Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Summer

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Run along the river this summer with the Thames Meander half or full marathon. Perfect for first-time marathoners or veterans alike, the out and back course takes you right along the scenic Thames Path. Sign up now for the chance to record a PB or for the bespoke finisher's medal.
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Sat 6th Aug 2022
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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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Where and when
YMCA Hawker, Lower Ham Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT2 5BH, UK
Start times
Sat 6th Aug 2022
8:30am |
Half Marathon:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Summer
Half Marathon
Route information
Marathon Route:
This flat, scenic riverside trail starts and finishes at the YMCA Hawker Centre HQ. Starting on the far side of the meandering Thames Path by Canbury Gardens, and returning past the HQ. The whole time along the Thames Path trail, you will go as far a the Barn Elms Rowing Club turnaround point, before running towards your final turnaround point past HQ to the far side of Canbury Gardens, and finally returning to the finish at the YMCA HQ.
Half Marathon Route: 
Although following a similar scenic route statting and finishing at the YMCA Hawker Centre HQ, this course starts in the opposite direction. Start by meandering along the Thames Path to the first turnaround point at the Kew Gardens car park, up to the next point just past the Boaters Inn Pub, and to the final turnaround point which takes you back to the finish a the YMCA HQ.
Course Markings/Signage:
Both routes will be very well marked, with both Hermes Running yellow/black chevron fixed directional signage and 'Caution Runner' yellow/black signage on the Lower Ham Road section of the course. The whole course will be well marshalled and checkpoints will be well-stocked.
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What's included
  • Thames Meander Finisher's Medal
  • Winners’ trophies for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male / Female runners for each event.
  • Sports Action Photography, option to purchase some lovely photo’s
  • 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
How to get there
YMCA Hawker, Lower Ham Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT2 5BH, UK
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There will not be parking available at the Burnell Avenue Open Space area on race day so please do not park here. Nearby is the multi-story Seven Kings car park where the cost is reasonable.
The address of this parking is: Seven Kings, Phoenix Parking, Skerne Road, Kingston-Upon-Thames, KT2 5AD
By Train
If you’re coming by Train the nearest stations are Kingston which is 1.6 miles away or about a 25-30 min walk.
Event day logistics
06:45 Registration opens
08:30 Marathon starts
09:00 Half Marathon starts
Please arrive at least 45 minutes before race time to ensure plenty of time to find parking, register, store your bags, and warmup.
Race Packs
All race packs will be collected on the day from registration. Nothing will be sent out in advance.
Please get to the Burnell Avenue Open Space Area HQ area as early as is possible to register, but do not park there.
Age Requirements
All runners must be at least 18 years old to take part.
Cut-off Time
There will be cut-off times in place of 6.5 hours for the Marathon and 6 hours for the half.
You will be provided 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 to collect your bag.
The YMCA has adequate changing facilities for runners, but no shower facilities. There will be a number of toilets inside the YMCA, as well as portable toilets positioned outside by the start line.
Winners’ awards will be awarded and will be handed out to the M/F 1st, 2nd & 3rd runners once the directly after the race, there will not be Vet Category awards for these race distances.
Aid Stations
There will be checkpoints along the course with a selection of food / drinks including GU Energy gels, Chia Charge bars, and water and will be situated at the following points:
  • Check Point 1 – YMCA HQ Start / Finish (KLP Medical Support)
  • Check Point 2 – Kew Gardens Car Park (half marathon turnaround) (KLP Medical Support)
  • Check Point 3 – Barn Elms Boat Club (marathon turnaround only) (KLP Medical Support)
Event Photography
Raceday photos will be available to purchase 24hrs after the event. Entrants will be emailed after the event when the photos become available and they will be geo-tagged on facebook.
Coffeebox Catering
There will be a van near the start/finish line on Burnell Avenue which will be offering coffee/tea throughout the day. There will also be a selection of snacks so please bring cards or small change to purchase any items.
Sports Massage/Coaching
Sports massage will be available for purchase from BeckyFit Sports Massage at £10 for 10 minutes. This will be located right next to the start/finish line and will be available from 7am.
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Hermes Running
Organised Race Events In Surrey & Kent. These include the Thames Meander (Kingston-upon-Thames) Surrey, Magna Carta (Runnymede) Surrey, North Downs Way (Reigate) Surrey and the Bewl Water (Lamberhurst) Kent. All of the races are geared up towards both the novice runner, as well as the more experienced veteran runners.
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What is the cut-off time for the Thames Meander Marathon & Half?
The time limit for the half marathon course is 6hrs and 6.5hrs for the marathon course.
Can I listen to music during the Thames Meander?
For safety reasons, wearing headphones will be banned as there are some busy road crossing sections on all of their courses.
When will I receive my race pack for the Thames Meander & Half?
All race packs will be collected on the day. Participants won't be sent anything ahead of time.
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Did the Marathon in 2021
I have done this event a few years running now and it never fails to amaze me at what an enjoyable event it is. It has a really informal relaxed feel, but is exceptionally well organised. The race director Dave Ross is very approachable, friendly, and a consummate professional: answering all issues and concerns especially during the pandemic personally and in a really friendly manner. I can’t recommend this event highly enough.
Did the Half Marathon in 2021
This was my first Half Marathon. I thought it was very well organised and they gave great communication with instructions on where to park and what would be happening on the day. Throughly enjoyed the day even with the rain
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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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Eric Molloy
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Steph Ede
Hi Eric,
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Just to let you know that you are allowed to raise money for a charity of your choice, all you need to do is purchase a race entry and then you can set up your donate page for your charity and start spreading the word :-)
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Hey Vicki, yes it is :-)
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