The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) ofﬁcially recognises the Hermes Running marathons which include
the Thames Meander, Bewl Water and North Downs events as pre-qualiﬁers for the epic Comrades Ultra (South Africa) hosted annually
and here is the link for the respective qualifying times.
Reasons to run on some great trails at Hermes races?
I organise a number of scenic trail events in within the Surrey and Kent countryside.
The team are a friendly bunch and everyone is welcome,all the races are suitable for novice runners and the more experienced veteran runners!
Some of the many reasons you will want to come to one of my events include:
I have a professionally trained team of medical support staff that are in attendance at every one of my organised events, the medics are managed by David Monck from The Response Group (TRG) as our runners’ health and safety is the most important aspect of my race organisation and I take pride in providing the very best support to all our runners.
The chip timing is accurately done by professional David Kitcher from Swift Timing who does a superb job of maintaining and uploading all our runners’ times on the day and post-race onto our website, the added advantage is that the race bibs contain the embedded race chip RFID timing tags which makes the process seamless for our runners.
The race numbers are all colour coded with blue for the half marathon and red for the marathon enabling all runners taking part and marshals alike to clearly distinguish which race distance the competitors are participating in.
I have a first class team of sports massage therapists at all my events, this team is professionally managed by Louise Simpson, owner of Soul Body Health to ensure that runners have access to an excellent sports massage post-race.
I award winner’s trophies to the top three male / female runners for each race distance at each of my respective races.
Course signage is a combination of bespoke fixed Hermes Running signage and yellow coloured ribbons which demarcate the course to ensure that it is clearly marked throughout and enable runners to merely run their race and enjoy the scenery.
The DJ from Dance-Sing is always the Thames Meander race series entertaining the runners in the lead up to the race start with an eclectic mix of different genre, and just before the race is underway I normally have the “Chariots of Fire” theme track to motivate runners.
The overall race atmosphere is also enhanced with tasty food on all the checkpoints and scenic trail course settings, making it a very memorable experience.
The Hermes Running medals are all fully bespoke and customised to add enhanced value to our runners race achievements.