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Vanguard Way Marathon & Half Marathon

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Route description
Route description

The route follows part of the Vanguard Way Route, a 66 mile trail from East Croydon to Newhaven on the South Coast. This event will see runners travelling a 13.1 mile out-and-back route along this stunning, and varied course.

Starting on the outskirts of Greater London the route passes through Surrey, Kent, and Sussex. Less than half an hour into the run you'll reach woodland and open countryside as you pass through historic houses at Coombe, through Selsdon Wood Nature Reserve, and the beautiful church of St Mary the Virgin at Farleigh.

With a tough, but achievable, climb to reach the highest point of the route at 853ft, the views will reward you as you head back down from the North Downs onto the North Downs Way National Trail and the Pilgrims' Way.

From here you'll see the Vanguard's commemorative plaque as you cross the Greenwich Meridian, and head into the wooded area of Greensand Ridge. Rounding out the 13.1 miles you'll reach Limpsfield where you'll turn around and enjoy the view all the way back.

Did the Marathon in 2019
Superb course. Lots of extra arrows and directional signs this year.The water stations are about 6 miles apart, and it was a very warm day. T-shirt is quality
Graeme H
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
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

07:30 Changing rooms open

07:45 - 09:15 Registration opens

09:30 Marathon and Half Marathon start

16:30 Cut-off time

Start Waves

Runners will be set off in waves of no more than 10 runners and at 1 minute intervals to ensure everyone remains socially distanced.

Cut-Off Time

All runners must adhere to the strict cut-off time of 7.5 hours-ish. Runners who appear to be falling behind will be asked to stop and return to Race HQ.

Changing Facilities

Men's and women's changing rooms will be open from 7:30am and are situated next to the Pavillion Cafe. The changing rooms will ne locked after runners have set off so please leave valuables in your locked cars or give them to the HQ team at Lloyds Park to keep them safe.

Aid Stations

Aid stations will be situated every 6 miles. If the weather plans to be particularly hot, please bring your own water with you to stay hydrated.


There will be toilets in Lloyds Park but none along the route as it is essentially in the countryside. There will be a pub on route at the 6 & 20 mile marks if you are desperate.


Spectators are encouraged to watch the event at Lloyd Park HQ where they can watch their friends and family cross the finish-line. The whole park is open and accessible to spectators.

How to get there

Coombe Rd, Croydon CR0 5RA, UK

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There is free car parking at Lloyd Park which may only be available for 3-4 hours. Runners are encouraged to use the vast spaces of Melville Ave, Ballater Road, Castlemaine Ave and Croham Park Ave.

By Public Transport

Travelling to the event site is easily done but going to East Croyden train station and then travelling 3 tram stops to Lloyd Park. The destination on the tram will say New Addington – Route 3.

Frequently asked questions
How do I get my race photographs from the Vanguard Way Marathon & Half Marathon?
Race photos will be emailed to all runners after the event.
How do I find my results from the Vanguard Way Marathon & Half Marathon?
Results will be emailed to runners after the event as well as posted onto the VGW Marathon website.
Will the event be COVID-19 secure?
Yes, there will be a number of measures in place including masks and face coverings, hand sanitiser stations, gloves and social distancing.
When will I get my medal from the Vanguard Way Marathon & Half Marathon?
Medals will be posted to participants after the event.
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9:30am Sun 1st Aug 2021
Half Marathon
9:30am Sun 1st Aug 2021
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