Thames Meander

So flat the elevation ends up in minus figures, this out and back half marathon is a surprisingly off road affair following footpaths and trails along the iconic banks of the capitals River Thames.

Sally Trotman took on the course with her daughter Charlotte.

“It’s my home town. I’ve always wanted to run the tow path but didn’t run when I lived there”

Starting at the Hawker Centre in Kingston, the course literally takes the Thames Path from Canbury Gardens on the East Bank through Ham Lands. Hugging the river bank the runners continue past Eel Pie Island, Petersham, the Old Deer Park at Richmond before entering Kew Gardens and making the turn opposite Olivers Island.

“It was a bit cold and wet!” Sally tells me ” It was funny though! Charlotte thought it was really muddy haha! She clearly hasn’t done a GHM run!”

“It was very picturesque taking in Kew, Chiswick and Richmond. Very well organised and a fab massive medal”

Sally and Charlotte laughed and chatted their way around, throughly enjoying the experience in 2.12.14