Thames Meander Thames Meander

Thames Meander

Barn Elms Sports Club, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, SW13 0DG

Barn Elms Sports Club, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, SW13 0DG

Sat 11th March 2023

Starting at 08:30

2 races

£44.64 - £53.10

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Organiser's Description

A scenic riverside race starting from the Barn Elms Sports Club, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, SW13 oDG and proceeding along the Thames Path past Kew Gardens to the turnaround point at the Isleworth Eyot on this 13.1m out and back flat fast stunningly scenic riverside route, which is very well marked and marshalled all along the course, with very well stocked check points.The course is a two lap route for the marathon and a one lap for the half marathon.

Runners World rated as one of the top 10 marathons in the U.K.

ROUTE DESCRIPTION

Both the half and marathon routes will start / finish at the Barn Elms Sports Club, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, SW13 0DG

Route to proceed from the Barn Elms Sports Club HQ in situ, and the route will proceed all the way along the Thames Path past Kew Gardens centre, then onwards to the Isleworth Eyot turnaround point along the Thames towpath on an out / back loop. This will be well marked / marshalled.There will also be a turnaround A Frame billboard at Isleworth Eyot denoting the the turnaround point and marshals in high viz jackets but if you are using MP3 players please be mindful of this out / back turnaround point ! The course will comprise of x2 13.1mile out / back loops for the marathon race and x1 13.1 mile loop for the half marathon. The route for both the races will be very well signposted with fixed pink / black Hermes Running signs marking the run-route, and there will be marshals at Isleworth Eyot turnaround point.The marathon runners will be given red race bib numbers and the half marathon runners will be allocated blue race bib numbers, this is to make it much easier for our marshals / runners to distinguish between the full and half, so if you see a runner flying past you just check out their race bib before you decide to speed up.

CHECK POINT 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

*Please be mindful and courteous of pedestrians / cyclists onthe run-route. All 3 check points will be well manned and there will also be a large A frame billboard situated at the Isleworth Eyot here with turnaround clearly marked on it, so please ensure you take care at this point and listen to our marshals instructions clearly if you’re wearing your MP3’s.

Awards / Race Support

- Bespoke Hermes Running bespoke race medal.
- Winners’ coaster awards for the top 3 Male / Female runners for both races.
- Photography by “Gareth Parker Photography” at £7.50 per photograph.
- KLP Medical Supplies (First Aid Support) at the Start / Finish.
- Professional Sports Massage Therapy by Louise Acher, from LA Sports Massage £12 for 10 mins.
- Well stocked Check Points at the Start / Finish and at Kew Gardens Car Park.
- Well marshalled run-route.

Races

  • Marathon

    £53.10

    Sat 11th March 2023

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Association of Running Clubs (ARC) save £2.00

    Trail Running Association (TRA) save £2.00

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  • Half Marathon

    £44.64

    Sat 11th March 2023

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Association of Running Clubs (ARC) save £2.00

    Trail Running Association (TRA) save £2.00

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  • Marathon

    £53.10

    Sat 11th March 2023

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Association of Running Clubs (ARC) save £2.00

    Trail Running Association (TRA) save £2.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Half Marathon

    £44.64

    Sat 11th March 2023

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Association of Running Clubs (ARC) save £2.00

    Trail Running Association (TRA) save £2.00

    Booking for more than 1?

What's Included

Bespoke medal.

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

Location

Barn Elms Sports Club, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, SW13 0DG

Course Details

Marathon Route: A flat scenic riverside trail marathon starting and finishing at the YMCA Hawker Centre HQ.The course meanders along the Thames Path out to the far side of Canbury Gardens and then returns past the HQ and along the Thames Path trail as far as the Barn Elms Rowing Club turnaround point, returning past the HQ again to the far side of Canbury Gardens which is the final turnaround point, returning to finish at the YMCA HQ.

Half Marathon Route: A flat scenic riverside trail half marathon starting and finishing at the YMCA Hawker Centre HQ.The course starts in the opposite direction to the marathon and meanders along the Thames Path out to the first turnaround point at the Kew Gardens car park, then returning 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 HQ.

Course Marking/Signage: Both routes will be very well marked throughout with Hermes Running yellow / black chevron fixed directional signage and pink ribbons all along the run routes.The courses will be also be well marshalled at both turnaround points and at the respective check points which will be well stocked.These courses are both flat and fast so we’re expecting some great PB’s.

Getting there & Parking

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.

other information

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

Please be aware that there will not be changing facilities at the registration area near Burnell Road (Kingston) TW10 7YE. There will will be 7 portable toilets that will be positioned in the field adjacent to Burnell Road, but please show consideration to all fellow runners, as they may also require urgent calls of nature pre-race too.

The time limit for the marathon is 6.5hrs.

Minimum age for the marathon is 18 years old

Reviews

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4.4

5 reviews

NP
Natalia

·10 months ago

Well organised. Pretty straightforward route to follow along the river. The only thing I have struggled with was the amount of people during the morning and afternoon along the route, especially when coming back from Hammersmith and Chiswick Bridge. Really nice medal and good vibe in general.
KS
Katrina

·10 months ago

Excellent organisation, refreshments and atmosphere. Thank you for an incredible experience! I only have one piece of constructive criticism. Running past the finish line to continue running for another 2 miles is psychologically quite challenging. Not sure if it would be possible to extend the first part of the race along the river so it's exactly a half way point? This way when you see the finish line, you're actually running towards it. Thanks again to all the team involved!
CR
Chris

·10 months ago

The on-the-day experience was great. The race took in some fantastic scenery along the Thames. Overall, the race was well organised with a nice medal at the end. Quite a bottleneck for the first 1km, so perhaps a staggered start would be better in future. The pre-race confirmation and instructions email could be improved upon - it was rather unclear.
CB
Carlo

·10 months ago

Great run. Flat but diverse environment. Very well organized
JC
Jean Christophe

·a year ago

Great fun with friends! Would have preferred a loop race, but scenery was beautiful on a sunny autumn morning!

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