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Thames Meander Marathon & Half Marathon - March

Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey

Organiser's Description

A flat, fast and scenic out and back riverside half and full trail marathon, starting and finishing at the YMCA Hawker Centre, Kingston Upon Thames. The routes will be very well marked and marshalled throughout, with spectacular views. Bespoke medal to all finishers.

The marathon meanders along the Thames Path out to the far side of Canbury Gardens, then returns along the trail as far as the Barn Elms Rowing Club, turning again out to the far side of Canbury Gardens, which is the final turnaround point before the finish at the YMCA.

The half marathon starts in the opposite direction, goes out to the Kew Gardens car park, where it turns towards Canbury Gardens, which is the final turnaround point before coming back to the to finish at the YMCA.


26.2 miles
13.1 miles

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Great flat course

The terrain was tow paths and double width walkways alongside the River Thames, a loop of six miles up and back in one direction and the rest in the opposite direction of the start line. After a very tight slow first two miles the gaps became larger between the runner’s abilities, the tight and slow start was a failure by the organisers to release the runners in ability at the start. Pens are needed. There was a very large lady "running" very slowly, she blocked the tow path making me unable to achieve speed until mile two.
The finish is positioned at mile 12 which means you have to run 1 mile in the opposite direction to the start in order to double-back to get to mile 13.1, the finish. My husband witnessed multiple runners seeing the finish and just crossing it without doing the correct loop. Cheating the runners who complete the whole 13.1 out of their finishing position.
The medal is very nice

Esther Balsom / Jan 14, 2020

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