Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Autumn

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Wind and snake round the iconic River Thames as you run a marathon or half along the Thames Path. 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.
Half Marathon, and Marathon
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Sun, 13 Nov 2022
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Richmond, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Petersham & Ham Sea Scouts HQ, Petersham Rd, Richmond TW10 7AH, UK
Start times
Sun, 13 Nov 2022
8:30am |
Half Marathon:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Autumn
Half Marathon
Route information
Both the Half Marathon and Marathon routes will start and finish at the Petersham & Ham Sea Cadets. True to it's name, the routes follow the Thames Path towards Richmond town centre, past Kew Gardens and all the way along to Barnes. At this point, runners will turn around and head back. Marathon runners will complete 2 laps of this course.
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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What's included
  • Thames Meander Finisher's Medal
  • Winners’ trophies for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male / Female runners for each event.
  • Sports Action Photography, option to purchase some lovely photo’s
  • 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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How to get there
Petersham & Ham Sea Scouts HQ, Petersham Rd, Richmond TW10 7AH, UK
Get full directionsExternalLink
There will not be parking available at the event.
By Train
If you’re coming by Train the nearest stations are Twickenham Station which is 1.5 miles away or about a 30 min walk.
Event day logistics
06:45 Registration opens
08:30 Marathon starts
09:00 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.
Race Packs
All race packs will be collected on the day from registration. Nothing will be sent out in advance.
Please get to the Burnell Avenue Open Space Area HQ area as early as is possible to register, but do not park there.
Age Requirements
All runners must be at least 18 years old to take part.
Cut-off Time
There will be cut-off times in place of 6.5 hours for the Marathon and 6 hours for the half.
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 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.
Winners’ awards will be awarded and will be handed out to the M/F 1st, 2nd & 3rd runners once the directly after the race, there will not be Vet Category awards for these race distances.
Aid Stations
There will be checkpoints along the course with a selection of food / drinks including GU Energy gels, Chia Charge bars, and water and will be situated at the following points:
  • Check Point 1 – YMCA HQ Start / Finish (KLP Medical Support)
  • Check Point 2 – Kew Gardens Car Park (half marathon turnaround) (KLP Medical Support)
  • Check Point 3 – Barn Elms Boat Club (marathon turnaround only) (KLP Medical Support)
Event Photography
Raceday photos will be available to purchase 24hrs after the event. Entrants will be emailed after the event when the photos become available and they will be geo-tagged on facebook.
Coffeebox Catering
There will be a van near the start/finish line on Burnell Avenue which will be offering coffee/tea throughout the day. There will also be a selection of snacks so please bring cards or small change to purchase any items.
Sports Massage/Coaching
Sports massage will be available for purchase from BeckyFit Sports Massage at £10 for 10 minutes. This will be located right next to the start/finish line and will be available from 7am.
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Hermes Running
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.
View more Hermes Running eventsExternalLink
What is the cut-off time for the Thames Meander Marathon & Half?
The cut off time is 6.5hrs for the marathon course and 6 hours for the half.
Can I listen to music during the Thames Meander?
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?
No, there will be adequate changing facilities, but no showers will be available.
When will I receive my race pack for the Thames Meander & Half?
All race packs will be collected on the day. Participants won't be sent anything ahead of time.
44 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
LighteningPerfect for a pb
Did the Half Marathon in 2021
Lack of water stations, aid stations, toilet facilities, changing room, bike stations, and bag drop security. There were small water cups at the finish - none throughout the route except at a turnaround point. 10 portaloos at the start line but none along the route. No mile markers. Bikes were locked to trees. Parking on public streets in a residential area. Tarps laid out for bags to be set on in the open with no security or protection from the weather. There was no aid or medical service along the trail or Marshals in the town areas. Organizers were asking what time the event was due to start and the announcer at the start line was making insensitive comments regarding race and sex. The one thing this event has going for it is the route. However, it was the equivalent of going out and running on your own due to the lack of organization and facilities. In fact, running on your own would be easier as the small trail would not be as crowded - especially as the trail was not closed and the public was still trying to use it. I have run several events over the past decade and this was by far the most shocking I have ever been to. Additionally, the organizers also request reviews but moderate the comments thus the difference in reviews.
Did the Half Marathon in 2021
Awful value for £40, Basingstoke and Reigate halves less cost: freecT shirt, photos, vets prizes to age 70, goodie bag, 4 water stations, pacers, mile markers, you had none of these, a disgrace 1 water station, very few marshalls, dreadful value for money not even water at the finish
Did the Marathon in 2021
I thoroughly enjoyed my 1st actual event marathon...the course has awesome views of the Thames..the pathways were a bit rocky and you did have to watch ya step at points but overall a great experience for me personally...thx to the sports massage therapists that aided me to recover that bit quicker ...
Did the Half Marathon in 2021
Very poorly organised event. No marshals, even on open roads, inability to aid someone in medical distress (1mile from HQ left waiting for 45plus minutes for first aid) out of date food (by months) on the aid stations. Expensive ticket price for a cheap mass produced medal ie not bespoke dated for the event. Clearly just a money making scheme for the organiser and not a running event. Funny that all the tick boxes you provided for 'what I would recommend' were all the things that were missing. Shocking event, dangerous and overly priced.
Did the Marathon in 2021
It was an amazing experience, a track of dreams, stunning scenery, and an embracing atmosphere. Highly recommend!
Did the Marathon in 2021
Really well organised, with great volunteers. Really scenic course along the Thames footpath, though the ground was a little muddy and uneven in places- loved it and got a PB.
Did the Marathon in 2021
My first marathon! Chilled out vibe which was good for me, and a nice course by the river. Might be a bit narrow in places if you were in a faster group and wanted to overtake, but not an issue for me.
Did the Marathon in 2021
Was a fab day overall- gorgeous scenery, lovely and flat! The only thing I’d change would be more atmosphere at the finish line- eg more food/drink stalls, just so we could hung around more! Thanks for a great race!
Did the Marathon in 2021
Had a really good time. Is a really challenging race if it is your first marathon, but the scenery is worth it!Really nice trail marathon!
Did the Half Marathon in 2021
Poorly organised, poorly marshaled, poor value for money and I have some safety concernsI am very disappointed in so many respects. I have done a few races with a few organisations so feel able to compare. Confusing pre-race instructions with various changes of information. E.g. start times, start location, advisability of lateral flow test, parking arrangements. Lack of marshals on the course generally and at critical points, those that were there mostly looked as though they did not want to be there. Loo facilities limited, insufficient water stations and only half a cup offered, foodstuffs out of date(!), medal a joke (small and not a trail run), crass strapline "Pain is just weakness leaving the body” potentially dangerous and giving out the wrong message about the benefits of running. Poor value for money - not saying that I want a goody bag or t-shirt but the medal was derisory and the entry fee for what we got should have been cheaper. Finally, my Strava and that of all my running mates measured the course at well over a half marathon, which I think is unprofessional.
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