Our races are geared to getting people to have a fantastic, challenging and enjoyable running experience finished off with a brilliant medal and goody bag most big races would be proud of. It is because we are both runners we aim to provide you with a special goody bag at all our races – these will have race spec tee shirts, mugs, pens and magazines – plus additional food and snacks at the end of all the races.
Yes, you are more than welcome to enter one of our events. From one of the Richmond Park runs or our other 2 events to raise money for your chosen charity. We will also be offering special Charity places to support our race charity Get Kids Going. To find out more please contact us.
Trail shoes ideally… 80% of the course is off road and in late August possibly quite dry. If the weather has been very kind then road shoes would be OK. Additional garments if needed can be discarded/retrieved at the start/finish zone or aid station which you will pass through each lap. As can labelled drinks if you wish to bring your own.
Entry will be online only via the safe Runners World Link http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/events/viewevent.asp?sp=&v=2&EN=86006&ms=. Or – You can enter through the post by sending a universal runners race entry form and a cheque payable to Vanguard Way Marathon for Gbp 35.00 (affiliated) or Gbp 37.00 (not affilated)
Unfortunately we cannot offer any refunds or transfer places to next year. There are a great deal of costs involved in staging an event of this proportion, such as paying for staffing, infrastructure, hydration and medical cover, all of which aren’t recoverable.
No – there will not be chip timing. Time is obviously important to many runners – but also to savour the views and atmosphere of the route is important – in terms of toughness , its similar to the Three Forts, Worthing terrain in parts to give you a flavour of what to expect.
Yes, there will be a baggage storage area for runners. Please attach the label showing your race number securely and visibly to your bag. You will need your running number to collect your bag after the race. More information will be in the race pack.
Yes, we would love to see people in fancy dress out on the course, but do practice in your costume before race day, you may find it hot or uncomfortable to run in. The local Croydon newspaper will be looking for the best fancy dress so you might get your picture in the paper.
All runners will be provided with water before/during/after the race. In addition there will be food and drink concessions at the Pavillion Cafe in Lloyd Park itself. We will also provide fruit and runners energy foods at the drink stations to restock on levels to get you round the 26.2 mile course.
Yes, we invite all runners to bring their friends and families to Lloyd Park Croydon where there will be lots of free parking – in the car park or surrounding nearby quiet roads to meet and greet the runners as the come home to the HQ area.
Yes, we welcome entrants from overseas. Every runner will need to collect their race pack from the HQ / Information Desk on the morning of the race from 8am. The Information Desk will be located outside the pavilion cafe at Lloyd Park, Croydon.
No – The use of wheeled devices like baby joggers, baby strollers, skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles or any other wheeled device are not permitted by entrants. It is also impossible to do so , given the terrain of the route involved