Thames Meander Marathon & Half Marathon - November
Two ﬂat scenic riverside trail runs, starting and ﬁnishing at the YMCA Hawker Centre in Kingston-Upon-Thames. The marathon meanders along the Thames Path out to the far side of Canbury Gardens, returns past HQ and on to the Barn Elms Rowing Club turnaround point, past HQ again to the far side of Canbury Gardens, the ﬁnal turnaround point, and back to the ﬁnish.
The half marathon starts in the opposite direction, meanders along to the ﬁrst turnaround point at the Kew Gardens car park, returns past HQ and on towards Canbury Gardens, the ﬁnal turnaround point, returning to ﬁnish. Organised by Hermes Running.
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Out and back and back again!
It's a flat route that follows along the edge of the River Thames, passing through Kew, Richmond, and Putney. The organisation is great, with well-stocked aid stations. It is literally a run 13 miles 1 way and comes back the same way though so doesn't really take your mind off of the miles. Personally I prefer a run that keeps me guessing. There is no real difference in terrain or view which makes it quite a boring run. I would love to use it as a training run but as a complete marathon not so much.
The hardest part is at roughly mile 24 you run past the finish line to go out to a turning point roughly a mile away, then you have to go back to the finish. I found that bit really hard, but then I guess that's just what a marathon is, hard.