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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Sat 12th Mar 2022
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Richmond, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Burnell Ave, Richmond TW10 7YE, UK
Start times
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
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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
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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.
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Did the Marathon in 2020
Done many runs,but this was my first marathonNice and friendly atmosphere, good flat well marked course
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
The event was well organized, and the staff was extremely quick to answer any questions I would have.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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?
Steph Ede
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?
Steph Ede
Hi there. Just to let you know that the Thames Meander races do offer on the day entries depending on availability.
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