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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.

Review summary

4.2
31 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

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Vickie R
"A nice course along the river, a little un-even at times but aid stations were..."

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Esther B
"I do want to be positive, the medal is awesome! <br />I would suggest that at..."

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Aliye M
"I ran my first marathon on Saturday 11th November taking part in the Thames..."
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How to enter the Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Winter

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    £38–£40
    Event passed
  2. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    £30–£32
    Event passed

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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

Possible light rain until evening.

15°C
Predicted highs
9°C
Predicted lows
IconHigh chance of rain
IconModerate breeze possible, up to 15mph

Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Winter reviews (31)

4.2 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

Reasons people recommend this event

Stunning scenery

Friendly atmosphere

Perfect for a PB

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    Aliye M

    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.
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    Nurjehan K

    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.
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    Mohamed M

    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.
  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    I do want to be positive, the medal is awesome!
    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.
    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.
    Thank you to everyone that helped!
  • 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.
  • 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!
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    Heather K

    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.
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    Kris

    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
  • K

    Kris

    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!
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    Rach F

    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.