A well organised event with good and clear marshals, the route was great. My first half marathon and will definitely be entering next year.
I enjoyed the race - lovely location & liked the early start with no delays. Good support from the marshalls too. Congratulations to all involved.
Hi there.....I just wanted to say a massive thank you for today it was a great event and thanks to all the marshals. Such a great course.
Hi, thanks to the organisers and marshals for Sunday, enjoyed setting my PB on the way to Brighton next month!
Thank you for a well organised and enjoyable race. Everything went really smoothly and the marshals were encouraging and friendly.
Great race, excellent organisation, lovely flat scenic route, supportive race marshalls, nice sweeties in goody bag - recommend the next one later in the year
Thanks - great course !!
Thank you for a well organized race!
Great event. Really enjoyed it. Fab for a PB
Thanks for organising a fab race!
It was well worth the effort of getting up before the crack of dawn - an all round great race
I am just emailing to congratulate you on the Half Marathon yesterday. It was very well run, just like last year. I really enjoyed it.
Thanks for a great morning!
I ran in The River Thames Half Marathon yesterday as part of my marathon preps. Not sure what I had for breakfast but was gobsmacked to run a PB of 1.37.05, coming in as 8th place female and first in my class !! As an oldie...(51) I thought those days were long gone haha. So - onwards and upwards with the marathon then!! By the way - an excellent, well run event along the tow path from Walton on Thames - pretty, flat and fast - can thoroughly recommend it :)
Thanks for putting on a great race, very well organised. Oh, and a fantastic medal!
Thanks to everyone who provided feedback on the inaugural River Thames Half Marathon on 5th October 2014. Where appropriate, we will be incorporating the feedback into the 2015 race. In particular, we have revised the route to take out the section on road which a few runners weren't comfortable running along and replaced it with more towpath which lots of runners said they enjoyed.
Roy Reeder, Race Director
I really enjoyed Sundays run, it was one of the best HM I have run and I will definitely be doing again next year. It was well supported, very well organised and one of the most accurate courses I have done to date
The course- (for me the most important aspect) Amazing, exactly what it said on the tin. Scenic, flat, couldn’t have asked for more. Number of entrants- Fine, you could have probably dealt with a few more. The marshals- clear early signals. All very helpful. The medal- double up as a bottle opener? Brilliant. The first aiders- came to see if I was ok after race- very helpful indeed. Spectators- My mrs said it was the best course as you she got to see me at 4 different points on the course, not including the start!!! Website- Very helpful. Please thank the web designer. Local pubs (You had no control) but the food was immense. Would I do it again??? Yes most definitely. I can’t imagine anyone saying different. A great day out, a perfect location with great potential for a PB. Thanks so much and have already pencilled this race in for next year. I think you’ll get loads more from my running club too.
So well organised ...fantastic course.....well done and thank you
Excellent race, lovely weather, beautiful stretch of river to run along, and a PB - what more could you want! Thanks for organising.
Course was fab (I did a PB :-), the number pick-up worked well and medal was brilliant. Genius to have a bottle opener!
That is the most useful medal ever! Might have to enter next year
Well done on the first one and look forward to completing it again.
A great event.
Many thanks and may I say how much I enjoyed the race and appreciated the very efficient organisation on the day
Thank you so much for organising such a great event, it really was brilliant fun and I'm looking forward to next year already!
I really enjoyed the race, the course was interesting and it all seemed well organised.
Thanks again for an enjoyable race.
Great event! I hope it went well for you, it all seemed to run very smoothly. Full marks for organising enough portaloos, and for the water and banana at the finish.
It was a nice run and thanks to all those who volunteered to help on the day.
I'm so glad that the day was a success. I really enjoyed being part of the support team and met some lovely people along the way. Very glad for the lovely weather, you couldn't have timed it better. The day was topped off with my hubby running a personal best, which he's very chuffed about.
Many thanks for organizing this race. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would be very happy to recommend your race & run it again next year.
The course was fab (I did a PB :-), the number pick-up worked well and the medal was brilliant. Genius to have a bottle opener! I look forward to taking part again next year.
I ran my first Half Marathon last Sunday, what a lovely route(on tow path) with perfect weather. It was a great experience, and I would recommend this run for sure.
I am very appreciative of everyones efforts in organising and marshalling the course and the event.
Roy and his team put on a fantastic event
Many thanks for the race it was very enjoyable some great sights on the course
Good race, well organised, plenty of marshals.
A very enjoyable race! Broke my PB for a half marathon and will be back next year
First half-marathon. Very well organised and after race help was fantastic. Thank you
It was very well organised. Well done on the first one and look forward to completing it again.
Excellent pre-information about the event. Easy pick up of race number which was appreciated. Nice goody bag and designed medal. I got a PB which pleased me! I’ll be running again next year. Overall a great run.
Great day thank you!
My first ever half marathon, great route and excellently managed event. Well done to all those who supported. Definitely first of many.
Lovely flat course. Hopefully back next year
I was very impressed. Easy to enter and pick up racing chip/details on the day. Course was a nice mix of road and towpath with a decent medal and finish bag. Results were published very quickly so that was great and pictures processed fast as well. Great event - 8/10
Great race, nice course, I very much enjoyed the race and thanks to all your marshals.
Congratulations on a fantastic event. The marshals were fantastic and really supportive and the route was very flat and pretty just as promised! The parking was great, there were plenty of toilets. It was easy to collect the race packs and the start / finish was great. I thought you organised a great event. Many thanks and well done.
Thanks for organising such a great race yesterday – I was really chuffed to knock 6 mins off my personal best on such a beautiful course and will definitely be back next year.
I completed the half marathon today with two of my friends. Beautiful course and very well organised.
It was a lovely run, and definitely one of the best HM's I have run. Will book my spot for next year asap!!
A great event and I would definitely do it again. The section along the river was the best!
The History of the Course
The route passes Molesey cricket pitch. This picture is from 1780 — at East Molesey Cricket Club.
The race finishes at Walton Bridge — in Walton-on-Thames.
Hurst Park Race Course, open from 1890 to 1962 — at Hurst Park.
Hurst Meadow (Minor) at about 5.5 miles
First World War Memorial in East Molesey. This is the point the race route transfers from road to towpath. — in East Molesey.
Just after 5 miles, the race passes what used to be Hurst Park Race Course 1890 to 1962. The gates remain today.
The course goes along Hurst Road, hopefully the water won't be quite as deep on race day!
The race finishes at Walton Bridge. This picture shows the first one in 1754.
The race route passes the home of Olympic Silver medalist Sonia O'Sullivan.
Moulsey Hurst at about 7 miles. It is one of England's oldest sporting venues and was used in the 18th and 19th centuries for cricket, prizefighting and other sports.
Ash Island at about 6.5 miles
Sunbury lock at 9 miles
Molesey Boat Club has been on the towpath since 1866. Over the years, several Olympians have trained there.
The towpath at Molesey, early 20th century.
Towpath at 6 miles
Molesey lock at 6 miles
If you look to the right at about half way, you'll be able to see Garrick's Villa and Temple. Photo taken in 1783.
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