The British Heart Foundation is announced as Richmond Runfest’s Charity of the Year 2019

Partnership will fund research to help stop heart and circulatory diseases in its tracks

National charity the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has been announced as Richmond Runfest’s Charity of the Year 2019. The partnership will raise vital funds for the BHF’s life saving research to help beat heartbreak forever.

Heart and circulatory diseases, including coronary heart disease, stroke, vascular dementia and their risk factors such as diabetes, devastate millions of families across the UK. Money raised from Richmond Runfest events in 2019 will go towards helping us better understand how to prevent, diagnose and treat heart and circulatory diseases, which are responsible for 1 in 4 deaths in the UK.

Richmond Runfest, which was launched by Mo Farah in 2013, offers events suitable for a variety of different ages and abilities. With registration for 2019 now open, those who want to join the fight and help stop heart and circulatory diseases in its tracks can sign up for the beautiful Kew Gardens 10K, Richmond Runfest Half Marathon and Richmond Runfest Marathon. In 2018, Richmond Runfest saw almost 10,000 runners cross the finish line and is hoping to reach new record numbers in 2019.

Liam O’Reilly, Third Party Events Lead at the BHF said, “We’re honoured to have been chosen as Richmond Runfest’s Charity of the Year 2019. It’s a truly fantastic way to generate awareness for our cause and to help raise money to fund life saving research for the seven million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory diseases which include heart disease, vascular dementia and stroke.

“The race organisers, Tom and Jade Bedford, have already been a fantastic support and we look forward to building a brilliant relationship with the entire community of Richmond Runfest throughout 2019 and making the event extra special for all involved to help beat heartbreak forever.”

Jade Bedford, Assistant Race Director at Runfest, says: “We are delighted to welcome the British Heart Foundation as our Charity of the Year 2019. As our first headline charity focused on beating heartbreak forever, we are excited to be a part of this challenge to encourage our runners to ‘run with heart’!”

Registration for these exciting and challenging events is now open. Richmond Runfest’s Kew Gardens 10k is taking place on Saturday 14th September followed by the Half and Full Marathon on Sunday 15th September.

To sign up and help raise money for the BHF’s life saving research, head to the BHF website.


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