Marathon Training Runs

From all at GVH we’d like to thank everyone who joined any of our marathon training runs in 2019. 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.


We would love your feedback on the events so we can continue to improve them year on year – and also to let the marshals know what a great job they do! Please for please can you take 2 minutes to complete this quick feedback form

About the Marathon Training Runs

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):

Sunday 27th January 2019 (12 Miles)

Sunday 24th February 2019 (17 Miles)

Sunday 24th March 2019 (20 Miles

Start times, registration and entry fee

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. The main start is at 9.30am, but we allow for 12min per mile + runners to start at 9:00am

Please download this REGISTRATION FORM and bring it with you on the day. There is NO pre-registration.

The 12 and 17 mile events cost £5 to run and the 20 mile event is £10 – cash on the day.

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.


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


Charity donation

Your Entry fees enable us to make a sizeable donation to our chosen local charity each year – in 2019 it is the Hertfordshire Mind Network.

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