September 14, 2016
Record Breaking Olympian, Jo Pavey will be the royal attraction at Sunday’s Richmond RUNFEST as she tackles the Kew Gardens 10k in her quest to regain her ‘Queen of Richmond’ title.
Celebrating her 43rd birthday this Tuesday, the mother of two from Exeter comes into the event full of confidence following a Record Breaking Olympic appearance.
In Rio, Jo became the first British track athlete to participate in a quintet of Olympics. “I really enjoyed the event when I was here two years ago and I can’t wait to return to the beautiful Kew Gardens again!”
Her nearest challenger is likely to be St Mary’s University graduate, Charlotte Purdue. The British Junior 10,000m record-holder, is preparing to run the Berlin Marathon next weekend and qualify for the World Championships in London next year.
Meanwhile in the men’s 10k race, London 2012 Olympian, Chris Thompson aka King Thommo returns to defend his crown and collect a hat-rick of victories.
Keeping his crown will not be easy as London 2012 Olympian Scott Overall is eager to win his first Richmond crown in his home borough.
It is hoped that the Olympians above will inspire the next generation in the afternoons NIKE Kids’ Mile races. The Festival’s Race Director Tom Bedford said:
“4 years ago, we started something very special that has enabled us to expand and target more of our Olympic Legacy aims. Running in Kew Gardens is a rare privilege, and we look forward to partying with our runners after the event!”
On top of all the sweaty fun, a music festival and Fitness Expo will keep the whole family entertained. Local bands and DJ’s will provide the music, while the gathering of Olympians will be on hand to help make it a true celebration of running and fitness.