Preparations underway for Richmond Castle 10k

Participants in a previous Richmond Castle 10k.

Runners from far and wide will visit the district this month for the Richmond Castle 10k.

Up to 500 people will take part in the annual race on Sunday, October 13, which draws entries from across the country and beyond.

The event is run by Swaledale Runners and has been growing in popularity in recent years.

This year’s event is sponsored by Richmondshire estate agents Love Property.

Race director Claire Hewitt said: “The really exciting part of the event’s growth is the fact that it now brings up to 500 runners, as well as their families and supporters, into Richmond which is fantastic for the town.
“The event is great for getting people out and running, and all the health and well-being benefits that brings

“Some of those who take part each year are taking on a 10k for the first time and may have started running in one of the several couch to 5k groups that we have locally.”

This year, the race will be started by GB international ultra-runner Sharon Gayter, from Guisborough, who this year broke the women’s ‘JOGLE’ record, traveling by foot from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 12 days, 11 hours, 6 minutes and 7 seconds.

Proceeds from the event will go The Bridge, a charity in Catterick Garrison, which provides support and companionship to help people live independently.

In a departure from the course used for the past two years, the 2019 race will start and finish in the Batts riverside park area.

The race is all on roads apart from a very short section on grass in the Batts.

Runners pass the spectacular River Swale waterfalls before crossing the river at Green Bridge and climbing Sleegill.

Runners follow a short circuit round Catterick Garrison then return into Richmond, where they circle Richmond Castle on Castle Walk before enjoying a fast downhill finish into the Batts below the castle.

Prizes are given out for the first three men and first three women, first in junior age categories, for teams. Spot prizes are also given out.

The race field is limited to 500.

For more details and to enter visit www.swaledaleroadrunners.co.uk/richmond-castle-10k