Marathon Training Runs 2019

From All at GVH we’d like to thank everyone who joined any of our marathon training runs last year. We hope you enjoyed the runs, the cake and the hospitality from all of our members. We are a small club with a big heart and we have enjoyed seeing all of your smiling faces out en route.

Your Entry fees enabled us to make a sizeable donation to our chosen local charity for the year, the Hospice of St Francis.  Details on our chosen charity for 2019 will be announced soon.



This year we will continue to issue wristbands instead of the ribbons to show you are taking part in our event.

This allows us quicker access to your emergency contact details as well as making us aware of any medical issues in the (unlikely) event of an incident.

When you hand in your Entry Form and money you will be given a numbered wristband. Please ensure you add your name, emergency contact details and any medical issues to the wristband before you run.

The Entry Form will be numbered to match your wristband.


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 2019 GVH London Marathon Training Runs
(full details also in Runners World magazine):


Sunday 27th January 2019

12 Miles

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

9.30am main start

£5 cash only on the day
Runners World feedback


Sunday 24th February 2019

17 Miles

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

9.30am main start

£5 cash only on the day
Runners World feedback


Sunday 24th March 2019

20 Miles

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

9.30am main start

£10 cash only on the day

Please remember that the clocks go forward by 1 hour the night before!

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 £4.40 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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