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Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Winter

2 races scheduled · 700 participants · Sat 6th Nov 2021 · Kingston upon Thames
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About this event

Meander, or do anything but, in the winter edition of the Thames Meander Marathon & Half Marathon. The flat riverside trail starts and finishes at the YMCA Hawker Centre HQ, and provides the perfect course for runners of all abilities to set a new PB and enjoy the city sights along the way.

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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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Tickets available until Fri Nov 06 2020

What's included:

  • Lovely Thames Meander bespoke medal.
  • Winners’ trophies for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male / Female runners for each event.
  • Chip timing, free race certificate, and net chip times sent to your mobile after the race
  • Race photography with the option to purchase photos for £4.99 after the race
  • Well stocked Aid Stations with GU Energy Gels, Chia Charge bars, 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.
Marathon
12:00am Sat 6th Nov 2021

Run 26.2mi

Half Marathon
12:00am Sat 6th Nov 2021

Run 13.1mi

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4.2
31 reviews
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Aliye M
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3.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
I ran my first marathon on Saturday 11th November taking part in the Thames Meander. It was extremely wet and windy day so although the scenery was very pretty, every time I looked up I saw something beautiful, the path was treacherous at times and I ran in wet socks and trainers. The volunteers at the water station were very positive and helpful even though they were stood in the rain for us. My main issue is with the finish line.....passing your family and other runners finishing, knowing you have to run away and come back is cruel. My brother ran the last loop with me. Please change this for next year! Extend the route so the finish line is the finish. If not I urge all first time runners to arrange for a family member to run the last part with you, I needed it. I feel this being such a quiet route, there aren't any road closures, no crowds cheering you on, you have to be confident you can do it and wouldn't recommend it for a first marathon. Also when I finished the music had been turned off and it felt like everyone was packing up. … read more
Nurjehan K
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3.7
Did the Marathon in 2019
For the above reasons and for first time marathon runners, it was a great course. Stunning scenery, a simple out and back route.<br />Advice: <br />I felt there was insufficient marshalls along very long stretches.<br />Re-route the end. Its never a pleasure to see the end and have to pass it, before you finish it.<br />Was there a goody bag/T Shirt/Protein Bars/Drink/Fruit?<br />My main disappointment was the medal ribbon didn't have the year 2019 on it.<br />… read more
Mohamed M
Star
4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
An excellent running route along the Thames path. Well organised. Awesome medal. Friendly volunteers and participants. Great course for a pb time as mostly all flat.… read more
Route description
Route description

Marathon Route: A flat scenic riverside trail marathon starting and finishing at the YMCA Hawker Centre HQ. The course takes you along the meandering Thames Path out to the far side of Canbury Gardens. After the Gardens, runners will return 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: Similar to the marathon route, but starts in the opposite direction to avoid congestion. The first turnaround point will be at the Kew Gardens car park, after which runners will run back past Race HQ, turnaround at the Boaters Inn Pub, and speed on towards the YMCA for a spectacular finish.

Runners on both routes will enjoy the fast and flat route along asphalt paths or hard packed dirt trails, providing the perfect opportunity to lock in a final PB for the year.

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. Runners can relax and enjoy the run knowing that the courses will be well-marshalled at both turnaround points and at the respective check points.

Aid Stations:

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)

Aliye M
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3.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
I ran my first marathon on Saturday 11th November taking part in the Thames Meander. It was extremely wet and windy day so although the scenery was very pretty, every time I looked up I saw something beautiful, the path was treacherous at times and I ran in wet socks and trainers. The volunteers at the water station were very positive and helpful even though they were stood in the rain for us. My main issue is with the finish line.....passing your family and other runners finishing, knowing you have to run away and come back is cruel. My brother ran the last loop with me. Please change this for next year! Extend the route so the finish line is the finish. If not I urge all first time runners to arrange for a family member to run the last part with you, I needed it. I feel this being such a quiet route, there aren't any road closures, no crowds cheering you on, you have to be confident you can do it and wouldn't recommend it for a first marathon. Also when I finished the music had been turned off and it felt like everyone was packing up.
Nurjehan K
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3.7
Did the Marathon in 2019
For the above reasons and for first time marathon runners, it was a great course. Stunning scenery, a simple out and back route.<br />Advice: <br />I felt there was insufficient marshalls along very long stretches.<br />Re-route the end. Its never a pleasure to see the end and have to pass it, before you finish it.<br />Was there a goody bag/T Shirt/Protein Bars/Drink/Fruit?<br />My main disappointment was the medal ribbon didn't have the year 2019 on it.<br />
Mohamed M
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4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
An excellent running route along the Thames path. Well organised. Awesome medal. Friendly volunteers and participants. Great course for a pb time as mostly all flat.
Esther
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3.7
Did the Marathon in 2019
I do want to be positive, the medal is awesome! <br />I would suggest that at the start you arranged pens, unfortunately there was a very large person going very slowly, who managed to be at the front!! making it very difficult to overtake to get your pace going. Right there and then I knew a good race time was out of the window.<br />There was something not quite right with the layout of the finishing drink station, I know it was also being used for the actual races which would mean me getting in the way of the runners whilst standing to drink at the end of my race. <br />Thank you to everyone that helped!
Vickie
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4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
A nice course along the river, a little un-even at times but aid stations were really excellent. Banning headphones (even jaw bone ones) outright was a shame, especially as many ignored that so the course got boring at times. Running past the finish line to do the end bit wasn't ideal - the aid station at that point was also very crowded so I wasn't able to get a quick drink before the final run. I did the love medal though :-) Starting earlier would be helpful as it is open to the public and the route got crowded quite quickly.
Jonathan
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4.7
Did the Marathon in 2019
A really nice marathon with a personal and cozy atmosphere. The weather was not great so parts of the course was muddy. The positivity from the organisers and the crowds made up for that though!
Heather K
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4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
The bag drop at the beginning was not clear. Everyone left their belongings in a big pile in the tent which felt unsafe. However when we returned the organisers had sorted them into rows if you had attached your number. Great they did, but we didn't know it was going to happen. The course was great. Flat with lovely views. A few grumbling locals who didn't enjoy their weekend walk being populated by runners - fair enough. Some were also very encouraging. The helpers en route were fantastic. Maybe I didn't look hard enough, but I couldn't find any water at the end and had to queue up in the club house for a warm tap.
Kris
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5.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
Well organised, the Air Cadets at the feed stations were awesome. The medal was OK, but good to see green thinking with no t-shirt or 'goody bag' at the end
Kris
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4.3
Did the Marathon in 2019
Really well organised, good stations - awesome cadets. The medal was Meh but glad to find a decent marathon in November that doesn't involve going abroad!
Rach F
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3.7
Did the Marathon in 2019
One thing which I thought was not so good was having to run past the finish line and back to complete the course. Mentally this was horrible. It would be great if next year the course could finish at the finish line without having to run past it.
Bry E
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3.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
Whilst it was a good flat course, the route was open to the public so there was a lot of pedestrian and dog-dodging. There was also no toilet provisions other than at the start which was pretty uncomfortable! Its a boring route, there's no music stations or cheering along the way which can get pretty tough. However, well organised and easy to park and use the YMCA to chill before and after the race.
Rachel F
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4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Weather was awful but nothing could be done about that. Feed stations were very well manned and equipped as was the bag drop. The Hawker centre did get a little congested and I'm sure this was an irritation to other centre users.<br />The walk back to the multi storey car park seemed endless after the run :(<br />It was a little disappointing that there was no music en route. I'm sure we were told there would be and headphones were banned so we couldn't listen to any on our way round.
Steph
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
This race was extremely well organised and I had all of the information I needed before the race. Spot on.
Michael
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5.0
Did the race in 2018
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Gina
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4.0
Did the race 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.
Rachel
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5.0
Did the race in 2018
Great race, really well organised. Highly recommend!
Volker
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4.3
Did the race 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!
Emma
Star
4.3
Did the race 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.
Paxton
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3.0
Did the race 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
Jessy
Star
3.3
Did the race 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.
Samuel
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4.7
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?! ;)
Graham
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5.0
Did the race 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.
Mark
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4.3
Did the race in 2017
They must be doing something right Ive completed this course 9 Times since August 2015 Very Enjoyable Event a nice way to see some sights as you make your way along the Thames Parh Teddington Lock always makes me smileAs The monty python fish dance was filmed there Further up in the spring run theres good encouragement from Rugby fans Just beware the ground can be uneven and you sometimes can be caught by high tide which can be fun Ignore stroppy Rowers mind out for cyclists and just be aware of folks with dogs Only Gripe I have with this run is passing the finish line and having to run a loop back
marc
Star
4.7
Did the race in 2017
The race and course was fantastic, my only slightly negative comment would be some of the water stations were more chaotic than normal and there were very little in the way of cheering crowds...but that is hardly Hermes fault. Trail shoes, a good idea.
Debbie
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4.3
Did the race in 2017
Get there early, then parking easy. Trail shoes good idea too as muddy in parts.
Dan
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5.0
Did the race in 2017
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Oliver
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4.7
Did the race in 2017
One suggestion for future instalments would be clearer signage on the return leg when the course steps up from the Thames towpath to run parallel, to retrace what is the initial part of the half marathon route. During the race i took part in, all the field immediately in front of me missed the sign (which WAS there, perhaps just a tad small or too close to the turn itself) and continued along the towpath until it (helpfully) joined with the intended route after passing the start/finish area.
andy
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4.3
Did the race in 2017
I'd done the race in 2017, so knew the course and what to expect. I suppose parking is a challenge at the site itself - but i did find lots of space on side roads.
Alex
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4.0
Did the race in 2017
The course is flat and can be fast, the only considerations are that when it's been wet there are some muddy sections that can be a bit slippery, or some large puddles you have to run around or get wet feet. The Thames Path also remains open to the general public so you have to be careful not to run into people. It's not a huge problem, especially once the pack has thinned, but worth being aware of. and can stop this being a PB course if you're used to running on closed flat roads.
Kristian
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2.7
Did the race in 2018
Course was narrow and crowded in places. Whilst it spread out it wasn't ideal. Also in the final few miles there were some confusion about which patg to take with runners splitting between 2.
Mark
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4.0
Did the race in 2017
Course was lovely & challenging with a mix of terrain - only fault was the end, running past the finishing line & having to loop back was soul destroying- can the finish be reviewed or tag the loop onto the start?
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Logistics and schedule

Schedule:

07:30: Registration opens

09:50: Mandatory race briefing

10:00: Marathon start

10:30: Half Marathon start

Please arrive at least 45 minutes before race time to ensure plenty of time to find parking, register, store your bags, and warmup.

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, in order 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.

How to get there

YMCA Hawker, Lower Ham Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT2 5BH, UK

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Address: YMCA Hawker Centre, Lower Ham Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT2 5BH, UK

Parking:

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.

There is also unrestricted car parking on the surrounding residential roads and a good parking area available close by in Burnell Avenue TW10 7YE, a 0.25 mile walk along the Thames Path to the race HQ. The Seven Kings Car park in Skerne Road near Kingston-Upon-Thames town centre, which is a 1 mile walk from HQ, is a great option for parking.

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.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
What is the cut-off time for the Thames Meander Marathon & Half?
The cut off time for the half marathon course is 6hrs and 6.5hrs for the marathon course.
FAQ
Can I listen to music during the Thames Meander & Half?
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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Will there be showers at the Thames Meander & Half?
No, there will be adequate changing facilities, but no showers will be available.
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