Your race number will be sent to you prior to the race. Please ensure on entering the race that you provide an address that you will be living in at the time of the race! The race number must be firmly attached to the FRONT of your top. YOU MUST WRITE ON THE BACK OF YOUR NAME AND EMERGENCY DETAILS - if something happens to you during the race this allows us immediately to have important details about you.
This is a fundamentally a fun, community run for all abilities and disabilities. A finisher's clock will be provided for you to see your time, but the run is not chip-timed. Please note this does not mean that exceptionally talented runners do not take part! They do!
Come and mingle in our Village area in Orleans Gardens (TW1 3BL) from 8.30am. This is on the grassy area (Orleans Gardens) opposite Orleans Gardens café/House. You can find it to the right of the swings down, next to the cafe, by the river in Marble Hill Park, and we will move you to the actual start (outside The White Swan Pub (Riverside, Twickenham, Surrey TW1 3DN) in time for 10am.
There will be a trumpet fanfare on the start line.
PLEASE NOTE THE RACE DOES NOT START AT THE TURKS HEAD PUB.
To find the start from The Turks Head Pub it is right past St Margaret's station, down Crown Road, then crossing down to the bottom of Orleans Road onto Riverside.
Please click here for the Route Map.
The beautiful route passes along Twickenham Riverside, briefly touching on Twickenham and Strawberry Vale. Runners will then join the Thames towpath passing over Teddington Lock Bridge, Ham House, Petersham Fields and Richmond Upon Thames.
The race HQ will be in the start/finish/village (Orleans Gardens, next to the swings on the river in Marble Hill Park). This will be open from 8.30am.
There are no entries on the day. Any transfer of your race number to another person must be notified to Sport Systems before 1st May 2024. There will be NO TRANSFERS ON RACE DAY.
The use of headphones on The Turks Head 10k is not recommended. We also believe we have such amazing marshals and such a great atmosphere that we don't want you to miss out on that!
Although our race is not affiliated with UKA we would like to adhere to their rules FOR YOUR SAFETY.
From 1 April 2016 a new rule regarding the wearing of headphones in road races was introduced into the 2016-2018 edition of the UKA Rules of Competition. “The wearing of headphones, or similar devices, (other than those medically prescribed), is not permitted in races on any single carriageway road that is not wholly closed to traffic. This restriction does not apply to races held on dual carriageways provided that there are clear, structured separations between the separate carriageways. Competition Providers of races held entirely on roads closed to traffic may apply this condition where appropriate to local circumstances.” Race Directors may apply the condition to any race where they consider the wearing of headphones to be a hazard - including, for example, where runners must be able to hear marshals' instructions or on a lap course, and UKA will support the race director where that local condition is applied. Enforcement of this rule is a matter for the race director and referee and disqualification of runners who choose to ignore it is an option. Race Directors should state at the point of entry and in all pre-race publicity whether or not headphones are banned because failure to do so could result in many runners appearing on the day expecting to run with them.
The rule book is available for reference at www.britishathletics.org.uk or to buy from Harry Hitchcock Ltd, Lyon House, 16 Lyon Road, Walton on Thames, Surrey, KT12 3PU; 01932 225591 - email@example.com
Please come ready to run. There is a small bag drop area that is manned and can be found next to the Head Quarters gazebo on the grass area in the Village/Finish area.
Toilets can be found at The Turks Head Pub in St Margaret's (10 minute walk to start line), at both cafes in Marble Hill Park/Orleans Gallery. There will also be toilets brought in for the day placed next to the cafe by the swings
There is a water station situated at Ham House car park, this is just over half way round.
Water will also be provided at the start and end of the race.
If the weather is exceptionally hot, as has been the case for many years, an additional water station will be provided near Teddington Lock Bridge.
Every year an Local Inspirational Hero opens the race.
This year the event will be opened by Gary Wimbledon - a member of The Bearcat Running Club whose story continues to inspire many
Past inspirational heroes have included:
Hugh Brasher - Events Director of London Marathon Events
Paul Sinton-Hewitt OBE and Joanne Sinton-Hewitt - founder of Parkrun
William Reed - who won a Gold for 25m Breaststroke at the 7th World Down Syndrome Championships in Morelia, Mexico
Natalie O’Rourke - MBE Park Lane Stables
Malcolm Ellis and Frank Dupree - founders of Twickenham's longest standing race, The Cabbage Patch 10
Russell Cook - who raises money and awareness MDS Patient Support Group and ran 3 marathons for 3 transplants (that he has had)
Thomas Siegal - local inspirational Runner and friend to many in our community
Rachel Smith - 100 marathon club
The Maris Practice, a hugely loyal race sponsor will be on hand to provide fantastic massage post race. The Maris Practice is a gem of a practice providing all your needs - many of The Bearcat Running Club use this practice regularly. They can be found down Amyand Park in Twickenham/St Margarets and come highly recommended.
Students from the sports massage course at St Mary's University College will be volunteering after you have run offering finishers a well-deserved post-race massage. The Centre for Short Courses and CPD at St Mary's University College in Twickenham offer courses in health, nutrition and complementary therapies. More information on the courses can be found www.smuc.ac.uk.
There will be prizes for the first 6 male and female runners and these times will be the only times recorded.
Prize-giving will be held at The Turk's Head pub at 12.45/1pm while you enjoy a BBQ/pint.
There will also be a SPOT PRIZE donated by SPORTING FEET. Put your race number in a box at The Turks Head Pub and it will be drawn after the prizes are given.
There is a café by the swings where you can buy snacks and drinks.
It is highly recommended that you join us for what has become rather a legendary party and BBQ back at The Turk's Head, Prize-Giving at 12.45/1pm, Live Music at 1.15pm. There will also be free face painting / activities for children.The event is very much about THE COMMUNITY. The Bearcat Running Club is a huge part of this event providing the majority of the marshals. Please take a look at The Bearcat Running Club's website.
Parking is available in streets within easy reach of the start and finish area. Please check residents parking restrictions on the signs generally they do not apply on Sundays. PARKING RESTRICTIONS THAT DO APPLY are rigorously enforced. Wardens will issue tickets for parking on any part of the pavement or double yellow lines. There is a small car park on at the top end of Marble Hill Park by the Adventure playground, TW1 2NL.
Please bring any unwanted BRAS - old, new, sports, fancy - last year we collected 2,000 bras for Zabra and these were then distributed around the world to women who cannot afford one. Our goal this year is 3,000. COME AND ADD TO OUR BRA MOUNTAIN, which will be found in the middle of the village area.
In the last couple of years we have collected over 200 cheek swabs for Delete Blood Cancer, please, come early and consider donating a cheek swab and getting on the donor registration - you might be called to save someones life one day.
Please note a donation from your entry fee will will be given to MDS Patient Support Group at Kings Hospital.
This years charities are:
The event also supports Park Lane Stables, Down Syndrome Swimming Great Britain, DKMS - Delete Blood Cancer and Zabra.
Should this year's Turks Head 10k Fun Run be cancelled for any reason beyond our control, refunds will not be available due to all received funds being committed to our suppliers.