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Grand Union Canal Half Marathon – November

Run 13.1mi

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Stunning scenery

Friendly atmosphere

Incredible crowds

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A Lovely point-to-point race from Cowley Recreation Ground, Uxbridge along the Grand Union Canal to Cassiobury Park, Watford.

A flat, scenic, unusual, multi-terrain course. Traffic-free apart from one minor road crossing.

Review summary

4.6
12 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

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Johil J
"Great event, enthusiastic and supportive marshals and incredibly well..."

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Donal H
"What a beautiful run and lovely marshals and support. Puddles aplenty to avoid..."

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Chris M
"Clear instructions to get to the start. Scenic route, was quite tough with a..."
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How to enter the Grand Union Canal Half Marathon – November

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    Booked recentlyBooked 4 times this week
    £23–£25
    Booked recentlyBooked 4 times this week
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Grand Union Canal Half Marathon – November route

Route

A multi-terrain route using mainly canal towpaths. Suitable for runners of all abilities. Please always be vigilant of other runners, spectators, dogs, cyclists and other users of public footpaths and rights of way.

Race Marshals

Marshals will be present on the course throughout the race.

Distance Markers

The route will be clearly indicated with arrows, tape and Km markers where necessary.

Event Details

Overview

What’s Included

Results and Prizes

Results will be uploaded live to our website and, where possible/practical, timing print-outs will be available at the race. In all cases, results will be communicated to all pre-registered participants within 24 hours of the event.

All finishers will receive a medal and a goody bag on completing the race.

Facilities

Bag Drop: Whilst we recommend bringing as little as possible, you can leave your belongings with us while you race using the tear-off baggage strip on your race number, collecting after you finish by presenting your race number.

Race Numbers: For collection at registration on the day only, numbers will not be posted. To be fastened to the front of your top using safety pins provided at registration, your number should be visible at all times. Your timing chip is attached to the back of your number and should not be removed.

Toilets: There are free toilets in The Last Drop for use throughout the event.

Changing/Showers: Whilst there are no dedicated changing rooms or showers, you will be able to use the nearby London Aquatics Centre shower facilities for a small fee of £2 when showing your race number on entry.

Refreshments: Refreshments will be available in The Last Drop throughout the event.

Water Stations: There will be water stations on the route at the finish, passed on each lap, at which water will be provided in recyclable plastic cups.

Raceday Logistics

Registration

From 08:30 to 09:45.

Race Numbers

For collection at registration on the day only, numbers will not be posted.

Timing

Chip-timed

Kit List

For safety reasons, it is suggested that you run without music so you can stay alert and aware of your surroundings and other runners. This way you can also soak up the energy and atmosphere and unplug!

For racing we recommend you wear your normal running kit and trainers and don't forget to keep an eye on the weather in case you require any waterproofs.

Spectators

All spectators welcome

Volunteers

No volunteers required

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the race suitable for wheelchair users?
This race is suitable for wheelchair users. You may be asked to start at the front of the field 5-10 minutes before the scheduled start time and be vigilant of other runners overtaking during the race.
Can I bring a buggy/pushchair?
This race is not suitable for runners with buggies/pushchairs.
Is there a minimum age requirement to take part?
Marathon, 24 miles, 20 miles, 16 miles - 18 years; Half Marathon, 10 miles - 17 years; 10K, 5 miles, 7K - 15 years; 5K - years.
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Grand Union Canal Half Marathon – November weather forecast

Drizzle throughout the day.

9°C
Predicted highs
2°C
Predicted lows
IconHigh chance of rain
IconLight breeze possible, up to 6mph

Grand Union Canal Half Marathon – November reviews (12)

4.6 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

Reasons people recommend this event

Stunning scenery

Friendly atmosphere

Incredible crowds

  • E

    Ed L

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    This was a cracking run along the canal. I'll definitely be doing it again next year. Loved the autumnal trees/colours/barges with their wood burners - would do this route even if it wasn't as the event. Marshals were fantastic and organisation was excellent. Parked at the finish and got a warm coach to the start. Would recommend highly.
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    Leah A

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    A well organised race and such a nice course. It's a great race to get a good time in as it is so flat. Perfect for your first 1/2 marathon. If it has been raining previously wear trail shoes! It gets super muddy.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    This is a point to point run along the canal from Uxbridge to Watford. I paid extra for the coach from Watford, the organisation was superb, With more of the same and a nice atmosphere on arrival at Uxbridge. The run along the canal at this time of year was beautiful, and the rare sun kept us warm for most of the route. I’ve already signed up for their Spring run!
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Despite my initial concerns about the narrow path and overcrowding, it was reasonably easy to move to overtake if needed (or be overtaken in my case!), which was made possible as groups of runners were set off in waves, there were around 450 people running.

    The course itself was beautiful running alongside the canal, although we had lovely Autumnal weather, due to heavy rain the day before the path had plenty of puddles so had to do lots of zig-zagging and jumping. One highlight I saw was a massive heron swooping in the opposite direction. A couple of words of warning: You do need to be considerate of walkers as you don’t have exclusive use of the path, and the race finishes on an uphill, just what you want at an end of 13.1 miles running!

  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Clear instructions to get to the start. Scenic route, was quite tough with a lot of mud. Some difficulties in overtaking as some paths were quite narrow, especially with pedestrians using the route too.
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    Catherine G

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Enjoyed every minute!! Great communication, organisation and very beautiful running along the canal :)
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    A spectacular route up the canal in beautiful weather after a respectfully observed minutes silence.All the marshalls were incredibly friendly and regular water points were great.I wore road flats but trail shoes might have been better on some of the muddier parts.Thank you for a top Sunday morning run!
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    Although we had clear weather for the run, it had rained a lot in the days previously, and so the towpath was muddy in places with large puddles pretty much everywhere. It was definitely still safe, but that made it a harder run than I was anticipating. Although it is mostly flat, there are steep short slopes around locks and bridges which are also sapping (particularly because you don't always get a downhill to go with the up). The finish is after a long climb as well.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    What a beautiful run and lovely marshals and support. Puddles aplenty to avoid but that was part of the fun.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    Great event, enthusiastic and supportive marshals and incredibly well organised. The route is incredibly flat except the last km which was pretty torturous for a first time running a half marathon, but I guess it gave me something to talk about on the way home. We were unfortunate to have a down pour the evening before so half the run was dodging puddles and at times running through sludge but this can't be held against the organisers, it was just bad luck.Only very slight issue I had was finding the parking for the event. The car park was quite a distance from the start line (not really an issue) and from the direction we approached along the long road given by the post code it wasn't until the turning when any sign for parking was visible.