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Thames Meander Half Marathon
A ﬂat, scenic riverside trail half marathon starting and ﬁnishing at the YMCA Hawker Centre HQ in Kingston upon Thames. The course meanders along the Thames Path out to the ﬁrst turnaround point at the Kew Gardens car park, then returns 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.
The route will be very well marked throughout with Hermes Running yellow / black chevron ﬁxed directional signage and pink ribbons. The course will also be also be well marshalled at both turnaround points, and at the check points which will be well stocked. The course is ﬂat and fast so we’re expecting some great PBs.
Winners’ trophies for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male / Female runners
Chip timing, free race certificate and net chip times sent directly to your mobile after the race.
Well stocked check points
Medical support throughout the race for all runners
Secure baggage storage
Hawker Centre, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 5BH
There are no parking spaces for runners at the YMCA HQ, so you will need to go 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 - it’s literally a 1 mile walk.
If you’re coming by train the nearest station is Kingston, which is 1.6 miles away, about a 25-30 min walk.
Registration at the YMCA HQ will be open from 7.30am. Please allow yourself plenty of time to register, get changed and get your baggage secured in the designated area with one of our baggage marshals.
You will be issued with your race number containing your electronic timing chip on the day. Your race results will be sent though to you via the mobile number you provided at the point of registration and will be uploaded to the website directly after the event has taken place.
There will be a 10 minute mandatory pre-race brieﬁng at the start
The race YMCA HQ has adequate changing and toilet facilities for both male / female runners, but no shower facilities.
The time limit for the half marathon is 6hrs.
Minimum age for the half marathon is 17 years old
The course is 99% ﬂat / fast and is run along the Thames Path out / back. We would ask runners to 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 dependant and if it rains the Thames Path trail can get muddy on stretches.
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