If you’re thinking of running for charity, why not take the scenic route? This event in September allows participants to run either 10K or a half marathon. Both courses start in Kew Botanical Gardens and finish in Old Deer Park, guaranteeing that the surroundings will still be a sight for sore eyes when your fellow runners are starting to look a bit jaded.
The festival is doubling in size for 2014 after 3,000 runners and 7,000 revellers turned out for the inaugural bash last year. There’s a one-mile kids race and free children’s activities, plus live music and local food stalls.
Make your way into Richmond Upon Thames early to cheer your runners along the beautiful sites on the course or secure a prime spot at the festival finish line. If you’re raring to run (or you like the sound of a free technical T-shirt, a burger and a beer and want offer your services as a volunteer), sign up online.