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Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Winter

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Welcome to Thames Meander Marathon & Half Marathon - November. A choice of two Winter runs through the scenic Richmond Park, meandering along the Thames Path on an out and back, well marked, mostly riverside route. Both runs are moderately undulating and start and finish at Marymount School in Kingston Upon Thames.

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4.3
19 Reviews
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Paxton S
"It was very busy in places, crowds of people gathering on the path outside of..."

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Steph E
"This race was extremely well organised and I had all of the information I..."

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Gina S
"Managed to PB! Supporters and volunteers where great - especially the kids at..."
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How to enter the Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Winter

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    Standard Entries
    £38–£40
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  2. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    Standard Entries
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    £30–£32
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Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Winter 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 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.

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.
  • 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.
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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cut-off time for the Thames Meander Marathon & Half?
The cut off times for the half marathon course is 6hrs and it’s 6.5hrs for the marathon course.
Can I listen to music during the race?
They have taken the decision to ban the use of music as there are some busy road crossing sections on all of their courses.
What is given out at the aid stations at the Thames Meander Marathon & Half - Winter?
A selection of food and drinks including Torq Energy Electrolyte drinks will be available at all 5 aid stations on the course.
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Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Winter weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

13°C
Predicted highs
7°C
Predicted lows
IconLight breeze possible, up to 8mph

Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Winter reviews (19)

4.3 out of 5 stars

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Reasons people recommend this event

Friendly atmosphere

Helpful volunteers

Well organized

  • Did the event in 2018

    This race was extremely well organised and I had all of the information I needed before the race. Spot on.
  • Did the event 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.
  • Did the event in 2018

    Great race, really well organised. Highly recommend!
  • Did the event 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!
  • Did the event 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.
  • Did the event 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
  • Did the event 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.
  • 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?! ;)
  • Did the event 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.