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.
Marathon and Half Marathon
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8:30am Sat 11th Mar 2023 - 9:00am Sat 11th Mar 2023
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London, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Queen Elizabeth Walk, London SW13, UK
Start times
9:00am Sat 11th Mar 2023
Half Marathon:
8:30am Sat 11th Mar 2023
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Thames Meander Marathon & Half – March
Half Marathon
Route information
Both routes follow a scenic riverside trail starting and finishing at the Barn Elms Sports Club. Once leaving the sports club, the course winds along the Thames Path past Kew Gardens centre towards the turn-around point at Isleworth Eyot. The route is a 13.1-mile out-and-back route, meaning Marathon runners will complete 2 laps of the course.
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
How to get there
Queen Elizabeth Walk, London SW13, UK
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There are no parking spaces for runners at the Barn Elms Sports Club, however there will be plenty of parking spaces available the the London Wetlands Centre which is right beside the Race HQ. There is also a multi-storey car park in Putney Town centre and some residential car parking spaces in close proximity.
By Public Transport
  • Bus: 33, 72, 283, 969
  • Car park: Wetlands Centre (beside the Barn Elms Sports Club)
  • Rail: Barnes (20 min walk)
  • Tube: Putney Bridge (25 min walk)
Event day logistics
07:30 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:
  • CP1 Start / Barn Elms Sports Club, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, SW13 oDG (KLP Medical Support)
  • CP2 White Hart Barnes, The Terrace, Riverside, Barnes, London, SW13 0NR
  • CP2 Kew Gardens Car Park, Ferry Lane, TW9 3AG
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.
27 reviews
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Did the race in 2023
Friendly event as ever from Hermes. Well stocked checkpoints.
Did the race in 2023
Beautiful views of the Thames, found the course trail tricky in places due to loose scree pebbles etc and this was my first ever half marathon. Overall a fantastic morning running in the sunshine !!
Did the race in 2023
Excellent day Possibly two loops isn’t ideal. A thought
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.
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