Marathon Training Runs 2017

Thank you for everyone’s support in our series of 3 marathon training runs this year! We hope you enjoyed the final run of our season as much as the GVH club enjoyed putting on each of the three events. It’s always a sad day when the final of the three is over, and we have to wait until next year, to host you all again.

We had an excellent turnout of runners, despite our price rise, and we thank you for supporting this decision, which really helps us to cover our costs and still give back money to the local community. On that note, we thank young James Dodd for being with us today to start the run!

Our chosen charity this year is the Lily Foundation and James was there to represent this very worthy cause.


We were glad to see that so many of you enjoyed our GVH training run banner too, and took the time to have your photo in front of it!

Wishing you all the best of luck in your upcoming marathons and other runs. Do keep in touch and let us know how you get on!

See you next year,

The #MightyGVH team x


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 marshalled 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!

Whilst we don’t like to set an official “cut-off” time for these runs (they are not official races and are very much catering for first time marathon runners), for the benefit of our marshals out on the course and also due to the time we need to vacate the clubhouse, we do ask that if you expect to be over 15mins per mile pace that you join one of our earlier starting groups. One of our coaches will run with a 12min+ group at 9am for the first 4 miles of the course and we are always happy to set you off even earlier if required. Just email us prior to the day if you would like to run our event but are worried about your finish time.

We also do ask that if you drive and are intending to park nearby, please avoid parking on the grass verges or illegally across private property or driveways for the benefit of our neighbours.




Dates for the 2017 GVH London Marathon Training Runs
(full details also in Runners World magazine):


Sunday 29th January 2017

12 Miles

9:00am start for 12min per mile+  runners

9.30am main start

£5 cash only on the day
Runners World feedback


Sunday 26th February 2017

17 Miles

9:00am start for 12min per mile+  runners

9.30am main start

£5 cash only on the day
Runners World feedback


Sunday 26th March 2017

20 Miles

9:00am start for 12min per mile+  runners

9.30am main start

£10 cash only on the day

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.

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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