Thames Meander Half Marathon

Week 10 of training for my first marathon and it’s time for the next big milestone: my first race. I’ve never run in a race setting before, and I’m on my own during the race. Thankfully I did have my girlfriend and my parents come along to cheer me on and calm my nerves before the start.

I chose the Thames Meander Half Marathon – the course starts in Kingston and follows the River Thames downstream to Kew Gardens where you turn around and run all the way back!

The organisation of the start was good, there were no issues with bag drop or bib collection. There was a long queue for the toilets before the race, but that seems pretty standard at these things. There was good spacing of water points and good communication via email in the week leading up to the race. Not a huge crowd of spectators along the route, but the locals who were out certainly cheer you on. I’d highly recommend it for someone who is looking for a scenic, flat trail run in London – I’ll definitely be signing up again next year!

Having had some trouble with my knee over the last two weeks I was really not sure how the race would go, so I’m very happy with the outcome!

The marathon is only 8 weeks away!