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Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Winter

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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.

Review summary

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


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


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
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  2. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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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 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)

Event Details

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.
Raceday Logistics


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.


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.


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.

Kit List

If the weather leading up to the event is wet, the trail can get muddy so trail or hybrid shoes will be recommended. If the weather remains dry, road shoes should be fine to complete the course. A hydration pack or water bottle is also recommended.


Spectators should plan to watch the runners either at any of the turnaround points or at Race HQ where they can enjoy the post-race festivities.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.
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.
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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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.

Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Winter reviews (31)

4.2 out of 5 stars

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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.
    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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    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
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    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.

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