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Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Summer

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A choice of two Summer runs starting and finishing at the YMCA Hawker Centre (Kingston), proceeding towards the Thames Path on an out and back flat and fast scenic riverside route that is very well marked and marshalled all the way along. Both the half marathon and the marathon courses are at and fast so were expecting some great PBs.

Review summary

4.2
34 Reviews
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Patrick T
"Decent event for my first marathon however the course wasn’t very well..."

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Sam J
"This was my first ever marathon and I enjoyed it immensely. The army cadets..."

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Gerhard N
"it was a great course with definite PB potential (which i manage to get!)...."
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How to enter the Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Summer

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    Standard Entries
    £40–£42
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  2. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    Standard Entries
    £32–£34
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Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Summer routes

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 “Caution Runner” yellow / black signage on the Lower Ham Road section of the course. 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.

Event Details

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.
  • Sports Action Photography, option to purchase some lovely photo’s at £4.95 each.
  • 5 Well stocked Aid Stations with Tailwind, Chia Charge bars, jelly babies, crisps, bananas, pretzels, coca-cola, fruit cordial and water.
  • Free on-site parking at the race HQ on a first come first served basis.
  • Cue Medical professional medical support through the race for all runners.
Raceday Logistics

The Marathon begins at 10am and the Half-Marathon begins at 10:30am

There is always a 10 minute mandatory pre-race briefing at the start, just to talk though course conditions. Race health and safety is vitally important, so you will be briefed as to what you need to do if you’re not feeling well. We want you to enjoy the race in every way so it’s mandatory that you attend this briefing!

The registration at the YMCA HQ will be open from 7.30am sharp; so you are encouraged to get there with plenty of time to spare in order to get changed and get your baggage secured in the designated area. There will be 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. There is no liability for any loss of personal possessions but there will be someone in charge of the baggage.

Kit List
You are recommended to bring a hydration pack so that you can carry your electrolyte drinks in a bladder / bottles and to ensure you can carry electrolytes and food that you’ll need for your race.

Check the BBC weather forecast on the day, but there will also be a pre-race brief sent out with expected weather conditions. A Gore-Tex or rain jacket is recommended if it’s raining, including a beanie and gloves, alternatively if it’s a sunny day bring a cap and sunglasses. Light trail or hybrid shoes will be adequate for all weather conditions, but road shoes will also be fine if the course is dry.
FAQs

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 Race Director Chip 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. Your race results will be sent though to you via the mobile number you provided at the point of registration and will be uploaded to the website directly after the event has taken place, via embedded links at the bottom of the event homepage.

What happens if I have to drop out?

If you are feeling unwell and need to retire from the race, please contact David Ross 0798 4540177 or Phillip Howells 0780 226 0906. You can also inform a marshal or a first aider and they will pass on the message. Please on no account leave the course without informing someone of your whereabouts as your safety is the main priority. Contact numbers will be printed on the front of the race bib if needed and please make sure to complete your emergency contact information at the back of your race bibs.

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 the organisers also accept off line entries. They may additionally be accepting some entries on the day on a discretionary basis.

Will there be race photography?

Yes, the photography will be done by Edward Thomas from Sports Action Photography and the race photos will be available to purchase shortly after the race has taken place.

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

Are there race permits for this event and is it an official qualifying event for big events?

The race is fully TRA (Trail Running Association) and UKA (UK Athletics) permit certified, fully chip timed and is this respect the organisers have all the necessary indemnifications in place required for these to be officially recognised events. The marathon can be used for Good For Age (GFA) qualification for the London Marathon and as a pre-qualification event for the Comrades Ultra Marathon (South Africa).

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Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Summer weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

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Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Summer reviews (34)

4.2 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

Reasons people recommend this event

Stunning scenery

Friendly atmosphere

Family-friendly

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    Patrick T

    Did the Marathon in 2019

    Decent event for my first marathon however the course wasn’t very well marshalled, a lot the signs had fallen over and ended up going the wrong way at one point.
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    Sam J

    Did the Marathon in 2019

    This was my first ever marathon and I enjoyed it immensely. The army cadets were surprisingly encouraging and I loved the route. In the half marathons I've done the distances the aid/water station are at are usually displayed/prominent before the race/in emails - maybe I missed that information but would be v nice to have available (ignore if it was!). The race photographs are quite heavily half marathon focused, and don't cover any of the marathon finishers - obviously a very minor critique. Thanks for putting on a great race!
  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    it was a great course with definite PB potential (which i manage to get!). great day out, well organised, great support!
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    Stuart P

    Did the Marathon in 2019

    Excellent event, well planned and organised. Great out and back course, superb great support from organisers, marshals and pit-stop crews.
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    Atul

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Was holidaying in London and decided to do this HM over the weekend, great scenic run around the Thames River
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    Legs

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Great race, my main request for future would be that the half marathon does the 1 mile out & back at the start rather than the finish!
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    Dee W

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    A nice scenic run (along the thames, of course), unfortunately a lack of experienced marshalls and unclear turning points made it seem unprofessional. Witnessed marathon runners turning at the half marathon turn point - and therefore not running the entire race distance and jeopardising the results - due to young marshalls not taking their role seriously. Also wooden medal felt more like short-change than fun novelty.
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    Anna

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Having just run the Thames Meander race, its great to have such a route.

    However I felt slightly disappointed by the shower facilities. In an email from the organisers it was said that showers were available, so after the race I located the showers as advised by the staff in the YMCA. The showers which were not marked as male/ female were being used by men. No showers for the females. I therefore had to pay £7.50 to use ones in the YMCA. It’s not fair that men should get the showers for free and women should have to pay. I thought we had progressed in fairness and men and women were being treated the same, i was left with the impression this was certainly not the case here.

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    Chrissy L

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    I really enjoyed the Thames Meander, beautiful course with lovely scenery and great flat route for enjoyable running. I would say the half marathon course could have done with a couple of extra water stations. Also I didn’t love the use of so many single use plastic cups especially on such a windy day so close to the river (definitely saw some blowing away towards the river), think you should encourage people to bring their own water packs/camelbaks to minimise the use of plastic cups. Or ask people to pay an extra couple of pounds each and get paper cups! Otherwise amazing event - will be back in November!
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    SH

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Generally a great race, but three issues:
    - I didn't understand the total ban on headphones. Many people were wearing them without any problem. If this is a safety issue, why do many races allow them?
    - The lack of any distance markers (eg, 5km, 10km, etc) was not ideal.
    - The safety briefing was totally inaudible to most of the crowd.