry with you, such as a water bottle or race belt, in advance.

Plan your kit

Check the weather forecast and have a kit option ready for every eventuality, wherever you are in the world. If it’s England or Wales or Scotland that might mean a rain jacket !

Plan your start time

You will have 1 full month to complete the virtual Richmond Park Half or Full Marathon, starting from 31st October 2020 – through until 30th November 2020.

Plan to track your run on a secondary device

We recommend you also track your 26.2 miles on a secondary device, such as a GPS watch Garmin or Strava, perhaps as well as your phone – Runkeeper – as a back-up option on Half or Full Marathon Day. You will be able to upload the evidence from your  device and email us when completed so we can update you on the completed Hall of Fame.

Are you fit to run?

Please ensure that you’re fit enough  to take part in the virtual Richmond Park Virtual Half and Full  Marathon in November. You should not take part if you are not confident of completing 13.1 miles or 26.2 miles safely, or if you were hospitalised with Covid-19. If in doubt, please consult your GP.

Nominate an emergency contact

Ask a friend or family member to be your emergency contact during the event. Write their details on the back of your Running Numbers and let them know the route you plan to take and your rough pacing plan.

Follow social distancing guidelines

If you are planning to run in a group, please observe the current government guidelines on social distancing. Please ensure your supporters also observe the guidelines.

Shout about your participation

Let your friends and family know you’re taking on the virtual Richmond Park Virtual  Marathon in October. Encourage them to support you in person and with charity fundraising on the day,.

2. The night before

Your evening meal

Eat a meal of high-carb, low-fat foods that you’re used to. Don’t try anything new!

Lay out your kit

Pin your Running Number to the front of your top (remembering to fill in the emergency contact details on the back of both) and lay out everything you’ll wear or carry with you on Marathon Day.

 Charge your phone

Make sure your phone and spare battery pack are fully charged, or on charge, before you go to bed.

3. On the day

Eat breakfast

Try to eat breakfast two to four hours before you start.

Check your phone

Check that your phone and spare battery pack are fully charged and that you’re logged into the Official App so you’re ready to start your 26.2-mile challenge.

Starting your run

When you’re ready to start, go to the phone race  app and hit the ‘Get started’ button and then ‘Start My Run’ so your phone app can start tracking your progress. Also if you have a Gamin or Suunto GPS watch – use these as a backup to record your distance and completion.

Follow your nutrition strategy

Make sure you eat and hydrate according to the fuelling plan you made in the run-up to Marathon Day. Further information on nutrition and hydration can be found here.

4. After the finish

Share your achievement

Once you’ve finished the  13.1 miles or 26.2 miles, stop your app – and it will stop tracking and display a message to let you know you’ve completed the event.  Send this confirmation of your distance to with any pictures and we will upload your result in a hall of fame for all those finishers on the website

Medal & T-shirt

We will start to send out the all-important race packs, medals and T-shirts to all finishers in  November and we expect to have sent all of them by the end of November 2020 when the challenge period ends. If you haven’t received your medal and T-shirt by the end of November  please contact our support team on

We hope you have an amazing experience at the virtual Richmond Park Half and Full Marathon. If you’re fundraising, don’t forget to do a final shout-out for donations – knowing that you’re raising money for your favourite charity will help motivate you if you go through any tough patches on the day.

Event Photos

Contact Details

Please direct all queries to:

Event Entry

To enter our half or full events use the button below:

Course Information

Richmond Park Course Map

Start – Sheen Gate. You start down the side of the road on the grass down towards the crossroads. Turn right and head up the path all the way up towards Richmond Gate, when you get near the top, check the view of London’s panorama in the distance.

When the path meets the Tamsin trail by Richmond Gate turn right and follow the trail all the way back to our Sheen gate HQ. The route then heads out again downhill towards the sheen gate crossroads, where we will get everyone to cross safely over onto the road up through Dutchess Wood and past the famous White Lodge and following the road as it winds down towards the cark park next to Spankers Hill Wood.

We then follow the road down towards Robin Hood Gate. Here, you will rejoin the Tamsin trail and then head off clockwise towards Broomfield Hill where you can take in water and food snacks that you are able to run with.

Beautiful trail paths and routes around towards Ladderstile Gate and then on along through the woods at Dark Hill towards the crossing of the Tamsin Trail at Kingston Gate, please take care of potential traffic here.

Follow the glorious Tamsin Trail as it meanders along the Queens Road and on towards Ham Gate, so take care crossing there and also try to take in some refreshments and you have and head out across the large field with Ham Gate Pond on your left.

Join the Tamsin trail at the corner where it backs onto the Golf Club and stay on the Tamsin trail towards Petersham Gate, with some glorious views of the park and scenery to take in. At Petersham Gate you need to turn around and stay on the full Tamsin trail all the way back to Ham Gate (more refreshments can be taken on if needed), then you will head up the Horse Trail route up towards a crossing on Queens Road across towards Ham Cross Plantation, turn right for about 50 meters until you reach the private road that cuts all the way through Richmond Park where you will see some fabulous panoramas, heading back towards the cafe at Lawn Plantation, and once back at the car park, we get back on the road that winds back up past the White House Lodge, have a look at the view on your left as you pass the White House, the Queen’s Ride.

Then down the private road towards the crossroads, take care crossing and up on the left side of the field back towards the race HQ and finish at Sheen Gate for your final refreshments and cheers for completing the event at 13.1 miles distance! Please ensure your Garmin Strava or any timing app shows you have completed the full 13.1 miles – save this and then forward to us so we can upload your finish time on our hall of fame completed 13.1 miles to

The full marathon can compete when runners complete 2 full circuits of the Tamsin Trail route (after completing the half marathon route) and their timing watch shows distance completed as 26.2 miles

To enter this challenge – please click on the below options – medals and shirts will be sent out as soon as we see registration and scores and results will be uploaded onto to a hall of fame table on the website showing all those people and times who have completed this challenge – good luck everyone!

Enter the half marathon & full marathon – charge £25 (includes a donation of £5 to the Royal Parks who maintain the fantastic grounds in Richmond Park and make this event so special) .

Past Results

When live, results for Richmond Park Virtual will be available here.

Further Information

Our races are geared to getting people to have a fantastic, challenging and enjoyable running experience finished off with a brilliant medal and goody bag most big races would be proud of.
It is because we are both runners we aim to provide you with a special goody bag at all our races – these will have race spec tee shirts, mugs, pens and magazines – plus additional food and snacks at the end of all the races.