Thames Meander 2008

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17/09/2007 at 20:31
Back for its 9th year is the much-loved Thames Meander. We’re looking forward to seeing lots of old friends and new faces. The TM is a friendly event with lots of support from previous runners, MdS vets and friends. Plus hot soup and a place to sleep at the end (but you’ll need to bring a sleeping bag). Visit the <A href="">Thames Meander website </A> for more details, or book online here at Runner’s World.
17/09/2007 at 20:33

Here's the website again...

Thames Meander website

17/09/2007 at 21:34
I was looking at the website last night funnily enough whilst idly thinking about training runs for GUCR. Think I will enter as it's very local.
19/09/2007 at 09:48
Hi Too Much Water

The TM is very good training for the GUCR and Dick Kearn will be there with help and advice as usual.
Hope to see you there.
Regards, Steve
23/09/2007 at 20:17
Interested in this event just wondering how easy is it to navigate the route ? I am taking part in the MDS the folowing month.
24/09/2007 at 23:06

Hi Steve

The course is very easy to follow as the Thames past is clearly marked in the same way as all long distance footpaths.

The last part is sometimes more difficult but this year we are marking the course in the same way as the Mds (That is with green light sticks). I will only do this for the last section as the path is clear all the way provided you read the map.  The new Thames path map is extremely helpful in highlighting the route but you still need the OS maps as they give you a position for all the checkpoints.

The MDS is a lot harder than people make out and it is a risk listening to someone who has completed it once as the conditions change from year to year. It needs more preparation than people realise and also the preparation needs to be kind. Too many people complete the race but due to the injuries take weeks to recover. You need to do a lot of walking as well as running. I walk around work and try to complete 50 k during work a week as well as a long run a week. Working in the city this isn’t too difficult, but that’s the sort of distance you should be looking at by Christmas.



25/09/2007 at 14:33

Cheers Steve,

Thanks for the info and advice it is appreciated. The problem i have at the moment is knowing whether the training i am doing is enough. I suppose until you're out there you just don't really know !

27/09/2007 at 22:25

Hi Steve

I am putting up atraining schedule for the Thames meander and the MDS,which should be up on the TM web site in the coming week. Many of the events I use for trianing for both events are LDWA events ( Long distance walking association) or TRA (trail running association) events.

They both have a numberof Off road races throughoutthe year which runners are allowed to join in. The sheer effort of running adn walking 50k across a muddy course in the winter over stiles and navigating yourself around the place coping with different weather conditions has been great training for both events.

 Ironically Mud is great training for sand as it tends to sap the calf muscles in much the same way. I have my favorites allof which are fairly gruesome but it is all worthwhile when you return with a medal.



28/09/2007 at 09:13

Hi Steve

Actually looked at the LDWA website yesterday and decided i needed to get involved in some of their sat/sun events. I am running two marathons towards the end of October so once i have them out of the way i shall have a look the training schedule on the TM web site.  Thanks for the advice it is always good to hear any comments that may help

05/10/2007 at 22:47

Am seriously thinking about this event as my introduction to ultras before the MdS in 2009.  Was going to do the La Trans Aq but the cost of it and the MdS together is fairly prohibitive.

Only issue for me is that although I've been running 50 mile weeks my longest run rarely exceeds 16miles.  I would hope that this might increase to 20 miles - is this going to be enough for the Thames Meander?  Never done a marathon for that matter but plenty of Mountain Marathons e.g. OMM etc if you know of them?

Do you have any advice?


11/10/2007 at 22:11

Errrrrmmmmm....... BBH thinks this looks like a nice slow event that she can amble along at own pace so entry sent off.  Also seems to have entered the 30 Mile Moonlight Challenge the week after.......dohhh!!!

Sorry last person on earth to give training tips (BBH ambles behind sofa to hibernate for Winter).

25/10/2007 at 16:57
Cheers Steve - only just looked back at this forum. I put my entry in today anyway

Thanks again, looking forward to it. I have done the first 30 or so miles to Windsor as a training run last winter and didn't get lost.
16/11/2007 at 15:36


Just asked this on another thread, but thought I'd post here as well - could anyone tell me how this event compares to the Thames Path Ultra that's held a month earlier? Seems to start at the same place but end a few miles earlier (50 miles total). Is there anything else (besides month & precise length) to distinguish the two?


16/11/2007 at 21:35
Errrm - isn't it the othjer way round - Meander might finish 'earlier' along Thames - depending on which end you're coming from, but is actually longer than Thames Path Ultra (54.6 as opposed to 50 miles). Also rather more generous in timing as meant to be prep. for MdS. 
16/11/2007 at 22:03
Although of course so is Ambition Events - in case they set Jason X on me for dissing them - but I think they expect a faster pace and are stricter about cut off times.  Thames Meander seems a little more 'relaxed' both regarding pace and equipment list.
17/11/2007 at 08:34

Thanks BBH

Yes, you're right, my post wasn't clear (I meant that the TPU ends earlier & is 50 miles)

I'm not training for MdS - just looking for a 50-miler this winter. But it would be my first time over 50'ish km, so more lenient cut-offs are probably a good thing.

Any idea what the breakdown of MdS vs non-MdS runners there are likely to be? I wouldn't like to be the only one not carrying my own body weight in my rucksack.

17/11/2007 at 08:48
No idea, never done it before and deffo not MdS material, so will be carrying Bear's necessities only!!
14/12/2007 at 09:57


Is this event definitely full now for 2008? Do you have a reserve list?


p.s. I have emailed you directly  

18/12/2007 at 13:44

Sorry All I have been away in sunny and dusty Dubai; nothing but cranes everywhere. Anyway I will try to answer satisfactorily.

Hi Hillwalker

20 is not going to be enough You need to have a couple at 30miles and at least one at 35-40miles. The reason for this is that mentally it won’t be such a huge leap to the 54 miles. With out this mental strengthening the race will be very difficult. I wish you luck.



Hi landrover

 I don’t know how it compares; that’s for other runners to say, but this race is in its 9th year The Thames Path started last year.

With regard to the breakdown of MDS and non MDs runners; There are about 100 runners not running the race. Some are coming to do fast times. The field this year will be the best ever and the quality of the front runners is on another level to previous year’s. I won’t be surprised if all the records are broken. We even have three runners returning battling it out for the marshals choice trophy.



Hi Bear B Hind

You will really enjoy this route and the camaraderie of the event. I will be surprised if you don’t walkaway with a medal and new friends on the day.

It seems to be a meeting place for a lot of the runners who have met up here gone to the desert and returned and a chance to meet up again.

I hope you have a great time and hope the weather is kind it usually is.



Team Hurtmore

We are doing our best to get everyone in. 



18/12/2007 at 20:11
Many thanks for encouragement  Bear has maps and will be getting other necessities soon!!!
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