Thames Meander Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k – March

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Thames Meander Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k – March
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Take on a Spring challenge with the Thames Meander 10k, half or full marathon. Perfect for novice and seasoned runners alike, the out and back course lets you experience the Thames Path and its stunning views. Record a PB on the fast, flat course and get your hands on a bespoke finisher's medal.
Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k
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Sun, 3 Mar 2024
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London, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Queen Elizabeth Walk, London SW13, UK
Start times
Sunday, 3 Mar 2024
8:30 am |
Half Marathon:
9:00 am |
9:15 am
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Thames Meander Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k – March
Half Marathon
Route information
The half marathon and marathon courses consist of a 13.1 mile loop and two 13.1 mile out and back loops respectively.
Beginning at Barn Elms Sports Club, the races take the same straightforward route following the scenic Thames Path. Runners will pass the London Wetland Centre before reaching Hammersmith Bridge, the Thames' first suspension bridge, continuing on through Barnes and past its nature reserve. After reaching Chiswick Bridge, the route will head past Kew Gardens.
Reaching the turn around point at Isleworth Eyot which will be clearly marked, half marathon runners will begin their final stretch, heading back to the starting point of Barn Elms Sport Club to conclude their race.
Marathon runners will complete a further lap, continuing back on to Isleworth Eyot before finishing at Barn Elms Sport Club.
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
  • Fully marshalled route and turn-around point
  • Post-race sports massages available at an additional cost
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 at 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
09:15 10k starts
12:15 Cut-off time for the 10k
15:00 Cut-off time for the Marathon and Half Marathon
Age Requirements
All entrants must be 18 and older to enter the Marathon event. Those participating in the Half Marathon and 10k have to be aged 17 or above.
Cut-Off Times
There will be cut-off times in place at the event:
  • Marathon - 6.5 hours
  • Half Marathon - 6 hours
  • 10k - 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 and Full Marathon?
The time limits for the half marathon and 10k courses is 6hrs, and the marathon course has a time limit of 6.5hrs.
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.
Are there toilets along the route at the Thames Meander Half and Full Marathon?
There are toilets at the Start / Finish and at Eileen’s Cafe in Petersham. There are also pubs that you can use along the route but we cannot have portable toilets along the Thames so you would need to use the pubs.
Will there be a mandatory race briefing at the Thames Meander Half and Full Marathon?
Yes, there will be a 10 minute “Health & Safety” briefing that will take place before the start of the half marathon and marathon, so please get to the start in time to attend this. We would also like to make it clear that all runners should use the UKA Approved “Aftershokz” over ear bone conducting earphones so you can hear what is going on around you at all times, and to be courteous to fellow runners and all other pedestrians / cyclists using the Thames Towpath. If you run using any form of over or in earphones as per our terms and conditions, you do so at entirely your own liability risk. Please be very mindful of the public using the trails too, if you are caught being rude to anyone you will be DQ’d from any future events and this includes all our marshalling staff too.
How difficult is the course at the Thames Meander Half and Full Marathon?
The majority of the course 99% is flat / fast and is run along the Thames Path out / back. The conditions are weather dependant though it’s mainly a firm running surface, I would highly recommend road shoes for this course. The turnaround point for the half and marathon at the Isleworth Eyot will also be very well marshalled.Please ensure that move out of the way of your fellow runners if you stop to re-fuel to avoid any congestion occurring at the check points and please pay particular attention to our marshals on the route, especially at the turnaround point.
What food and drink will be available at the checkpoints for the Thames Meander Half and Full Marathon?
The 3 check points will all have a selection of food / drinks including High 5 Gels & bars, Blue Energy electrolytes, pretzels, fruit cordial and water.I would also highly recommend that you bring a hydration pack or a 500 ml water bottle so that you can carry your own electrolyte drinks in a bladder or bottle and to ensure you can carry electrolytes and any food that you’ll need for your race. You will be able to re-supply with nutrition at the all these check points and therefore be more self-sufficient.
Where do I discard my litter at the Thames Meander Half and Full Marathon?
There will be plastic pop-up bins provided at all the check points for your water bottles, GU Gel packs, High 5 Gel packs and wrappers to be discarded. We would urge you not to discard any litter on the Thames Path trail at all please, our marshals will take any litter from you so just keep it until you get to a marshal, or use the bins provided which will be at each of the 3 check point locations.
How will the course at the Thames Meander Half and Full Marathon be marked?
We will be marking the course with fixed Hermes Running pink / black chevron signage throughout the run-route, and there will be marshals at the check points and at the turnaround point at the Isleworth Eyot. Our marshals and will be located at this turnaround point for the half marathon and marathon, so please pay special attention if you are wearing MP3’s, there will also be a Hermes Running turnaround A Frame billboard at this turnaround point.
What happens if I want to drop out of the race?
If you are feeling unwell and need to retire from the race, please contact me David Ross (Race Director) 0798 4540177. You can also inform a marshal or a medic and they will pass on the message to us. Please on no account leave the course without informing us of your whereabouts as your safety is our main priority. My contact number will be printed on the front of the race bib if needed and we would like to complete your emergency contact information too at the back of your race bibs. We would also suggest that you carry your mobile phone with you and download the What3Words app onto your phone in advance, as we can easily locate you within a 3meter radius if you have this app on your phone and can then give us your precise location.
What do I need to bring on race day for the Thames Meander Half and Full Marathon?
Yes it is recommended that all runners bring along a hydration pack or waist pack with at least a 500ml water carrying capacity so you can then top up your water bottles / and carry gels easily on race day and you’ll be able to re-supply at all the check point locations. The organisers are keen to promote sustainability so please bring your own water carrying bottle or hydration pack on race day. Road shoes are definitely recommended for this course as 80% of it is run along asphalt paths and the rest on very hard packed dirt trails, so you can easily run this in road shoes or hybrid trail shoes. It is also recommended that you don a cap / sunglasses and use screen block as it could be a very hot day. The organiser would also encourage you all to check the projected weather forecast.
Will there be race photography at the Thames Meander Half and Full Marathon?
The photographer does really professional photo’s and this will be done by Gareth Parker Photography, the photo’s will cost £7.50 each and will be available they have been uploaded using geo-tagging and this will take place within 24hrs of the event staging. There are also be links embedded on my homepage for you to access, in order to purchase the race photographs.
How does the chip timing work at the Thames Meander Half and Full Marathon?
The timing will be done by OneTime Chip Timing and registration will take place on the day, your race bib and will be handed out to you by our registration team and the OneTime timing tag will need to be laced into your running shoe.The provisional chip timed results will be recorded initially but please note that these will only be provisional and will be subject to final verification. These will be uploaded to our Hermes Running homepage directly after the race has taken place, the links will be embedded on my homepage too so once you have completed your race you can go directly to the homepage to search for your provisional results.
When will the prizes for the Thames Meander Half and Full Marathon be awarded?
Winners’ awards will be awarded and will be handed out to the Male /Female 1st, 2nd & 3rd runners once the directly after the race, there will not be Vet Category awards for these race distances.
What level of medical support can be expected at the Thames Meander Half and Full Marathon?
There will be qualified medics managed by Kevin Peach from KLP Medical Supplies Ltd. they will be providing professional first aid support on race day. Medics will be situated at the start/finish, and checkpoint 3.
Can I wear headphones at the Thames Meander Half and Full Marathon?
Headphones are permitted but bone-conducing ones are recommended to ensure the safety of all runners. The use of any earphones in accordance with the event organiser terms and conditions of entry also means that if you use any form of earphones, you do so entirely at your own risk.
Is there a race permit and can the Thames Meander Half and Full Marathon be used as a qualifying race for larger events?
The race is fully (Association of Trail Running) ARC and UKA permitted and professionally chip timed. In this respect we have all the necessary identifications in place required for this to be an officially recognised as a pre-qualification event for the Comrades Ultra Marathon (South Africa) and 2 Oceans Ultra Marathon (South Africa). This is not an officially measured course however and therefore cannot be used as a TCS London Marathon (GFA) qualification time.
What are the cut-off times for the Thames Meander Half and Full Marathon?
The Marathon cut off is 6.5 hours and Half Marathon is 6 hours.
What age do I have to be to enter the Thames Meander Half and Full Marathon?
Entrants must be 18 or older to enter both the events.
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