Thames Meander Marathon

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You only need to let your focus slip for 10 minutes and that can be your race plan ruined. I start mentally repeating my mantra, “Smooth running. Feeling confident.” I try to forget about the actual finish and in the words of Dory, “Just keep going.”

When I pass the race start/finish for the final out-and-back, I’m still not 100% sure I’m on track. However, once I hit the final turn at 3:07 I know I can relax at last. I smile through that last mile and cross the line in 3:16:32.

It was a long day out without an iPod, and unlike ultrarunning the pace was too high to get in conversation with other competitors, but I’d still recommend this race. Flat and scenic, it’s a beautiful place to spend a few hours running!

BY THE NUMBERS

2:36:46 Edward Catmur’s course record

25/08/2011 The first ever Thames Meander Marathon

8:55:33 The record for the “triple” (March, August and November marathons)

740 The highest number of runners in November 2014

The number of Thames meanders Jonathan Radcliffe (Herne Hill Harriers has run)

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