It is so much smaller than the usual London races. I loved it. So friendly and it is gorgeous running along the river!
Excellent First Marathon Event
Thanks for a great day - My first marathon race event :) Only two points of feedback:
1 - The start was a little earlier than 10am and I was lucky enough to have my Garmin ready with GPS just in time, but a bit more of a countdown to the start (if not bang on 10am) would have been good.
2 - A few parts of the course were flooded - Being local, I knew this could have been the case, but I don't think all runners knew to expect this and the need to run through - I caught up with a few runners who had stopped wondering if they had gone the wrong way!
Apart from these two small points - The event was excellent and I would definitely recommend - Especially for first time marathon runners given the simplicity of the route and it being a very flat route. Thanks again, John Willoughby
good with a few remarks
what i really lacked was a snack/drinks stand at the marathon halfway turning point...it would have been a little reward for all the runners that they made it that far. also, it would have been nice if there were milestones along the way. otherwise very good.
Well organised, lovely course and very friendly
Wonderful support from the army cadet marshalls
Course seemed slightly long. Official time was 40 seconds faster than my watch
IT WAS AN INTERESTING RACE THAT WENT QUITE WELL . IT WAS GENERALLY WELL ORGANISED
THE ONLY THING THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN MANAGED BETTER IS WARNING PEOPLE THAT THE TIDE WAS RISING IN THE BARNES AS SOME OF US WERE FORCED TO TAKE SOCKS AND SHOES OFF TO GET THROUGH SHALLOW WATER IN THE THAMES. THERE MIGHT SOMEBODY RE-DIRECTING US JUST BEYOND BARNES BRIDGE ON THE WAY BACK
Really interesting to see different parts of London
There were a couple of spectacularly grumpy people on the path [1 x cycle 1 x pedestrian] at the start of the half marathon. Rather as if they had set their alarms for the race start to make sure they were there at the right time to complain.
A perfect marathon route, fast, friendly, beautiful and not too many people.
Could have done with an extra water station around the half way point - marathon distance. This would be my only point, however I did see some runners stop at the pub in Richmond to replenish. Great race guys!
Enjoyable event. Support and organisation was excellent
Nice smaller event in a very pleasant location.
Couple of things :
1. At start one runner banged into an older lady in Cranbury Gardens on first loop. It was an unfortunate accident but runners need to be careful.
2. The turnaround on marathon wasn’t that well signed or administered so we were a little uncertain - but no drama
3. The tide was fun especially at Mortlake. A number of us ploughed through but I expect others may not it wanted too - but you can’t halt nature.
Overall your events are really good. Done a couple of half’s and one marathon to qualify for Comrades. So much nicer than doing the large events - so thanks.
Well organised, nice event
Yesterday was my 3rd time on the Thames Meander, and I really enjoy it. Great course, close to home for me, well organised and super-easy (no long travel, no baggage trucks to worry about, just pitch up and off you go). The pre race welcome e.g. for the runner doing his 100th marathon was great, gave it all a nice friendly atmosphere. Good support along the way too.
On the course map - could you get your artist friend to add in some mile markers? Not so much for the runners, but for spectators it’s easier to work out timings where they can intercept you,
Water stations - the volunteers were brilliant. Suggest we need more water per cup though (only got 1/3 of a small cup most of the time yesterday, which just isn’t enough). Cups are a nightmare to drink from at the best of times, so more would help.
The high tide - wading through up to my shorts was a first for me on this course! The floodwater running down the Thames won’t have helped, but with high rainfall becoming more common by the looks of it, would definitely be worth avoiding race times that straddle High Water. The way out was fine, but it was v deep at Mortlake on the way back (thigh deep), and again at Richmond (shin deep). However, we survived!
Overall, well done, great event. See you next time!
Lovely run along the Thames and always a great crowd
Fantastic, fun and very well organised event!
A wonderful scenic route along the Thames, with friendly volunteers there to cheer you on and provide any aid you may need, this is a great event to kickstart your spring racing schedule. Well done to all involved and thank you!
Well organised, friendly and easy to get to using public transport
Take a spare dry pair of shoes in case the river creeps over the path lol
Would be great to have a few more portaloos at the start and maybe a couple at halfway turn around
Crowd size makes it light-weight, doesn't take 45 mins to start / be
Great course, good organisation, but room for improvement.
Yes. You need some sort of mile markers, even just a halfway sign. Given you pass the finish with about 2 miles left (even though you said in the briefing), a sign with the distance to go would also be helpful. Also, the water station at the end was very poorly organised. Finishers were congregating to collect water and goodies on the course and blocking runners. You should provide water and goodies at the end sufficienlty far from the course so that it doesnt affect runners.
Nice race with one or two minor issues
Thank you a nice event again. Some minor points for you guys and to be clear they have not upset me. Last drinks point had closed before we got there. One part was difficult to pass and we had to make a detour and the final Marshall was trying to send us back to the finish before the real turnaround points. There was a discussion but I said I’ve done this 3 times it’s further along and we continued.
Great small event
Excellent organisation! Beautiful medal and bib! Loved the event and especially the young cadets who supported the stations. Well done! Thanks for this great day!
Good early season marathon
Only confusing part was the turn around point, not very clear and people who don’t look associated to the event telling everyone to turn around
Very well organised, good facilities, flat course, great training marathon I have come back to many times.
Extremely well organised on the day with good communication pre race.
Loved this run along the Thames tow path. Course was well marked, Plenty of well stocked aid stations and cheerful, encouraging marshals. The path was a bit crowded at the finish area for runners trying to get through for the final section so maybe a marshal here to remind spectators to keep that area clear might be useful in future. Otherwise excellent 10/10!!
Really enjoyed it. Done it four times now and it doesn't disappoint. Even with the three swims??
Is it a bit long?? I think my GPS is bang on and I always come out at 26.5 ish. I think people go really wide round the turn arounds. Can this be taken into account.
Thanks for another great race
Excellently organised event along a beautiful river!
Flat, fast and scenic.
Very good event, good info in the website, big enough to feel busy but small enough to not be crammed onto the narrow course. Good food stations. Only things I'd improve are course signage (a bit small), distance markers would probably help those without GPS watches and the main thing I'd improve is the first turning point. I'd make that turning point a bollard that has to be run around as some people turn before the table. And it's a bit too busy with the table there too. The army dude does a good job of shouting instructions though and the volunteers on the food stations are really good too. Hope that's helpful. These are minor suggestions, cos it's a great event already!
Really enjoyed it.
Really did not enjoy passing the finishing line to do last loop back on yourself - would be much nicer to just run out further especially as it is such a great run along the thames path.
Would prefer mile markers.
Beautiful route. Nice relaxed and friendly atmosphere with not many runners or too much fuss. It would be good if there were at least one or two toilet stops along the route.
Very friendly, enjoyable event.
I had read in the information beforehand that headphones of any kind weren't permitted (so I didn't bring mine), however there were a lot of people wearing headphones during the race (including the lead female runners). I can see from the results that a few people were disqualified (presumably for wearing headphones), however it was a bit frustrating to see so many others clearly wearing them (and getting away with it!).
The only other comment relates to the drinks/feed station by the start/finish. When I had finished the half, a lot of other people who had also finished were around the table trying to get food/drinks, however this often meant they were blocking the people still running from either getting food/drinks, or being able to run through with a clear path. It may therefore be an idea to have a separate table for people once they have finished so they don't get in the way of those who are still running.
Overall though, I really enjoyed myself and will definitely be back!
A pleasant off road marathon, well organised. I enjoyed the whole experience.
Excellent Race along the river
great, new pb
Mile markers would have been useful.
Lovely scenery - shame about the weather.
Due to the weather conditions some of the track was a little difficult to maneuver with mud, puddles and pedestrians to get around in the middle section. Overall it was a nice route, even only being an out and back track.
Scenic but lacked support
Why the course passes the finish line where you have to run past and turn around. The weather didnt help but thought the course lacked support and at times held up at the start because the course was too narrow for the number of runners, funnel the start to make it better
The real London marathon
I stayed to cheer my friends across the line and was disappointed that the DJ stopped before they had all finished. If the music was still playing that would encourage more people to stay at the finish line too.
In previous years I have been able to shower after the race, I was disappointed the changing rooms we were shown to this time had no showers.
Friendly trail/ path run along the Thames path
The path is narrow in places so you do need to look out for other path users
Very enjoyable - nice flat run and nt as crowded as I expected
Would be nice to have something to run round at the turns!
One struggles to find fault in anything that David his crew put on...
David is extremely good at making runners (from all over the world) feel welcome… and his helpers and marshals are among the friendliest on the running scene.
A good choice for a first half marathon - nice and flat!
The only thing I didn't like was the last 3k or so - going back the other way having just passed the finish line! It would be much better to have the first turnaround a bit further along - at 10k or so, then a much shorter turnaround at the end. All in all really enjoyed it - marshals were lovely, great refreshments at good intervals. Glad I chose it for my first half.
Friendly race on a nice flat course.
It would be good if the final loop towards Kingston could be replaced with a loop of the parks at the Putney end.
Lovely route, great support.
For a flat out-and-back this was actually more challenging then I expected due to the varied terrain. And the weather, but that just added to the experience. Thanks for a great day, I’m planning to come again next year.
Friendly, a great challenge and well organised.
Nice scenic route and good trail
Route: was scenic with natural beauty
Accuracy of course: My GPS showed the FM was 43.2 kms, i have also checked the earlier reviews which mentioned the same. I think you should correct this.
Hospitality and water stations: Water stations at every 5 kms was good with good amount electrolytes, gels, bars, etc.
Finish line: You should provide some snacks at the finish line in a bag.
Baggage counter: Well managed
Registration counter: well managed
Route markings: There were some diversions where there were no markings. You could have kept volunteers at that place of kept the markings.
Medical: At the finish line i was not able to find reli sprays, which is a must at the finish line.
Overall a good experience.
Beautiful flat run with great friendly atmosphere
The only things I would say could be improve were the turning points were a bit anticlimactic without a loop, and the last 3k you had to run past the finish line with everyone celebrating and collecting their medals and run really far down to come back again - should have just ran further up the other way to Kew and come back straight to the finish rather than past the finish line - again a bit anticlimactic and torturous at that point in the run! But the army guys on the drinks stalls were amazing and really friendly!
It was great but I didn't like the terrain much but that's down to me
It says on your notes that there is space for 120 cars in the car park. However, we were asked to move as there were no spaces for runners. Fortunately my husband was dropping me off but had I been driving that would have added to the stress.
I’ve done this route 3x times, twice as mara and once as half. Always a great mix of super friendly runners and camaraderie. Strongly recommend if it’s your marathon duck or your 500th.
Great route flat for beginners
Aid stations were well run and supported
Great run along the Thames - always enjoyable!
Excellent feed stations, helpful and enthusiastic volunteers. Good facilities for spectators at the Y. A great day out!
Well organised low key marathon, on a scenic but rough towpath.
Liked the cups with electrolytes - seemed to go down better than water.
The towpath is now better around Ham, but still a bit rough in other places. Also a bit narrow, but the smaller field meant this wasn't a big issue.
Great first experience, despite the weather!
First Thames Meander and happy overall with the organisation and atmosphere. Only downside was that there were no distance markers, even one half way would have been extremely helpful. Drinks/snacks at the finish would have been better placed on the opposite side of the track. Crossing in front of runners who still had 5k to go was a shame.
Excellent work from the people who organised the registration and sorted all the bags!!
I enjoyed it
Runners at the back could not hear the briefing
Many runners wore headphones and I was under the impression these were not allowed, otherwise I would have had mine
I did enjoy it though and it was lovely to be back in my hometown
It’s great event but the half marathon should only start an hour after marathon start. The path is too narrow for so many runners and the half marathoners are very inconsiderate while running. Keeping no rules!!
Easy flat course for PBs and Beginners
Why no parking at the venue and no mile markers?
Lovely flat route
Enjoyable, scenic race
Will cone back again to repeat- thanks
Why were cups being reused? That is not good. I drank then I put my cup down and the young person just picked it up and refilled and put it in a tray. Shocking. Next time I will run with my own cup. I am shocked they think this is acceptable. Not a good health and safety thing. Other than that thanks for a great event. Cant complain about anything. Cheers!
A little jog by the river with a twist at the end
Some mile points would be nice
Great event. Great host. Coming back next year
Nice route but poor signalling
I’d have loved a bit more atmosphere, music and clearer route indications
Good flat half marathon
Enjoyable and well organised event. Only minor quibbles - the excessively long pre-race briefing that nobody could hear down-wind (it was windy), and a lack of promised jelly babies on the aid stations. I also thought the turnaround point was going to be nearer Kew Bridge and not need to pass the finish line with 1.6 miles to go, requiring a further out and back loop to complete.
The venue (YMCA Hawker) was really convenient for the race start, parking on street was achievable just meters from the perimeter, and there's a good selection of shops/cafes and coffee shops just a short walk from there in Ham.
I liked the 'eco' friendly wooden medal, but perhaps the sentiment was lost with the use of plastic cups on the water stations. People were generally courteous however and used the bins provided to collect them!
Would I do it again? Yes.
Perfect first half
The loud speakers at the start were not loud enough - you needed more further back. Perhaps facilitating an optional warm
Up before too would have been good.
Really liked the slightly different medal.
Perhaps some distance markers would have been good as well.
Flat and beginner friendly marathon
The turnaround for full marathon at canbury gardens was not marshalled and did not have a sign so no one knew where to run until or when to turn around to head back to YMCA. The new medal does not have a date or year, it will better to see a specific date on medal or least the ribbon.
relaxed stroll with great scenery
disappointed that there wern’t any markers for distance. People at the back couldn’t here the organizer at start of race when he was giving information out. was not well planned with people in the path while runners were running past the 11 mile mark (finish line). The medals where wood and not metal like the year before which was disappointing. apart from that really enjoyed it and will do next year for sure.
Potentially fast, smallish friendly race, generally experienced field.
Quite a lonely run so probably not one for beginners.
I don’t think enough water stations were provided on the route, and it was hard to know how far you had done or had remaining because there were no markers for distance covered. It’s also incredibly demoralising to pass the finish line and have to do another 2km to complete the full race.
Great Marathon, well organised
One issue was that the drink points did run-out of food. Although bananas were mentioned at the start none were there.
excellent friendly race
there was no cake this time :-(
Really enjoyable event thank you!
Pre-event information was excellent, including a last-minute update on the weather conditions, advice on footwear etc., and the check-in and bag drop were really easy. Great facilities at the YMCA (café, water fountain, plenty of places to sit and wait). As always at this sort of thing, a few more portaloos might have been helpful. The only real problem was the first turn around: one small cadet mumbling "blues turn around now" wasn't particularly clear amongst the general scramble at the drinks table. Many thanks to the YMCA staff and (eventually) the event paramedic who patched me up at the end, as well as to the race director for coming over personally to check that I was ok. I would definitely consider entering again.
Nice pleasant event
Very friendly event
On the positive side, this is a great very friendly event - the young marshals were all brilliant! It was nice to have squash at the water stations as well as water and tailwind. The route was very nice (windy at times but that's beyond your control!) andI absolutely love the wooden medal!
The one negative for me was the lack of toilets and this caused me significant issues on the return leg. I had made myself a map of toilets on the route from looking on https://www.toiletmap.org.uk/ but the problem is that many "public" toilets theses days are board up - e.g. the one at the top of Petersham Meadow was boarded up. There were toilets at The Ship but unfortunatley my upset stomach really kicked in at 17 miles, just after I had passed it on the way back. This made for a fairly challenging and miserable last part of the marathon, sadly. Although you had mentioned "Richmond/Kew Bridge/Barnes pubs" as a possible toilet stops, it might be an idea to agree with some particularl pub owners in advance that the runners could use their toilets en route and let the runners know where these are, so we could be confident about accessing their premises to use their facilities.
Very scenic route, I loved it!
One observation is that for slower runners that finish later between 5/5:45 hours, the finish line is much quieter so would help if the music and support continues until the cut off time
Beautiful london run with a bad ending
Having to pass the finish line to complete a final loop was a bit soul destroying at the end. It wasnt that clear that you had to run passed with people stopping at the 'finish line' drink station thinking it was the end. Wrong. Completing that loop at the start would be so much better.
Great event for my first marathon
Scenic and shaded half marathon !!
Excellent, well organised race.
Very scenic and enjoyable
david ross always presents a well organised marathon
no complaints I would have no hesitation in entering it again.
I have run it a few times now.
Low key, friendly, could do better on facilities
We were lucky to arrive early, but later arrivals had a huge queue for race numbers. Start was a bit congested (narrow start funnel). Changing/shower facilities were limited (and non-existent for women that we could find). However, the event was well organised, communication was good, if a little close to race day, and there was a real feeling that this was someone's 'baby'. Would do it again; positive experience.
Wonderful route down the Thames
This is a great event. Despite dodging pedestrians, dogs and cyclists on the Thames Path, its a beautiful route with wonderful scenery. The route makes you run back the way you’ve came, which sounds bad, but is fine and doesn’t feel boring at all. It was only at the half way point where you turn straight back things got a little confusing. Then running past the finish line towards the end is both joyous and a killer! But I loved it. Simple race done well. Would definitely consider returning for more events by the same organiser.
My favourite and most friendly race's on my running calander
Great half marathon run along the Thames towpath
Unless you are at the front at the start, the towpath is congested to begin with - we stopped a walked a couple of times which affected my split for the first 2km's. Other than that, good run. thanks
Fantastic race. Flat. Great PB
Amazing 1st marathon
I couldn’t at all hear the face briefing. It didn’t matter as the race instructions in the emails said it all
Flat, pretty trail run.
Aid stations well looked after by local army cadets. Last two mile double back a bit cruel. Good day out.
Very well organized
Relatively low key but well-organised. Friendly marshalls at all aid stations
I know most people run with GPS watches these days, but maybe consider putting up one or two distance markers (10k/30k), for me they always make for a welcome progress marker to keep you going.
No mile markers - I realise there were two events but there are ways to differentiate between the two in signs. Not enough water stations. Toilet paper ran out in the portaloos. The FAQ mentions showers but not that they are communal. Therefore, given all that, it was not value for money and not a race that I would do again.
Loved it. My first marathon. Travelled from Cornwall ....well worth it. Thanks to all the organisers and helpers
For the half marathon the turning point at Kingston 20km should be at the beginning of the race Not the end. It’s a bit downbeat running past the finish at the end.
What a lovely and friendly Thames-side run!
Thanks for all the excellent organization.
Excellent except... Where are the results??
Brilliant event again David. One question... No full set of results on hermes or eventrac Web pages and can't see past results which us a bit of a confusing as 100 marathon need evidence for those of us hopefully heading towards that goal?
Great for beginners, flat and fast for the competitors and a real pleasure for all. Many thanks.
Great event that I run most years
Excellent as usual
Great location, well organised fast course
Runners need to not run in clusters as people need to pass and it makes it awkward for the general public who also have every right to be out enjoying this beautiful Thameside path
Fast, flat and friendly
A fun day out
Running back past the finish line was a tough ask (changed since the last time I ran the event) but I understand the reason for the change. Some water at the end (separate from aid station on the course) would have helped as I felt we were getting in the way. On the whole very friendly and well managed, thanks.
Great event, thoroughly enjoyable
A good well run event with great aid station spreads!
Only sour point was having to go look for own bag in tent as attendant was too busy on phone.
A fun way to spend a Saturday.
It would be nice if the final loop around the park could be removed. Can the turn around point be extended a little further or could we cross a bridge and run along the other side of the river for a while?
Excellent as always!
small but well organised, very nice flat route along the river good for beginners who don't need a lot of cheering on
Lovely run along the river
Better PA system required at the start
Leafy run along the river
Shared, narrow paths made for some negotiated access but was rarely a problem. Flat track, well supported
Great event! Well organised, easy to park, flat and scenic.
A superb thameside running experience - great atmosphere
I like the Hawker Aircraft medal - great link to local history!
why not reward the category winners with a bottle of wine....
Just a good value well organised event along the river on paths much more attractive, especially in their Autumn glory colours and than you might imagined for a run in so close to the heart of the city, Really enjoyed it.
Love this run apart from finish
We ,as a running club enjoy a weekend away to the Thames! I love the scenery, and the flat route, but..... I lose the will to live over the finish. Please, please ,please can we either go over a bridge and back or somewhere else if we can't run down to Putney Bridge! If we could add that small mileage on somewhere else , at the far end , it would be great. Need to address this as this puts me off running this great marathon . Thank you.
Awesome as a first half or marathon!
Instead of Kew Gardens car park as a turn point for the half it would be better to carry on up the river, and turn later to avoid the Canbury garden loop at the end!
Loved running the route
Good friendly event
Lovely race, route, atmosphere, eating stations etc etc
Always enjoy running this race, thank you guys!
A running event hosted by runners for runners
A well organised and flat half marathon - very enjoyable.
Need more water to be available at the water stations.
Nice, low-key jaunt along the Thames.
I've done the race four times now. It's not a fast race for me even though it's flat - it's usually either muddy (last November and this Spring) or hot (August). Yesterday had the best conditions I've experienced here but as it came right at the end of a very heavy racing schedule, I ran slower than my other Autumn halves because I was, frankly, tired. Still a course PB though.
I don't really mind the lack of mile markers as I have a Garmin. My dislikes are a) you have to get water yourself rather than getting it handed to you (yesterday I managed to grab an empty cup and had to go back for a full one, so wasted some time) and b) that awful bit at the end where you go past the finish and then have to run through that park for what seems an eternity. The regatta didn't really help as there was a lot of dodging involved, but that wasn't your fault. I also find it quite a lonely race in places as I ended up running alone for quite a while after mile 9. I find it easier to keep up a good pace when I have other runners to follow and overtake.
I liked that results were available from the computer after, and I also like being able to wait indoors and grab a coffee. Very civilised. The availability of changing rooms was also welcome.
Loved everything about this race
Super run and friendly!
Great flat race, beautiful scenery!
Friendly organisers and great for all abilities and goals
Great run which would appeal to runners (i.e. people who run regularly and probably are part of a club) but maybe not people who don't run much and enter an event per year to raise money for charity like the Hackney Half which is full of people cheering and music blasting etc. Suitable for all levels and really friendly and helpful marshals. Lovely scenery. The last mile of the half was brutal just because it was so congested and there was traffic and loads of cyclists at one point. Will definitely recommend to running friends of all abilities. Really enjoyed the fact that the path was varied. Great range of fuel also.
Lovely running crowd who made the whole run a lot easier - well done Dave and Mel and supporters
Nice touch at the end might be a free coffee or tea to warm us up perhaps ?
enjoyed the event and this is a good memory with my personal best
Great event and organization!
Shame music is not allowed but I understand the rules are rules :-)