On Sunday 15 March 2020 the Palace Half Marathon at Hampton Court Palace is back.
The Palace Half is a flat and picturesque course which starts and finishes inside Hampton Court Palace. Running at this historic venue offers not only a perfect opportunity to run a personal best, but to visit and run inside one of the UK’s major tourist attractions.
Starting in front of Hampton Court Palace, the half marathon proceeds down Barge Walk alongside the beautiful River Thames, before crossing over Kingston Bridge.
Runners will then continue down the river on the east side before passing through Thames Ditton and re-entering Barge walk for a second time after crossing over Hampton Court Bridge.
The final stretch of the run will take you into Home Park, running through the beautiful parkland and finishing inside the Palace Gardens, with the historical Palace within touching distance of the finish line.
The course is flat, and will be a mixture of terrain.
Runners will also receive a race t-shirt and other goodies, but most importantly the big and chunky Henry VIII themed medal that the event has become renowned for.
This event is chip timed and accurately measured. Results will be announced live on the day of the event.
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Visitors will have free access to the East Front Garden all day but the site will be busier than usual. Tickets will still be required to access the main palace and maze.
Additional information on the race can be found on the Half Marathon website:
08:15–09:30: Restricted vehicle access to Trophy Drive.
This area will become increasingly difficult to access as runners arrive. During this time, access to the palace will be maintained via Adams Gate and Moat Lane.
09:00: Start of race.
Runners will start in waves over a 30-minute period, approximately every 6 minutes.
09:00–12:30: Restricted vehicle access to Barge Walk.
12:30: Race to finish in East Front Garden’s in Hampton Court Palace. The final finish time is dependent on the runners on the day.