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Roding Valley Half Marathon

1 race scheduled · Sun 25th Feb 2018 · Woodford
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About this event

The Roding Valley Half Marathon is a popular event. Now in its 36th Year, it is particularly popular as a warm-up even for the London Marathon. Post-race feedback over the years has praised the organisation and the friendliness and encouragement of the marshals, making it an excellent choice for first timers, while also attracting back many regulars year after year. All finishers will receive a medal and goodie bag, and the race is chip timed..

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Half Marathon
12:00am Sun 25th Feb 2018

Run 13.1mi

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4.3
30 reviews
Philip S
Star
4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Definitely a race which really challenges the strength in your legs. I am a fairly beginner run and with a lot of hills I found it fairly challenging. Other than that a very well run event.… read more
Robin T
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
A great warm up for my Marathon later on in the year. Some challenging moments and good to get the knees used to a full road run… read more
Bella M
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Not the most entertaining of half marathons but still a very well run event and lots of great extra's came with it… read more
Frequently asked questions
Ultimately, you have to be responsible for your own safety as you would be on a training run.  It is impossible to marshal every little side road, but we do have the major crossing points covered and plan to have even more marshals in 2018.  St John’s Ambulance will be in attendance around the course and at the finish in the event of any problems.In accordance with UKA Licence requirements, all our numbers will have a form printed on reverse onto which you should record any medical information.  Please ensure you leave enough time to complete this information and if it is particularly relevant to your condition we strongly advise you to collect your number in advance and to ensure it is filled in before travelling to the race.Prizes and resultsPrizes will be presented in the clubhouse and the results will be instantly available on-line.   You can also email the Race Director at [email protected] but if you need a printed copy please bring a stamped addressed envelope along to the clubhouse.… read more
Route description
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Location and Course

The location and course are shown on the map on the website. Changing facilities are available at The Ashton Playing Fields and refreshments will be available in the Woodford Green/Essex Ladies Clubhouse within the Ashton complex.  Directions for road and public transport are available via the website.

The course starts at 9am and finishes at the Ashton playing fields and comprises one small lap of about 1 mile, followed by two longer laps of about 6 miles each.  Water will be provided at the drinks stations around the 4, 7 and 10 mile points.  Drinks will be available at the finish.

Our “inclusive” policy

Over the years we have welcomed runners of all abilities, including some very slow runners, some blind runners and a wheelchair competitor.  We suggest that you confirm that you are happy that the course is suitable for you before entering the race.  Although we don’t have a set time limit, if you feel you may take longer than 3 hours to complete the course, please contact us and we may ask you to consider starting earlier.

Philip S
Star
4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Definitely a race which really challenges the strength in your legs. I am a fairly beginner run and with a lot of hills I found it fairly challenging. Other than that a very well run event.
Robin T
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
A great warm up for my Marathon later on in the year. Some challenging moments and good to get the knees used to a full road run
Bella M
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Not the most entertaining of half marathons but still a very well run event and lots of great extra's came with it
Sarah M
Star
4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Definitely get there in good time so you can park close to the start line. Lovely run and well organised.
Jacob S
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4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
The atmosphere was great. Only wish the roads were closed off but other than can't fault it. Will have another crack.
Leigh
Star
3.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2016
Have done this mulptiple times and entered again for 2019. It's a local half marathon, very well organised. Not closed roads, but the marsahlls do a bvery good job of keeping runners safe
Sam
Star
3.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2016
Solid road half marathon - not the most glamorous of courses but it's fine. Great for a training race and very reasonably priced
Alexander
Star
4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
It's a great race, this my 2nd time around doing the rvhm. The hills are tough on the 2nd time around, so its good to be prepared. Friendly atmosphere and friendly racers
Chris
Star
4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Enjoyed this race, although it was -1 degrees. Great to start and finish on the track felt like an epic finish by me and the route was a good route. Lots of support and plenty of water to go round. My only complaint is the bag at the end was a bit crap for 25 to enter a race on a route I run for free.
Vicky
Star
3.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
I have completed this race a couple of times before so I knew it was hilly/undulating - I'd forgotten just how much though! Likes: well organised, starts and finishes on a track, baggage inside, refreshments inexpensive, easy to collect pack on day, easy to find, easy to park, friendly, encouraging marshals, nice early start, doesn't interfere too much with the rest of the day. Plenty of prizes for first finishers, age category winners and team places. Very inexpensive.Dislikes: not enough marshals on the course where there are lots of road openings as this is run on pavements (not closed roads) with lots of side-roads and traffic does not always stop. Hill on the first small loop was a bit of a shock! Tends to clash with local XC races.Your question below asks if I'll do it again - I won't because I no longer in the area (I'm now in Wiltshire, miles away!).
Jack
Star
4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Hill runs in your training wouldn't go a miss. T-shirt and technical jumper worked for February morning.
Sneaky
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Great course, perfect for Marathon training with a few small inclines to practice pacing.Really enjoyed it and will do it again.
James
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Immensely enjoyed the whole experience, be prepared for the hills!
Stanley
Star
4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
It's a great course with lots of hills. There are marshalls at key points around the circuit and water stations to grab water. There are good pockets of local support along the route too!
Katie
Star
4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Very hilly course but brilliant timing and training for the London marathon!! Nice and tight knit to
Bob
Star
4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Good tough course and well marshalled. Take a pair of scisssors to trim your shoe tag!
Ed
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3.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
This was my first Half Marathon - however in all honesty it wasn't great for me. There was a lot of up and downhill parts which brought on an IT Band injury which I am trying to get sorted in time for the London Marathon. In all honesty, had I known there was such a significant amount of up and down parts I definitely wouldn't have entered. I understand this is supposed to be a tough route but me and 2 other friends who ran with me picked up injuries. We all believe it was down to this. I strongly suggest you make this very clear in future on your website so people can make their own mind up about this. I just feel concerned that I won't make the marathon down the injury.
Andy
Star
4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Great race. I returned to this race after several years. Its a fast and pleasent course
simon
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Brilliantly organised-lovely locals-coming back next year- some long hills- so perhaps I should train next time :)
Rabea
Star
3.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Quite a challenging and hilly route. Great for a first time marathon.Cant really have spectators as the route doesnt allow this.
Mick
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
No All good
Andy
Star
4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Plenty of parking when I arrived at about 8am, kept out of the cold in the clubhouse. No toilets on the course that I was aware of. Water only at aid stations so bring your own energy gels.
Marcus
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Really enjoyed it.Very well organised.
Over
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4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
I love this race. Lots of hills to test you and very satisfying when it all goes to plan. I've done this for the last eight years as a stepping stone to the London Marathon and look forward to doing it again next year.
Chris
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Good event. Cold but nothing could be done about that. Well organised, well marshalled.
Andrew
Star
4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Tough conditions for my 3rd time doing this race, but glad to get around again.
Hannah
Star
4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
I love this race its so well organised and the volunteers are across every age spectrum. My favourites were the family outside their house (I assume) who had a table of squash and jelly babies and were such a sight to see and the ladies taking the chips off shoes. Its great to see good club runners even when you are not. Everyone is welcome. I love it. Its my second time.
Scott
Star
4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Race well organised and a great event. Good to have a half marathon locally.
edmund
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Affordable, not too many runners, easy to get there by public transport.
Neil
Star
4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2017
As it's down the road from my house I have done this race a number of times. It's certainly undulating and one of the more challenging half marathons around London. Good fun and super local.
4.3
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Logistics and schedule

Chip timing and numbers

Runners will be issued with an electronic tag which they attach to their shoe.  Due to the logistics and risk of loss, these can’t be sent out in advance, so runners will need to collect their tag (and race number) on the day.  We have a very efficient collection system and you shouldn’t need to wait more than a few minutes.  However, if you are local you may wish to collect your chip and number in advance and we will have these available at the Woodford Green clubhouse between 6pm and 9pm on the Tuesday (20th February) prior to the race.  The clubhouse is at the Ashton Playing Fields. You can ask a friend to collect your number for you, but please make sure you don’t mix them up and ideally send them a text/email which they can then show us as your authorisation.

If you do need to collect on the day please allow plenty of time (doors open at 7:00am for the 9am start). There will be a series of tables to collect your number and chip and these will be arranged ALPHABETICALLY based on your SURNAME.

After the finish, an official will remove the tag from your shoe BEFORE you proceed to collect your medal and goodie bag. One benefit of the chip timing is that your result is available the instant you cross the finish line.  You can access the race website via your Smartphone to get your result.

We will also have a couple of laptops in out clubhouse to enable you to check results.

Please ensure numbers are pinned prominently on the front of your race vest/shirt/top.

Baggage drop

There will be a manned baggage drop facility in the clubhouse.  All baggage is left at your risk.

How to get there

46 West Grove, Woodford, Woodford Green IG8 7NR, UK

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Parking

Although there is a fair amount of parking at the Ashton Playing Fields, the WILL get full, probably by around 8 to 8:15am. After this time marshals at the gate will direct you to park outside in one of the many residential side roads. Please therefore allow plenty of time to arrive an park.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
why not try and enjoy the atmosphere of the race and the supporters instead?
Ultimately, you have to be responsible for your own safety as you would be on a training run.  It is impossible to marshal every little side road, but we do have the major crossing points covered and plan to have even more marshals in 2018.  St John’s Ambulance will be in attendance around the course and at the finish in the event of any problems.In accordance with UKA Licence requirements, all our numbers will have a form printed on reverse onto which you should record any medical information.  Please ensure you leave enough time to complete this information and if it is particularly relevant to your condition we strongly advise you to collect your number in advance and to ensure it is filled in before travelling to the race.Prizes and resultsPrizes will be presented in the clubhouse and the results will be instantly available on-line.   You can also email the Race Director at [email protected] but if you need a printed copy please bring a stamped addressed envelope along to the clubhouse.
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