Just a quick note to say that yet again you organised a fantastic event. I have been running this half for years now, and they get better every year. Thank you to all the volunteers who where out and about on the course. I am still so pleased you also changed the course route some years ago, as I used to hate running past the finish and having to keep going for a couple more miles. Thanks again
Thank you it was a great day perfect conditions very well marshalled and a PB for me so I was dead chuffed
Great race and well organised... thank you. Thank you for organising a great run yesterday. The communication was excellent and the layout of the race was spot on. It felt really smooth. I will be signing up for next year. Also great charity... I will get the students at my school to raise some money for the charity and add them to our annual list... Thank you to every one involved in organising and for all the marshals who encouraged me round... Playing 80mins of football on Sat afternoon probably not the best prep to aim for a PB under 1:37... had to settle with just under 1:42 Next year I will aim to run a sub 1:30...
What a fantastic race!! Well marshalled and signed, lots of encouragement along the route and the weather you’ve organised was perfect!!! 10 out of 10!!
Meant to say what a great event it was. Met some lovely people. Hope to run it again next year. Many thanks
I really enjoyed the event, as always, and was very impressed by how well organised it was. Many thanks,
Thanks for putting on a great race too, it was my first half and I really enjoyed it.
Thank you for running a great event!
Thanks for a great event yesterday!
My first half marathon and it was something I will never forget. Thanks you so much for all he effort in organising, it has whet my appetite for more!!
Thank you for organising such a great race! Really enjoyed the half on Sunday
Another #FinisherMedal - thanks to all @RiverThamesRun for making the #RiverThamesHalfMarathon such a great run today!
@RiverThamesRun fab race as always
We came all the way from Swansea - we loved it !! Great run !! We will be back.
Great route, lookng forward to next year
Awesome, thanks for putting on such a great race this morning. After having to pull out of a race last weekend through injury, to say I'm over the moon to come away with my second fastest half marathon this morning is a understatement.
Excellent race as ever (my 4th) - and much preferred the new route - see you in March!
Definitely a better route this year. Great race thanks
Great race as usual. Well organised and preferred the new route.
What a lovely event!
Great race - bit blowy on the way back but a lovely day thanks!
Thanks for the day, it’s a great course. I’ll certainly be back next year hopefully.
Great weather, and a well-organised event.
really enjoyed the race & I had other friends running too who also had a great time.
That's amazing - and the goody bag was excellent - much better than most. It was brilliant having two twixes (one for each child ;). They loved getting something! Thank you!
Thanks for putting on a super run!
Loved the race - hope to do it again next year. Thanks for organising.
we all really enjoyed the race, it was a great course and well run. I’m sure a few of us will be back to run it again
I really enjoyed the race, the marshals were great, very supportive. The adjusted rout felt better, nice not to run past the finishing line
It was a great course and I enjoyed the race.
I enjoyed it and thought it was a really good event. Good course, well organised and nice atmosphere.
It is the first time I have run this race & thought it was very well organised with plenty of water stops and marshals.
I wanted to congratulate you on another great event. This has obviously become very successful as the number of runners has increased, and despite this the organisation and logistics were even better than before. The enthusiastic and friendly marshals make a huge difference and this is certainly on my calendar as one of my favourite events.
Thanks for a great race yesterday. A lovely course and a manageable number of runners for the course itself. The marshalling was very good too - I'd like to say a big thank you to the chap marshalling just before mile 10, who really spurred me on! Just a few words of encouragement as well as giving directions can make a real difference. It was a pretty good "goody bag" at the end! Thank you very much
Lovely race, no complaints at all, beautiful scenery and well marshalled. Thanks for a lovely race and PB
Thanks for friendly, enthusiastic organisation of yesterday’s race. Great team effort and great results service afterwards.
Thank you so much for today's event. I managed to finally break the 2 hour mark (beating my PB by 14 minutes)! The marshals were fantastic, resulting in a smooth, safe race. Would definitely recommend the event to friends. Thank you again
Well organised, good pre-race admin, well signed, friendly & efficient marshalls.
I ran the Autumn race and it was very scenic, with leaves starting to turn, rowers on the river and a nice atmosphere. I would have preferred my race number and chip in the post but the queue to pick them up moved quickly and there were sufficient toilets. There were plenty of marshalls, who were efficient and friendly, and pacers for those concerned with getting a PB.
Flat, fast, well organised and good Marshals
Loved the race today so thank you. Lovely course along the Thames path. Friendly marshals. Easy parking and plenty of toilets. All in a good flat run I will definitely do it again. Thanks again to everyone involved.
It was a fantastic event
Thank you for putting on such a brilliant and well organised event yesterday.
Thank you for organising a great event yesterday - it was both mine and my partner first half marathon - Lucy is registered blind and I had to get fit enough to run as her guide - with a sensible number of entrants and a mainly off road course it made the whole event thoroughly enjoyable - we will be back to try to beat our times. Thank you
This was my first half marathon and I stuck like glue to the 2.20 pacer and he was fantastic, I did slow down at mile 11 and lost him but did finish at 2.23 so please pass on my thanks! I have do it again !!
PB for me by over 5mins in my second half marathon - 1:52:15. Thank you for an awesome event #riverthameshalfrules!
Awesome race, new PB for me of 2.04.06 knocking over 3 minutes of my previous PB
New PB for me 1:55:08....it was worth the pain during the last 4 miles! First time of doing this race and loved it - already looking to book your Spring one for a sub 1:55! Brilliant race, great organisation, fab medal and goodie bag, lovely route and fab marshals...thank you for a fun morning!
Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all the organisers, marshals and volunteers. This was my first Thames Half and I absolutely loved it! Great course, great support and superbly organised. Will definitely running this again
I really enjoyed your race and the course.
Can I say how professionally organised the event was yesterday - well done to you and your team!
Thanks for organising a great race, i hope to be back again sometime!
Thanks guys, fantastic race, enjoyed every minute! Great organisation, lovely course and great marshalling
Awesome event, really enjoyed it.
The medal is also a bottle opener. What else could you want from a medal?! Thanks for a great race @RiverThamesRun
#Love a medal that #supports @PAHospice / doubles as bottle opener. Bring on @RiverThamesRun
We were at the @RiverThamesRun Half today! Enjoyed it, despite the early start!!
Great run by everyone in the team. Thanks for the event @RiverThamesRun
@RiverThamesRun done 1:52:25 new PB by 5:35
Great run by everyone in the team. Thanks for the event @RiverThamesRun
Thanks @RiverThamesRun great run, great stewards! I'm convinced the medal has an integrated bottle opener!
Thanks for organising. 12 second PB deffo up for the next one
Thankyou @RiverThamesRun brilliant race and bling
Last big race of year @RiverThamesRun new PB of 1:43:58.
New PB for me too! By 11mins!!!
New PB for me, just over 1 minute knocked off, very happy!
Brilliant race, well organised and fab marshals
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
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)
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.
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
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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