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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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Tickets available until Sun Feb 07 2021

What's included:

  • Bespoke Thames Meander bespoke medal.
  • Winners’ trophies for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male / Female runners for each event.
  • Race Director Chip Timing, free race certificate and net chip times sent directly to your mobile after the race.
  • Sports Action Photography with an option to purchase the race photo’s.
  • Well stocked Aid Stations supplying Tailwind, Chia Charge Bars, jelly babies, pretzels, bananas, coca cola, fruit cordial and water.
  • Cue Medical professional medical support through the race for all runners.
Half Marathon
10:30am Sat 6th Mar 2021

Run 13.1mi

Marathon
10:00am Sat 6th Mar 2021

Run 26.2mi

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4.1
15 reviews
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
SceneryStunning scenery
FamilyFamily friendly
Ken w
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4.7
Did the Marathon in 2020
Done many runs,but this was my first marathon<br />Nice and friendly atmosphere, good flat well marked course … read more
Bryan
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4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
The event was well organized, and the staff was extremely quick to answer any questions I would have. … read more
Sam
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4.3
Did the Half Marathon 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. … read more
Frequently asked questions
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What is the time limit for the Thames Meander half / full marathon ?
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Are there onsite changing facilities, showers & toilets for the Thames Meander?
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Where are the aid stations based along the route?
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Route description
Route description

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.T

General

The route for both races will be very well signposted with fixed Hermes Running signs marking the run-route (yellow/black chevron fixed directional signage and pink ribbons all along the route). There will be marshals at both the full and half marathon turnaround points and respective check points which will be well stocked!

The marathon runners will be given red race bib numbers and the half marathon runners will be allocated blue race bib numbers, this is to make it much easier for our marshals / runners to distinguish between the full and half, so if you see a runner flying past you just check out his or her race bib before you decide to speed up!

Time Limit

The time limit for the half marathon course is 6hrs and it’s 6.5hrs for the marathon course.

How difficult is the course?

The majority of the course 99% is flat / fast and is run along the Thames Path out / back. Both half marathon and marathon runners should exercise due care when running under Richmond Bridge then past the Richmond town centre as this area can get very congested so please take extra care when running past this area and be very courteous to the general public.The conditions are weather dependent and if it rains the Thames Path trail can get muddy on stretches due to the tidal flow, so we would recommend light trail or hybrid shoes although if it’s been sunny leading up to the event then road shoes will be fine too. At the turnaround points which both have Aid Stations at the Kew Gardens car park for the half marathon and at Barn Elms Boat Club for the full please move out of the way of your fellow runners if you stop to re-fuel to avoid congestion.

Ken w
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4.7
Did the Marathon in 2020
Done many runs,but this was my first marathon<br />Nice and friendly atmosphere, good flat well marked course
Bryan
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4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
The event was well organized, and the staff was extremely quick to answer any questions I would have.
Sam
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4.3
Did the Half Marathon 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.
Sophie
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Despite the epic winds, the Thames Meander experience was superb. Really well organised, great atmosphere and supportive volunteers. Even my fellow runners were some of the friendliest I have encountered. A great race to boost confidence and achieve a PB. I would definitely sign up again for either the full or the half.
Ben
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4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Good fun, nice stretch of the river. No headphones permitted which is a bit annoying and having to run 800m beyond the finish and back is a psychological killer
Ross
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1.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Started on time and was easy enough to find. I felt disappointed from the course. You run along the river and turn back on yourself and run same route back. However, you have to run past the finish line another mile and turn around again and run back to finish the race. Extremely annoying as the people who had already finished are standing around stretching ect in the way of the path of the runners who still have to run past. Poorly designed. No stewards at all to make any room for continuing runners. I wish I checked out the route before signing up. If I had known I wouldn't have done it.
Tom
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3.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
This was my first half marathon and enjoyed it mostly. For what is I'd imagine a relatively small event the atmosphere was good. However my main complaint was getting to the "finish" line to be told we still had 2 miles to go. I didn't seem the only person that thought this was just cruel! Other comments are more toilets needed and seemed to be no security checking bag numbers at the end. I found my bag no problem, but it struck me it would've been very easy for anyone (not even just runners) to have wandered in and pick any bag(s) up.
Nanda
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5.0
Did the race in 2019
Nice track. The organizers planned the event well. There were quite a number of refreshment station to motivate the runners.
Jen
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3.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Pleasant flat course. Not nearly enough portaloos, so long queues. I won't run any events like this again if they continue to disqualify people for wearing headphones. I understand it is a safety thing, but music is an important part of my training.
Ania
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5.0
Did the race in 2019
It was my a first marathon, a very friendly atmosphere and a great route. I definitely recommend. Thank you!
Tom
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4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Very enjoyable relatively low key event. Smooth check in and good pre-race venue. More toilets would have been good. A nice, scenic and flat route along the river up to Kew on mostly paved or compacted surfaces. Easy to follow with adequate, well stocked way stations. The finish area was a bit confusing as the aid station had people wandering back into the path of people yet to complete the loop in Kingston.
Jen
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3.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Muddy and a bit narrow at the start to get going quickly but it is advertised as a trail run so to be expected. Twisted my ankle trying to dodge people running in the opposite direction after the half way point but there are plenty of wider parts of the course and I survived. Loved the latter half of the run and in general , low key but well organised. Thanks!
Joe
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3.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Great day out and amazing volunteers.Cons (for organisers): - Not enough toilets - almost missed the start queueing- Feed station at the finish line blocked the route confusing runners. If I didn't have my watch I would have probably stopped thinking I'd finished. Saw someone finish the wrong way cutting their race short by 2 miles :(Would love to do it again though!
Steve
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
A great event up and down the riverside. Super windy in parts but good fun. Plenty of runners and well stocked drink stations
Steph
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Beautiful scenic course along the thames. Very well organised event with a lovely medal at the end!!
4.1
15 reviews
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SceneryStunning scenery
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Logistics and schedule

The race HQ is the YMCA Hawker Centre, Lower Ham Road, Kingston-Upon-Thames, KT2 5BH.

Registration at YMCA HQ from 7.30am sharp so get there with plenty of time to spare in order to get changed and get your baggage secured in the designated area. There will also be 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. Event organiser does not accept liability for any loss of personal possessions but there will be someone in charge of the baggage. There are no parking spaces for runners at the YMCA HQ, so you will need to go straight to the Seven Kings Carpark, Sury Basin,Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 5ND this is a multi story car-park and from here you can walk along the Thames Path from Kingston Bridge, through Canbury Gardens to the YMCA HQ and it’s literally a 1 mile walk.

The start time for the marathon is at 10.00am sharp and 10.30am sharp for the half marathon, at the YMCA Hawker Centre HQ (Kingston) and both events will finish back the HQ, with the intention of the staggered starts being to ease the congestion on the Thames Path trail.

Mandatory 10 minute pre-race briefing at the start, just to talk through the course conditions and health and safety.

How to get there

12 Wittering Cl, Kingston upon Thames KT2 5GA, UK

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Will there be parking on/off site on race day?

Yes there is an allocated car park at the YMCA Hawker Centre, Lower Ham Road, Kingston, KT2 5BH here parking will be on a first come first served basis as there are only 120 spaces.There is also unrestricted car parking on the surrounding residential roads and a good parking area available close by in Burnell Avenue here TW10 7YE, and from there it’s literally a 0.25 mile walk along the Thames Path to the race HQ. You can also use the Seven Kings Car park here in Skerne Road near Kingston-Upon-Thames town centre. Registration starts from 7.30 am so if you are coming by car, we would urge you to get there early if you need a parking space.

What additional transport links will be available to get to the start of the race?

If you’re coming by Train the nearest stations are Kingston which is 1.6 miles away or about a 25-30 min walk. For train details here please refer to the Trainline link.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
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.
FAQ
Are there onsite changing facilities, showers & toilets for the Thames Meander?
The race YMCA HQ has adequate changing facilities for both male / female runners. In addition there will be shower facilities for runners wanting to freshen up post-race. Additionally, there will be portaloos while you are out on the course.
FAQ
Where are the aid stations based along the route?
Station 1 will be at the YMCA HQ start / finish. Station 2 - Petersham fields. Station 3 - Kew Gardens car park (half marathon turnaround) - Station 4 - Barnes Bridge (marathon runners only). Station 5 - Barn Elms Boat Club (marathon turnaround point). There will be additional marshals will be positioned at Canbury Gardens (far side) for the marathon turning point and just past the Boaters Arms Public House for the half marathon turning point.
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Half Marathon
10:30am Sat 6th Mar 2021
Marathon
10:00am Sat 6th Mar 2021
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