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Vanguard Way Marathon and Half Marathon

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Event summary

We will run part of the Vanguard Way Route – The whole national trail is 66 miles from East Croydon to Newhaven on the South Coast – it is an exceptionally varied and beautiful course for both walkers and runners. An out 13.1 mile and back 13.1mile route following the undulating route. You will see the most amazing scenery along the way.

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We provide runners with the ability to run marathons in beautiful and safe surroundings supported by enthusiastic volunteers who ensure all runners receive much needed encouragement as they navigate the ups and downs of the various courses. We welcome runners of all abilities.

We are extremely excited with our NEW half marathon in Richmond Park, which will appeal to all runners who are either training for London Marathon, or just simply want to take part in a well-organised event.

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Our races are geared to getting people to have a fantastic challenging and enjoyable running experience finished off with a brilliant medal and goody bag most big races would be proud of. It is because we both runners we aim to provide runners with a special goody bag at all our races - these will have race spec tee shirts, mugs, pens and magazines - plus additional food and snacks at the end of all the races

Marathon
Sun 1st Aug 2021

Run 26.2mi

Half Marathon
Sun 1st Aug 2021

Run 13.1mi

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What people think
3.3
3 reviews
FCRC Paul
Star
5.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
Superb course. Lots of extra arrows and directional signs this year.<br />The water stations are about 6 miles apart, and it was a very warm day. <br />T-shirt is quality… read more
Graeme H
Star
4.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
Fab course, probably 2nd hardest marathon to date( 76th today) got lost a couple of times, but hey ho… read more
Elsa. S
Star
1.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
Not enough Marshalls throughout the course. Only water station at 6 miles on a humid day like today it needed more. No marshalling on the way back. Really lonely course if you are on your own. If you were to get hurt nobody would know where you are. We nearly tripped a few times from the loose stones, tree roots. Huge overgrown section where we were stung by bramble, stinging nettles. The section leading to mile 6 which by the way is the only mile sign, is so narrow and uneven ground that all the half marathon runners that were making their way back again, we had to keep stop and wait for them to go past. Signalling and marking were very poor we took the wrong turn a few times. Was not impressed with the course, marshalling or organisation of this event… read more
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Route description
Route description

A steep descent from the Downs leads on to the North Downs Way National Trail and the Pilgrims' Way, crossing the Greenwich Meridian, where the Vanguards have provided a commemorative plaque. Nearby is Titsey Place, an 18th century manor house that can be visited at certain times. Quickly crossing the M25 on a footbridge, a further ascent leads into the wooded slopes of the Greensand Ridge. Once on the edge of Limpsfield, we turn around to admire the view from the other way - its truly breathtaking scenery.

FCRC Paul
Star
5.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
Superb course. Lots of extra arrows and directional signs this year.<br />The water stations are about 6 miles apart, and it was a very warm day. <br />T-shirt is quality
Graeme H
Star
4.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
Fab course, probably 2nd hardest marathon to date( 76th today) got lost a couple of times, but hey ho
Elsa. S
Star
1.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
Not enough Marshalls throughout the course. Only water station at 6 miles on a humid day like today it needed more. No marshalling on the way back. Really lonely course if you are on your own. If you were to get hurt nobody would know where you are. We nearly tripped a few times from the loose stones, tree roots. Huge overgrown section where we were stung by bramble, stinging nettles. The section leading to mile 6 which by the way is the only mile sign, is so narrow and uneven ground that all the half marathon runners that were making their way back again, we had to keep stop and wait for them to go past. Signalling and marking were very poor we took the wrong turn a few times. Was not impressed with the course, marshalling or organisation of this event
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Logistics and schedule

Half Marathon + Full Marathon -

Race Date
04 Aug 19

Race Start Time
09:30

Spectators

We would encourage friends and families to congregate at Lloyd Park HQ to watch the finishers come in, and witness the presentation of medals and tee shirts to all of the finishers. The whole Lloyd Park is accessible so we will let you roam free to explore all the amazing sights of Croydon and beyond.

Volunteers

If you do have any questions about the event or would like to get in touch with the race organiser then please follow the link below -

https://www.1m2go.co.uk/contact/

How to get there

Lloyd Park Outdoor Gym, Lloyd Park Car Park, Croydon CR0 5BT, UK

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Finding The Event -

Coombe Rd,
Croydon
CR0 5RA,
United Kingdom

Car Parking
There is free car parking at Lloyd Park – but you may only be allowed to park for 3-4 hours – so unless you are Paula Radcliffe or Dave Ross (sorry Dave, you’re a sub 3 !!) please can you use the vast spaces of Melville Ave, Ballater Road, Castlemaine Ave and Croham Park Ave. See the google map link to where these roads are , just across from the race entrance

Public Transport
This is simple for you train lovers – get to East Croydon train station , then get on a tram for 3 stops and get off at Lloyd Park (takes 5 mins)- Destination will say New Addington – Route 3 .

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Marathon
Sun 1st Aug 2021
Half Marathon
Sun 1st Aug 2021
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