Richmond Castle 10k – Sunday, 13th October 2019

The Richmond Castle 10K has grown in popularity, with entries regularly received from all over the UK and beyond. The course is a certified 10K, with a slight change to the 2018 route. Instead of finishing in Richmond Castle, runners will finish back at The Batts where they started.

The race uses chip timing.

The race is limited to 500 runners, so places on the day will only be accepted if entries have not reached this number. Early entry is advised. Please check the website for the latest information if you are thinking of entering on the day, to ensure you do not have a wasted journey.

In a departure from the course used for the past two years, the 2019 race will start and finish in the Batts riverside park area. The race is all on roads apart from a very short section on grass in the Batts. Runners pass the spectacular River Swale Waterfalls before crossing the river at Green Bridge and climbing Sleegill. A quick look back over the shoulder from Sleegill offers fine views of the castle. Runners follow a short circuit around Catterick Garrison then return into Richmond, where they circle Richmond Castle on Castle Walk before enjoying a fast downhill finish into the Batts park area below the castle.

The new route for the 2019 Richmond Castle 10k cuts out the loop around Smutts Road, off Richmond Road (north), on the way back into the centre of Richmond. (Past competitors with long memories should note that the route no longer enters either Smutts Road or French Road.) This more direct return to the town centre allows for an attractive – and downhill – run round Castle Walk at the end of the route, followed by a quick downhill finish into the Batts.

An outline of the new finish follows here, but check the route map for more detail. In brief: after entering the lower side of the market square along Frenchgate, runners turn right up into Market Place, then turn left into the approach to the castle, turn right through Tower St Castle Wynd and on round and down Castle Walk (reversing the circuit used for the past two years). This affords a good view down over the river as you follow Castle Walk round to Millgate and a short downhill dash to the finish line in the Batts.

Unfortunately, while English Heritage was prepared to continue to allow us the use of Richmond Castle for our event, the costs involved have proven insupportable for our small running club. We hope competitors will appreciate that savings made by relocating the race finish will be reflected in sustained competitive pricing of entries for what is certainly one of the country’s most testing 10k road races, and we are pleased to announce that entries will be the same price in 2019 as they were in 2018! Runners will now also enjoy the convenience of starting and finishing in the same scenic location – the attractive Batts riverside park area, immediately below Richmond Castle and next to the River Swale Waterfalls.

As in previous years, Race HQ, for number collection and registration, is in Richmond Town Hall (approximately 50m uphill from the Market Hall), and refreshments are always available from the cafe in the Market Hall.

Current course records:
Male: Andrew Wiles (New Marske Harriers) 33:10 (2017 course)
Female: Alison Matthews (Darlington Harriers) 41:01 (2017 course).

Prize list: first three men and first three women; first in 10-year age categories; teams (three to count); spot prizes.

All entry enquiries should be sent to the entries secretary: contact the entries secretary here

Entry online here: https://bookitzone.com/richmondcastle10k/smjFFX

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