Thames Meander Marathon & Half – March

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Test your spring baseline times with the Thames Meander half or full marathon. Perfect for first-time marathoners or veterans alike, the out and back course takes you right along the scenic Thames Path. Sign up now for the chance to record a PB or for the bespoke finisher's medal.
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Sat, 12 Mar 2022
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Richmond, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Burnell Ave, Richmond TW10 7YE, UK
Start times
Sat, 12 Mar 2022
Half Marathon:
9:00am |
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Thames Meander Marathon & Half – March
Half Marathon
Route information
The Marathon route follows a scenic riverside trail and starts and finishes at the YMCA Hawker Centre HQ. Once leaving the YMCA centre, the course winds along the Thames Path out to Canbury Gardens before returning past HQ and along to Barn Elms Rowing Club. Here, runners will turn around and run back past HQ to the far side of Canbury Gardens, before one more pivot back to YMCA HQ.
Half Marathon
The route starts and finishes at the YMCA Hawker Centre HQ. Starting in the opposite direction from the Marathon, the Half Marathon heads along to the Kew Gardens car park for its first turn around point, then returns back past race HQ and on towards Canbury Gardens. Once there, runners will make one more turn back towards HQ to cross the finish line.
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What's included
  • Bespoke Finisher's Medal
  • Winners’ trophies for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male / Female runners for each event
  • Chip-timed results
  • Professional race photography
  • Well-stocked aid stations
  • Medical support
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Finisher's Medal
How to get there
Burnell Ave, Richmond TW10 7YE, UK
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There are no parking spaces for runners at the race HQ, so you will need drive directly to the Seven Kings Carpark, Sury Basin,Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 5ND this is a multi story car-park, from here you can walk along the Thames Path from Kingston Bridge, through Canbury Gardens to the race HQ and it’s literally a 1.5 mile walk from this car park.
By Train
The nearest stations are Kingston which is 1.8 miles away or about a 25-30 min walk.
Event day logistics
06:45 Registration opens
08:30 Marathon starts
09:00 Half Marathon starts
15:00 Cut-off time
Age Requirements
All entrants must be 18 and older to enter the event.
Cut-off Times
There will be cut-off times in place at the event:
  • Marathon - 6.5 hours
  • Half Marathon - 6 hours
Checkpoints will be located at the following locations:
  • Check Point 1 – Race HQ Burnell Road TW10 7TE (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)
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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.
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What is the time limit for the Thames Meander half / full marathon ?
The time limit for the half marathon course is 6hrs and 6.5hrs for the marathon course.
Are there onsite changing facilities, showers & toilets for the Thames Meander?
There will not be changing facilities at the event, but there will be portable toilets.
Where are the aid stations based along the route?
Yes, there will be aid stations along the course, which are detailed above.
22 reviews
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
SceneryStunning scenery
FamilyFamily friendly
Did the race in 2022
The aid stations were great, savoury items very welcome, very well manned. Queue for loo quite long though!
Did the race in 2022
Enjoyable and varied opencoarse river path coarse with friendly organisms, volunteers, and participants.
Did the race in 2022
Really enjoyed the course, views and friendliness of organisers and runners alike. Only disappointing aspects were the food and water stations - more water required, and almost no food available, some bananas are all that is necessary. Take a look at Belvoir marathon 2 weeks ago, the stations there were fantastic (tea/coffee/sandwiches/cakes/bananas/…)! I will definitely recommend it to our running club. Thank you.
Did the race in 2022
The course was beautiful but needed better signage … many people were confused about the route especially after the turnaround point. Really enjoyed the route and it was beautiful to run down the Thames path. With better signage people may well be more aware of the race and keep to one side as it was a bit busy at places where there was a thinner path. Overall a lovely race and I would do it again :)
Did the race in 2021
Awful value for £40, unlike Basingstoke and Reigate less cost, they had free t shirt, free photos, pacers, goodie bag, 4 water stations, amazing marshalls, closed roads, you had out of date bars at aid station, 2021 and one bar was 2020, they just said " they came in a box" my freind stopped at a runner in distress and it took 45 minutes for first aid to arrive, what if it had been a heart attack? Tell me what we got for £40 please
Did the race in 2022
Was my first marathon. Course is flat on mostly hard ground. There were some muddy bits and you share the path with the public - neither is an issue though. It’s a small and intimate race (some 200 marathoners and some half marathoners). I thought it was well organised and enjoyed the race
Did the race in 2022
This is a decent half/full marathon course. It's super flat so no need to worry about hills. You have to be prepared for some congestion on the Thames path so this is worth bearing in mind if you're on a mission for a PB. At the turn point I got stuck behind a rowing crew who were trying to put their boat into the river for a minute or so and I couldn't squeeze past. I appreciated the rest, but I imagine some would be frustrated by this. But it's a low key event and well organised, so I'd still thoroughly recommend it.
Ken w
Did the race in 2020
Done many runs,but this was my first marathonNice and friendly atmosphere, good flat well marked course
Did the race in 2018
The event was well organized, and the staff was extremely quick to answer any questions I would have.
Did the race in 2019
I went to this race with a big group of the team. It's a really great race for a spectator and lots of places to cheer on from along the river and because part of the course is out and back you can see the runners multiple times without having to move very much. It's very flat and fast so good for PBs and the waves they released the runners in meant there was no issue with pinch points which was a great way of doing it.
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Recent Questions
Jessica Raddie-Chambers
Are there cut off times if so what are they?
iain Hudson
Will our bib numbers be sent or do we collect them on the day?
Stephy Dennis
Hi there. Race numbers can be collected at Registration on the day. Enjoy the event!
Tanya Snook
The website says entries are closed, can you sign up on the day at all?
Stephy Dennis
Hi there. Just to let you know that the Thames Meander races do offer on the day entries depending on availability.
Ramon Miguel Gonzalez
Hi. Are there still available slots for on day entries? Thank you
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