PHOENIX - Riverside Marathon & Half Marathon
This is a beautiful low key jaunt along the River Thames from Walton on Thames to Hampton Court and back. Runners complete 4 identical laps for the full marathon distance. This is marathon race 3 in the 'Firebird' 4 marathon race series 2019.
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Nice low-key friendly run
A simple out and back course of about 6.5 miles which is then run 4 times for the marathon distance. The route takes you along the banks of the River Thames so quite a pretty route, but once you've done it a couple of times the scenery gets a bit tired. We had a lovely crisp day to run, the towpath was flat and fairly dry all the way.
Plenty of encouragement from fellow runners, there was a real feel of camaraderie. Well organised with an aid station either end of the route stocked with all sorts of yummy goodies. Also great to see they run a system where you use a refillable cup to avoid litter.
Parking at the Xcel leisure centre was free and you could use showers afterwards.
All in all a cracking run, will definitely lookout for more of their runs in the future.