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 Petersham & Ham Sea Cadets, and provides the perfect course for runners of all abilities to set a new PB and enjoy the city sights along the way.
Marathon and Half Marathon
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8:30am Sat 21st Oct 2023 - 9:00am Sat 21st Oct 2023
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Richmond, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Douglas House, Meadow Cl, Richmond TW10 7AH, UK
Start times
8:30am Sat 21st Oct 2023
9:00am Sat 21st Oct 2023
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
How to get there
Douglas House, Meadow Cl, Richmond TW10 7AH, UK
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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.
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.
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.
60 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
LighteningPerfect for a pb
Did the race in 2022
It’s the second time I’ve taken this route and I was a bit disappointed that the route has been shortened. Otherwise everything else went great
Did the race in 2022
Shame the course was reduced, I appreciate this was out of the hands of the organisers.
Did the race in 2022
It was a nice small and friendly race. I really enjoyed the whole event. It was very well organised and the atmosphere was good! The aid stations were well stocked with different drinks and food options. A shame was that the route needed to be changed. But otherwise... all perfect!
Did the race in 2022
It was a nice small race with good organisation and atmosphere. It was really enjoyable! The aid stations were well stocked with different drinks and food options. It was just a shame that the route needed to be changed. Otherwise... all perfect!
Did the race in 2022
Really enjoyed it. Everyone was very friendly and encouraging.
Did the race in 2022
Great flat course. Very well marked. Fully equipped food drink stations at about 5 km marks as course was out and back 4 times. Great atmosphere at the end points. Running through people on the trail at times, but it was manageable. Could be marked a bit more and advertised along the course, so people could cheer more.
Did the race in 2022
Great event, well organised
Did the race in 2022
This was my first marathon. Initially I was worried about running up and down the same part over and over but it worked so well and was possibly my favourite thing about it! You could support and smile at other runners and it was great for non running supporters!! Most of the general public didnt seem to know there a organised run going on but didnt matter much! It was very flat which was also great. The gravelly, uneven ground towards the end was pretty brutal expecially towards the end of the run but the rest of the terrain was great. Overall I absolutely loved it!! And feel so proud and happy to have completed it!!
Did the race in 2022
I would reccomend better signage and it was dicouraging the fact that no marshalls were cheering. As well as very few marshalls/volunteers.
Did the race in 2022
Very low-key event but very well organised. Marshals and staff were friendly and helpful. Only downside was lack of toilets on the course.
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