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.
THAMES MEANDER HALF MARATHON IS FULL (NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY) THAMES MEANDER MARATHON ADVANCED ENTRIES CLOSED (ENTRIES ON THE DAY ONLY)
Reasons to run on some great trails at Hermes races?
We organise a number of scenic trail events in Surrey and within the Kent countryside. We’re a friendly bunch and welcome everyone, our 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 our events include:
We have a professionally trained team of medical support staff that are in attendance at every one of our organised events, the medics are managed by David Monck from The Response Group (TRG) as our runners heath and safety is the most important aspect of our race organisation and we take pride in providing the very best support to 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 to 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.
Our race numbers are all colour coded with red for the marathon runners and blue for the half marathon enabling runners taking part and marshals alike to clearly distinguish which event competitors are participating in.
We have a first class team of sports massage therapists at our events, this team is professionally managed by Louise Simpson, owner of Therapy 4 Fitness to ensure that runners have access to first class sports massage post race.
We award winner’s trophies to the top three male / female runners for each race distance at each of our respective races.
Course signage is a combination of bespoke fixed signage and coloured ribbons which demarcate the course to ensure that they are clearly marked throughout enabling runners to merely run their race and enjoy the scenery.
Our experienced Scottish piper at our Thames Meander race series entertains our runners by piping in the lead up to the race start, then just before the race starts we normally have the “Chariots of Fire” theme to further inspire our runners.
The overall race atmosphere is also enhanced with tasty food on all the checkpoints and scenic trail course settings, making it a memorable experience.
The race medals are all fully bespoke and customised to add enhanced value to our runners the achievements.
Our race bibs are all colour coded with blue for the half marathon red for the marathon and green for the ultra marathon runners enabling competitors and marshals alike to clearly distinguish which event runners are participating in.