Harry Hawkes Summer Raceday

SUNDAY 23RD AUGUST 2020

Please note that due to the Coronavirus situation we have postponed the Harry Hawkes Summer Raceday, which was due to take place on June 14th 2020. We had delayed making a final decision in the hope that the Government might relax the rules on mass participation events in advance of this date. However we have now been informed by UK Athletics that all race licences for events prior to June 30 have been suspended, and this makes it impossible for us to go ahead. We have made contingency plans and have a new date for the race of Sunday 23rd August, which we hope is sufficiently far forward to take place. However in the current situation it is impossible to plan with certainty and so at this stage the date is provisional.

Welcome to the annual Harry Hawkes Summer Raceday which will be returning again in August 2020.

This year sees a change in format. After consultation with runners we have decided to keep the Classic 10 mile race as the centrepiece event, but it will be joined by an 8 mile option for those preferring a slightly shorter route. The eight will follow the same course as the 10 minus the additional 2 mile loop at the start.

A classic 10 mile run over a fast, flat and scenic multi-terrain course that offers great PB opportunities. Runners will enjoy a route on road, river path and woodland that takes them through the historic Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames marketplace, the picturesque village of Thames Ditton, and a three mile stretch of the Barge Walk beside the Thames. The event combines a perfect English village atmosphere with professional race management.

The eight mile course will follow the majority of the ten mile route without the first two mile loop, so runners will get the full benefit of a fast, flat course with excellent views along the way. Approach Kingston alongside the river, cross Kingston Bridge, follow Barge Walk to Hampton Court Palace and come back to Thames Ditton, with a delightful cut through Ditton Woods.

Eight miles forms a perfect entrée for runners looking to graduate into longer distances and a natural step up from the 10k distance. It will also suit more experienced runners currently on a lighter schedule who feel that 10 miles will be a push.