Whether you’re already into cycling or running, looking to get into either or both, or simply want to avoid the lycra clad loons who are, here are four events (and a family focused mini-festival) that may interest you, even if it’s only so you know where not to go. And yes, folks, the first of them is upon us now.
1) Prudential RideLondon 3rd & 4th August
See London get on its bike and pedal away in the name of the Olympic legacy. What with various rides, competitions and a Cycling Show at ExCel, the Prudential RideLondon event has a lot going on.
Sat 3rd August:
* Freecycle – a mass participation bike-a-thon around an 8 mile traffic free circuit in central London. The GrandPrix – assorted races in and around St James’s Park including a chance to see Team GB’s Olympic medal winners in a ‘pro-criterium’ race.
Sun 4th August:
* Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100 & Classic – There’s a 100 mile ride largely following the route used in last year’s Olympic road race. The ‘100’ was open to all-comers in a ballot. This time the route doesn’t pass through Twickenham but it does take in Richmond Park, Kingston Bridge and Hampton Court on the outbound leg before returning through Kingston and Wimbledon on its way back to central London. In the Prudential RideLondon Surrey Classic 150 professional riders, representing some of the teams you’ll have seen recently in the Tour de France, will power round an extended version of the Surrey 100 route starting at the Olympic Park at 12.45 and finishing on the Mall. Road closures will be in place, obvs.
2) Bounce Festival – 10th & 11th August
Okay, so it’s not exactly a festival of trampolining but we’ve included it anyway. Bounce Festival is a kind of family focused mini-festival of activities and events designed to spark the imagination of kids. There’s loads going on including music, dance, ‘daredevil science’, bike stuff, an assault course, arts, crafts, cooking and more. It takes place in the Old Deer Park in Richmond.
LINK: Bounce Festival
3) London Duathlon – Sunday 15th September
“Run, Forest, Run!” Or if Mr Gump were to enter the London Duathlon it would be a case of “Run, Forrest, Bike Forrest, Run!”. Richmond Park will host this major event as hundreds of eager competitors run and cycle around the park. There are different challenges from a ‘super sprint’ to an ‘ultra’ depending on your levels of fitness and masochism. Note that the Park will be closed to vehicle traffic on the day.
LINK: London Duathlon
4) Richmond Running Festival – Sunday 22nd September
A new event designed to cater for everyone from serious runners to those who just fancy getting out there and having a go. There’s a Kids’ Mile, a 10k and a Half Marathon to give your legs a real workout. There will also be food stalls, music and a range of fitnessy type things going on. The festival HQ will be in the Old Deer Park in Richmond although the adult races actually begin in Kew Gardens. The routes are nice and flat so get yourself sorted for a PB.
LINK: Richmond Running Festival
5) Cabbage Patch 10 – Sunday 20th October
Obviously we don’t want to be thinking about October just yet but in the true spirit of ‘FYI’, Twickenham’s very own 10 miler is now open for entries. It’s a run from Twickenham to Kingston to Richmond then back to Twickenham. Simples.
LINK: Cabbage Patch 10