Runners took step towards some sort of normality this weekend, by competing in the socially distanced Kew Gardens 10k, which took place inside the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Thought to be the largest social distancing running event in the UK, 3,500 runners were spread out over different arrival times and holding zones, while starting four at a time. 

Race Director, Tom Bedford said:

“With many mass participation sporting events cancelled since February, there were a lot of eyes on us, as many people didn’t believe that we could put on a socially distanced running event. I am pleased to say it was a success and that all of the hard work from our team during lockdown paid off.

"Feedback we have received so far is that people felt safe and socially distanced throughout the event, and I would like to thank our runners for cooperating under our strict COVID-19 rules whilst still having fun.

"One of our motives was to provide a physical platform for charity fundraising and to help build fitness, and physical and mental well-being. We are proud to be the only running event to fundraise for our incredible charities during this difficult period.

I thank the runners but I would also like to thank all of the staff, amazing volunteers and Kew Gardens for coming together to get this event over the start line and I hope it paves the way for other safe running events and parkruns to return as soon as possible.”

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, raised an outstanding £12,500 for Charity, whilst running a fantastic time of 53 minutes and 44 seconds.

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Sajid Javid running at Kew 10kSajid Javid running at Kew 10k

However, he was almost 20 minutes behind the winner, Seyfu Jamaal, who ran the fastest time of the weekend. His impressive time of 30 minutes and 14 seconds broke London Heathside AC’s 16 year old club record.

The ‘Queen of Richmond’s’ title went to British international, Tracey Barlow, who was the fastest lady over the weekend with a time of 34 minutes and 54 seconds.