Two2go Lea Valley Trail Marathon

Anyone else entered?

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13/04/2010 at 14:39
I have had my eye on this for a couple of years and it seems well organised. Time to do it I guess especially as I run and cycle bits of it daily!
19/04/2010 at 11:30

Hi Orb,

 I have just entered this race. Nice to do a run on a Saturday. I have not run this route before (walked Hertford to Broxbourne). With your local knowledge does the route get busy with other runners / walks etc?

19/04/2010 at 17:39
I will have a look to see exactly where the route goes. I have never had problems but you have to be a bit careful at the bridges as cyclists can be a bit manic!
Edited: 19/04/2010 at 17:41
20/04/2010 at 15:25

Hi guys,

I asked the organiser about the course last year, as I run some of it occassionally Sunday mornings when I am training, and seem to be forever dodging a range of moving obstacles (other runners, prams, bikes, dogs, the elderly, children, ducks etc).

The course is not closed, so there is the possibility of everyone wanting to use the route during this race; I guess the better the weather the more likely people are to want to walk/cycle it on the day.

I did suggest that they put signs up in the weeks leading up to it as a forewarning to anyone to be prepared for runners, as I remember the Hertford 10k last year that I ran through just as they were about to start (due to me not knowing anything about it!)

I didn't end up taking part last year, but I am thinking of it this time around as I want a marathon around this time and a local one would be best. My only thoughts are that it is 25 quid. You can't get lost along the route, and it is open to the public....

20/04/2010 at 22:47
How many races are closed to the public? Only the really big ones - of the races I have done only London has been closed. I think £25 is ok for a race that starts and finishes in different places. Of course I may be wrong but I have run along the canal through Cambden Lock and had less trouble than at the London Marathon!
21/04/2010 at 07:50
No, you're right Orb, it is only the big ones which are closed. I think teh difference is my mind was that other races are more of a route which requires marshalling/signs, whereas as far as I can tell this is just straightdown the towpath (could be wrong). They have to put on drink stations etc, so in the big scheme of things 25 quid isn't a lot to be asking. To be honest it is nice to have something like this locally, so we should support it otherwise it'll vanish and we'll be left worse off.
21/04/2010 at 07:56

Have done every '2Go' race so far.  It's a 'straight down the towpath with some twiddly bits round the country park and the marshes' course.  Yes you'll see walkers, anglers, cyclists etc but tbh it's not an issue.  The field very quickly spreads out so it's not like you've got a bit group of runners trying to negotiate the course at any one point.  Theoretically it's a series of five races leading up to 2012 but they may keep it going.

Oh and you can get lost btw!

21/04/2010 at 08:05

I can always get lost Run home most days from work and managed to get lost in the local woods a couple of days ago - pesky trees keep growing and changing how the route looks!

 I'm tempted to enter now... What the heck, might as well !!

22/04/2010 at 10:43
I am told they were a bit disappointed there were so few locals doing it. I see someone is trying to set up a parkrun in Hackney marshes as well. I hope it comes off.
22/04/2010 at 23:02

Just entered :-}

Yeah £25 for water and to get my bag carried but a Marathon in London  (my home town) that I can actually enter !  A no brainer....?

23/04/2010 at 20:04
i ntered a while ago, but have been injured for a while, desperately hopingto get well enough to run but looking unlikely at the moment. I havent been able to run sine feb, so i have maybe a month to recover or it wont be enough time to train. good luck to you all.
24/04/2010 at 04:47
I wouldn't give up hope vs4b (?). Maybe if you are a speedy runner you might abandon it but if you are a normal regular runner with a few months out through injury then I reckon you would be ok on 8 weeks training. Three weeks gentle build up three intensive weeks and two steady should be ok. Of course it depends on why you have been off and you won't get a pb (probably) but you should be ok.
25/04/2010 at 20:03

Thanks OrB and bsw77. Looks like the route doesn't get too congested (subject to the weather). This will be my 3rd Marathon, but my first where I can travel to the start from home. I will probably venture up to the area to do a training run or two during July and August. Bring it on!

Im hoping if my training goes well to finally break that 4 hour barrier. It must be a relatively flat course.

£25 - As Marathons go this is cheap!

vs4b. Last year I got injured doing a half marathon in June struggled to do anything more than 20 minutes jogging throughout August, but in October did the Abingdon Marathon in a PB. So plenty of time unless, as Orb says, you are a speedy runner.

I plan to start my Marathon training towards the end of May.

Anyone else wanting to share their prepration schedules?

 Best of health to you all.

25/04/2010 at 20:25
OTR. Just need to get back into running for a few weeks as have had colds etc so should know by mid May how things are going. Will let you know then of plan but it does include half marathon in June
25/04/2010 at 21:48


I've done this race three times, and am also looking to crack 4 hours in 2010.   This race is for lovers of flat courses - the only "hills" are on to, and down from bridges over the river or the railway (1st mile only).   The organisation has got better over the years as they have listened to the complaints and suggestions from the first running in particular and any quibbles in 2009 were minor ones.   Like you, I plan to step things up a bit after the Southend Half (13th June), but I am also praying the Summer is not too hot as I know I do not fare well in the heat, and my long runs may suffer if the weather is too good!

25/04/2010 at 22:17
My long runs suffer whatever the weather!!
26/04/2010 at 07:41

I like this one

done em all since the start

26/04/2010 at 19:40
Been there, got the teddy bear and the stuffed dog!
27/04/2010 at 06:34
I like marathons that are a bit different - just did the Crawley track marathon for instance. Can anyone here recommend any other slightly different ones? (the Picnic is on my list)
27/04/2010 at 16:10

Faversham - if you like 40 laps of a park?

In last year's Three-2-Go, I managed to overtake a boat!

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