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Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Summer

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34 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Gerhard N
"it was a great course with definite PB potential (which i manage to get!)...."


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


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

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
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  2. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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Event details

  • Trails
  • Road
  • 500 participants

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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 both at and fast so were expecting some great PBs.

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Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Summer route

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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.

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

Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Summer reviews (34)

4.2 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

Reasons people recommend this event

  • P

    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.
  • S

    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!
  • S

    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.
  • A


    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
  • L


    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!
  • D

    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.
  • A


    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.

  • C

    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!
  • S


    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.

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


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
Alex C, 22nd Feb 18

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