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.
Participants
Marathon and Half Marathon
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Calendar
Sat, 6 Aug 2022
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Richmond, United Kingdom
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4.3
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Where and when
Location
Petersham & Ham Sea Scouts HQ, Petersham Rd, Richmond TW10 7AH, UK
Start times
Sat, 6 Aug 2022
Marathon:
8:30am |
Half Marathon:
9:00am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Summer
Marathon
Distance
26.2mi
£48.00
Half Marathon
Distance
13.1mi
£40.00
Route information
Both the Half Marathon and Marathon routes will start and finish at the Petersham & Ham Sea Cadets. True to it's name, the routes follow the Thames Path towards Richmond town centre, past Kew Gardens and all the way along to Barnes. At this point, runners will turn around and head back. Marathon runners will complete 2 laps of this course.
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
Train
How to get there
Petersham & Ham Sea Scouts HQ, Petersham Rd, Richmond TW10 7AH, UK
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Parking
There will not be parking available at the event.
By Train
If you’re coming by Train the nearest stations are Twickenham Station which is 1.5 miles away or about a 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.
Baggage
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.
Facilities
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.
Prizes
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.
View more Hermes Running eventsExternalLink
FAQs
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.
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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.
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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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Reviews
4.3
55 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
FamilyFamily friendly
sean
Star
4.0
Did the race in 2022
The course was ok, I learnt that 7 people fell (including myself) so people need to be aware of tree roots etc, running along the Thames in Richmond in hot weather is not much fun, LOTS of people milling about meaning times were slowed and distances increased.Start / Finish location was good, just had to find it as opposed to ending up down a private road with several other runners and volunteers. On final loop before starting out there was no still water ready and was offered carbonated, had to wait for a bottle to be located .Worst part that spoiled it a bit for me was at registration when one of the workers said don’t head to Brighton today and made a limp wrist gesture, he needs to understand that some of the runners were gay including the one that asked me about it before we started the run and said he wouldn’t be back
joseph
Star
4.3
Did the race in 2022
Really great experience! Tough in the heat but lots of fun! Thanks to all the volunteers and organisers !!
adam
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4.7
Did the race in 2022
The route was great although the tow path became really busy toward the end meaning you had to constantly dodge people. The marshals and check points were great, well stocked with all sorts to keep you going. There could be more signage down the the Cadets HQ, the postcode given didn't take you exactly there. Also only 2 toilets for mens for the whole race which made queues really long.
tom
Star
4.3
Did the race in 2022
Picturesque route but the section towards the turnaround point is a bit uneven, rocky and difficult when the legs are tiring.
mariusz
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5.0
Did the race in 2022
😀😀😀😀
mariusz
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5.0
Did the race in 2022
👍👍👍👍👍
mariusz
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2022
Super race
ben
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4.3
Did the race in 2022
Two things I'd change;Signage from the road was non existent...and the 'petersham sea cadets' aren't on Google maps! Fixing one or other or both would be good.- the half marathon turn point was a bit confusing. Nothing went really wrong just could have done with a big sign or something. Otherwise an ace course, thanks.
katie
Star
4.3
Did the race in 2022
Really enjoyed it. Perhaps start earlier to avoid crowds and heat
milissa
Star
4.7
Did the race in 2022
Had the best time the only criticism is the course is quite uneven on the gravel so very slippy
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Recent Questions
Eric Molloy
03/05/2021
If I wanted to raise money for a particular charity is that allowed? I can't seem to find any information on the website.
Stephy Dennis
19/05/2021
Hi Eric,
Stephy Dennis
19/05/2021
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 :-)
Eric Molloy
03/05/2021
If I wanted to raise money for a particular charity is that allowed? I can't seem to find any information on the website.
Vicki Johnson
12/04/2021
Is this race UKA certified?
Vicki Johnson
12/04/2021
Is this raceUKA certified?
Stephy Dennis
26/04/2021
Hey Vicki, yes it is :-)
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