Marathon Training Runs 2016

** Important Notice for our 20M run on Sunday 20th March **

For our last training run we have had to make some small changes to the route because of a clash with two other events on the same day.

There is a Circus adjacent to the Clubhouse which means we will divert the start across the Moor in the opposite direction to normal. There is also a big Rugby event affecting the last mile so we will bring you back onto the canal towpath earlier than normal and the last 2 miles will be back along the towpath. We will of course have marshals in place to guide you as usual and the jelly baby stop will be re-located this time but please just bear this in mind if you have run our event before and are used to the usual route. The route this time will be 20.2 Miles but the cake will taste even better after that extra 0.2 :)

As a result of these 2 other events Parking will be more of a challenge than usual so can we please urge you to respect our neighbours as always and park at Hemel Hempstead rail station if possible. You may also wish to consider travelling by public transport.

If you do drive and are intending to park nearby, please avoid parking on the grass verges or illegally across private property or driveways.

Thank You for your co-operation and we very much look forward to another great event and giving you great support on your way round the course. And of course the tea/coffee and cakes will be waiting for you as always!


Open to ALL runners

At the end of January, February and March we hold our well renowned Marathon training runs, which are open to ALL runners whether you are a member of an affiliated running Club or not.

The course is mainly along quiet country roads through the stunning Ashridge Forest with a small section on the towpath of the Grand Union canal. The routes are fully marshaled with water stops and our much-loved jelly baby stop!

At the end there will be well-earned tea, coffee, juice and cake waiting for you!




Dates for the 2016 GVH London Marathon Training Runs
(full details also in Runners World magazine):


Sunday 31st January 2016

12 Miles
9.30am start
Runners World feedback


Sunday 28th February 2016

17 Miles
9.30am start
Runners World feedback


Sunday 20th March 2016

20 Miles
9.30am start
Runners World feedback


We operate a slightly staggered start to try and alleviate the problem of congestion getting onto the canal towpath, so please line up at the start according to your estimated pace and do take your own timings as this is a training run and not an officially timed race.

Cost is once again fixed at just £5. Please download this REGISTRATION FORM and bring it with you on the day. There is NO pre-registration.

Please arrive in good time to register and get ready to run. You may leave bags in the Clubhouse, it will be supervised but anything left is at your own risk. These runs are always popular and it gets busy in the clubhouse in the 30 minutes leading up to the start!



There is not a huge amount of parking in Boxmoor village or around the clubhouse so we would strongly recommend using the Hemel Hempstead Rail Station Car Park (10 minutes walk away) or consider travelling by public transport.

We also ask you to please respect both St John’s Church (adjacent in Heath Lane) and the local residents by parking legally and not on the grass verges if you do drive.

Hemel Hempstead Station Car Park costs £4.20 to park on a Sunday and the machines take cash or cards.


Post-Run re-fuelling

After a long run if the cake wasn’t enough to put back those lost calories why not pop across the road to our local pub The Steamcoach who do a fantastic Sunday lunch.


DIRECTIONS from the Hemel Hempstead Rail Station Car Park to the Clubhouse

MAP of how our training run routes fit together

LOCATION of the Clubhouse

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