Over 1,200 runners have signed up for next month’s River Thames Half Marathon, organisers have revealed. This is the first year of the event and is scheduled for Sunday 5 October. Places are still available.
The 13.1 mile course is over a flat, fast and scenic course along roads and Thames towpath around Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. The event is timed as a perfect warm-up for those aiming for a late autumn marathon or those who want the challenge of running a half marathon.
The first six miles are on road, the runners will have a good view of Hampton Court Bridge before transferring onto the picturesque towpath to Weybridge. The final mile is on road when the runners will have a great view of the spectacular, new Walton Bridge, opened in July 2013, where the race finishes. Along the route there are water stations, mile markers and plenty of friendly marshals.
There is ample car parking close to the start, toilets and baggage facilities. All finishers will receive a bespoke medal and goody bag. The main charity is Princess Alice Hospice in Esher and £3000 has been raised already for the cause. To enter, visit the event website.