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Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Winter

Sat 2nd Nov 2019
1 Cromwell Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6BJ, UK
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Welcome to Thames Meander Marathon & Half Marathon - November. A choice of two Winter runs through the scenic Richmond Park, meandering along the Thames Path on an out and back, well marked, mostly riverside route. Both runs are moderately undulating and start and finish at Marymount School in Kingston Upon Thames.

Distances in this event

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    10:00am Sat 2nd Nov 2019
    Tickets available
  2. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    10:30am Sat 2nd Nov 2019
    Tickets available

Route info

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What’s Included
Your Entry Fee Includes:
  • Lovely Thames Meander bespoke medal.
  • Winners’ trophies for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male / Female runners for each event.
  • R & R free race certificate with personalised chip time.
  • R & R Race Photography, option to purchase some lovely photo’s at £4.95 each.
  • Well stocked Aid Stations with HIGH 5 Gels, jelly babies, crisps, bananas, fruit cordial and water.
  • Free on-site parking at the race HQ on a first come first served basis.
  • Expert medical support provided by The Response Group.
Course Details

Marathon Route: A flat scenic riverside trail marathon starting and finishing at the YMCA Hawker Centre HQ.The course meanders along the Thames Path out to the far side of Canbury Gardens and then returns past the HQ and along the Thames Path trail as far as the Barn Elms Rowing Club turnaround point, returning past the HQ again to the far side of Canbury Gardens which is the final turnaround point, returning to finish at the YMCA HQ.

Half Marathon Route: A flat scenic riverside trail half marathon starting and finishing at the YMCA Hawker Centre HQ.The course starts in the opposite direction to the marathon and meanders along the Thames Path out to the first turnaround point at the Kew Gardens car park, then returning past the race HQ and on towards Canbury Gardens just past the Boaters Inn Pub which is the final half marathon turnaround point, returning to finish at the YMCA HQ.

Course Marking/Signage: Both routes will be very well marked throughout with Hermes Running yellow / black chevron fixed directional signage and pink ribbons all along the run routes.The courses will be also be well marshalled at both turnaround points and at the respective check points which will be well stocked.These courses are both flat and fast so we’re expecting some great PB’s.

Raceday Logistics

The registration at the YMCA HQ will be open from 7.30am sharp; so we would suggest that you get here with plenty of time to spare in order to get changed and get your baggage secured in the designated area. We will have tear off Tyvek baggage tags that correspond numerically with your colour coded race numbers on the day, so please ensure that these are tagged onto your bag when you hand your bag to the baggage marshal.

When you collect your race bags you will need to show your race bib number for security purposes, in order to collect your bag. We don’t accept liability for any loss of personal possessions but there will be someone in charge of the baggage.


There is an on-site car park for your use which will be free of charge although there is only space for 120 cars so please ensure you arrive early if you wish to park here.

We have an allocated car park at the YMCA Hawker Centre, Lower Ham Road, Kingston, KT2 5BH here parking will be on a first come first served basis as there are only 120 spaces.There is also unrestricted car parking on the surrounding residential roads and a good parking area available close by in Burnell Avenue TW10 7YE, and from there it’s literally a 0.25 mile walk along the Thames Path to the race HQ. You can also use the Seven Kings Car park in Skerne Road near  Kingston-Upon-Thames town centre. Registration starts from 7.30 am so if you are coming by car, we would urge you to get there early if you need a parking space.

If you’re coming by Train the nearest stations are Kingston which is 1.6 miles away or about a 25-30 min walk. For train details please refer to the Trainline link.

What is the time limit for the half / full marathon ?

The time limit for the half marathon course is 6hrs and it’s 6.5hrs for the marathon course.

Are there ample changing facilities, showers & toilets?

The race YMCA HQ has adequate changing facilities for both male / female runners. In addition there will be shower facilities for runners wanting to freshen up post-race, though we would ask you to be courteous if someone is waiting for a shower. The same applies to the toilet facilities which will be adequate, as there will be a number of toilets inside the YMCA (clearly marked) and in addition we have numerous portable toilets that will be positioned on the sports field at the front of the YMCA. Again please understand that your fellow runners may also require urgent calls of nature pre-race too.

Where will the aid stations / marshals be for both courses out / back?
  • Aid Station 1 YMCA HQ start / finish
  • Aid Station 2 Petersham fields
  • Aid Station 3 Kew Gardens car park (half marathon turnaround)
  • Aid Station 4 Barnes Bridge (marathon runners only)
  • Aid Station 5 Barn Elms Boat Club (marathon turnaround point)

*Additional marshals will be positioned at Canbury Gardens (far side) for the marathon turning point and just past the Boaters Arms Public House for the half marathon turning point.

Where do I discard my litter?

There will be plastic pop-up bins provided at all the Aid Stations for your water cups / gel sachets to be discarded. We would urge you not to discard any litter on the Thames Path trail please. The marshals will take any litter from you too, so please just keep it until you get to a marshal, or use the bins provided.

Will the course be chip timed?

Chip Timing will be provided by Chris Mills from the Race Director RFID timing you will be issued with your race number containing your electronic timing chip which is at the back of the race bib Registration on the day. The provisional results will be recorded initially and will be pinned to a notice board directly by the race start / finish, but please note that these will only be provisional and will be subject to final verification.

Is there a limit to the number of entries for each distance?

There is an on-line entry limit of 700 runners inclusive for the full / half marathons, although we also accept off line entries, and may additionally be accepting some entries on the day on a discretionary basis.

Can mp3 players / ipod’s be used whilst running this race?

We have taken the decision to ban the use of MP3 Players / iPod’s as there are some busy road crossing sections on all of our courses and in addition we have a duty of care to maintain relationships with members of the public that use these trails. Your heath and safety is our primary concern so please do not wear these devices as you’ll be DQ’d if you contravene these rules

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Reviews (19)

4.3 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the event in 2018

    This race was extremely well organised and I had all of the information I needed before the race. Spot on.
  • Did the event in 2018

    Managed to PB! Supporters and volunteers where great - especially the kids at the feed stations! The things that i found a bit annoying, which is not the fault of the organisers, was the how narrow some paths got and the general public that would not move out of the way. Cyclist were also zooming past quite quick and way too many loose dogs.
  • Did the event in 2018

    Great race, really well organised. Highly recommend!
  • Did the event in 2018

    - a better route map online- no loop at the end, rather a longer loop at the beginning- more warning for people along the course; Bay Area/harbour (?) was too crowded and I had to shout at people to get out of the way - they werent aware, so maybe more Marshalls along the route- overall great event, scenic route, great aid stations, good atmosphere etc. Big thank you!
  • Did the event in 2018

    Beautiful flat course. Not too muddy despite recent rain. Multiple surfaces to contend with but road shoes were adequate. Very busy when the half marathon runners caught up and where the path was narrow, but they soon turned round. Also busy on a couple of stretches along the roadside and by the boat clubhouses and pubs. On the return leg we were spread out and had to weave around lots of walkers etc. Very little cheering support along the route besides the multiple aid stations. I was disappointed with the lack of support when running past the finish for the final out and back section, I felt invisible when I really needed a boost for the last 2 miles. And only the mayor to cheer me over the line. However it felt like a no pressure, long training run. Great for a first marathon. I met some lovely fellow runners along the way and we encouraged each other round. Seemed well organised. Easy bib collection and bag drop.
  • Did the event in 2018

    It was very busy in places, crowds of people gathering on the path outside of pubs, lots of bikes and people walking, bit annoying having to stop completely to let people pass after running 30k and the finish was a bit rubbish, was there a reason we couldnt run past the turn around point for 1.5 km to avoid it
  • Did the event in 2018

    Only thing i would say about this race is that the half marathon needs to either go before or an hour after the marathon starts as I found it very intimidating running then having heards of people from the half charging past us. Apart from this it was a great race.
  • Did the Marathon in 2014

    One of my favourite marathons. Low key, close to home and nice and flat... also who doesn't like running away from traffic along the thames?! ;)
  • Did the event in 2017

    This was my first marathon and I wanted something flat and low key, so this was ideal! There were just the right amount of refuelling stops and there were enough people near the end to cheer you over the line. If you want to be cheered the whole way or run alongside someone dressed as a Power Ranger, look elsewhere. Parking was limited at the facility but it was quite easy to park in the local streets without paying.

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Marshalls are Brilliant always smiling encouraging you all the way Being a local event everyone seems to know everyone This is why I come back to this event
Mark M, 22nd Feb 18


Hermes are great. A really relaxed and supportive atmosphere. They leverage some nearby air cadets to help with the aid stations which works well!
Mark M, 22nd Feb 18

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