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Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Winter

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Event summary

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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What's included

Featured swag
November 2021 Finisher's Medal
  • Lovely Thames Meander finisher's medal
  • Winners’ trophies for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male / Female runners for each event.
  • R & R free race certificate with personalised chip time
  • Sports Action Photography, option to purchase some lovely photo’s at £4.95 each
  • 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

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Tickets available until Fri Nov 05 2021

Marathon
8:30am Sat 6th Nov 2021

Run 26.2mi

£42.00
Half Marathon
10:00am Sat 6th Nov 2021

Run 13.1mi

£34.00
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4.2
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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.Advice: I felt there was insufficient marshalls along very long stretches.Re-route the end. Its never a pleasure to see the end and have to pass it, before you finish it.Was there a goody bag/T Shirt/Protein Bars/Drink/Fruit?My main disappointment was the medal ribbon didn't have the year 2019 on it.… read more
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.… read more
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.… read more
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.… read more
FAQ
Will there be showers at the Thames Meander & Half?
No, there will be adequate changing facilities, but no showers will be available. … read more
Route description
Route description

Marathon

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

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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Logistics and schedule

08:30 Marathon starts

10:00 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.

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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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.

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.

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.
FAQ
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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Marathon
8:30am Sat 6th Nov 2021
£42.00
Half Marathon
10:00am Sat 6th Nov 2021
£34.00

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