Whole Foods Market Breakfast Run takes around 1000 runners along the banks of the River Thames, taking in iconic landmarks including Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Court Bridge and finishes in Kingston. The distances are unusual but many runners use the event as last minute training for longer distances.
Where: Kingston-Upon-Thames, London
When: Late March
Size: Around 1000 runners
Distances: 8.2 miles or 16.2 miles
Oficial race website here.
- If you are new to racing, the Whole Foods Kingston Breakfast Run is an ideal race for beginners looking to step up from a 10km and do the 8 mile course and looking to stretch past a half marathon.
- Make sure you get your pacing right in training
- Train for a fast, flat race
- If you are using the race as a final prep for a marathon – don’t injure yourself!
What’s the organisation and set up like?
The race is organised by Human Race Events and you can sign up to the race on their website. Two weeks prior to the race you receive your race package in the post, containing your race
number and timing chip. Additionally, you can order the official technical t-shirt for the race too.
There are two distance options to choose from, one lap 8.2 miles long and two laps of 16.2 miles. All runners start the race together, however there are pace setters provided for 6 mins/ mile through to 12 mins/mile to help runners of all abilities run their best race. There are timing mats every 2 miles to provide split times throughout the race.
What’s the course like?
The course starts just outside of Kingston market square and across the Kingston bridge. The route then runs along the river Thames to Hampton Court palace, when it crosses the river again. It then takes the runners towards the Scilly Isles roundabouts, where it turns left back towards Kingston.
The first half of the course is a mix of pavement and dirt track and is traffic free, the second half of the course is on narrower pavements with occasional road crossings, but that’s never a problem as the race marshals ensure the cars give way to the runners.
The 8.2 miles lap finishes in Kingston just outside the Kingston Town Hall, and the 16.2 miles runners embark on the second lap of the same course.
It’s definitely a massive advantage of this race course are the beautiful historical sights of Kingston and Hampton Court along its route.
The course is mostly flat which allows fast racing. The only difficulty of this race is the distance!
Not many people will have raced this distance so might find it hard to pace for. It is quite a good race for 10km runners who are hoping to step up to half marathon distance.
It’s only a few weeks before the London Marathon, lots of runners taking part treat this race as a pre-marathon practice.
What’s the atmosphere like?
The atmosphere was very good, with lost of supporters along the route. This event is getting bigger and bigger every year, with former miss world Amy Willerton joining the runners this year.
Whole Foods sponsor the race, and give out fantastic goody bags to every runner after the race.
What is there to Apres Race?
On a sunny day, you can just sit by the river in Kingston and relax. If you still have energy left, you can visit Hampton Court Palace or travel across Kingston to Richmond Park to see different species of deer roaming around.
My Race Diary
I finished the race 222nd out of 972 runners with a time of 2:04:57.
I am happy with my result, it was the first time I did the 16.2 mile distance, and I’m already looking forward to doing it sub 2:00:00 next year!