Vanguard Way Marathon

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09/07/2013 at 14:14

Having survived the Croydon 30 on Sunday I have taken a deep breath and entered the VGWM! Gareth, I am trusting you that the directions will be clearer than clear ...! Cheers

09/07/2013 at 22:00
This might help as a taster
09/07/2013 at 22:16
Just cut and paste link into browser and you will get a flavour of what to expect, I'll email all runners maps,written directions, map my run, plus the course will be marked with tape and some sprays
14/07/2013 at 17:43

Thanks Gareth really love the taster video. Looks awesome apart from the bulls!!!


15/07/2013 at 19:12
Thanks glad you liked the link, was a lot of fun running and snapping and then compiling the short film !!
25/07/2013 at 21:14

hi gareth any entries left forthis lovely sounding race.

18/05/2014 at 14:55

Scared! Have i made a mistake entering this? Was hoping a run/ walk/walk aproach would be ok.. ? Have only run two marathons in past and not much time to fit in much training, but love the thought of a day out in the country trails!


19/05/2014 at 12:30

Not a mistake at all - it's a fantastic race! There were a few run-walking last year as it was hot and hillier than you might first think for inside the M25, so you won't be alone in taking that approach. Gareth's email has said there will be some more course markings and route description this year which should make life a bit easier as there was a bit of confusion last time around (thinking of the front runners bombing off in the wrong direction about a quarter of a mile in!). Submitting my entry later today...


20/05/2014 at 08:46

Thank you for reply and words of encouragement 33riggins. I'll try and keep my nerves and fear in control!! your words give me a little more confidence to just give it a go. It would be a massive shift out of my comfort zone, but sounds like a great run and and an incredible challenge.

07/07/2014 at 12:41

Am also considering this after doing the Croydon Ultra yesterday. Who would have thought Croydon could be so hilly and countryfied !! 


15/07/2014 at 22:01

Just cut and paste link into browser and you will get a flavour of what to expect, I'll email all runners maps,written directions, map my run, plus the course will be marked with tape and some sprays
29/07/2014 at 12:15

Hi Gaz - has the email for this gone out yet? Very much looking forward to it and hoping the weather stays cooler as forecast, anything over 25 degrees starts to get a bit uncomfortable for me.

9.30 start in Lloyd Park I'm assuming?

29/07/2014 at 17:22
Yes it will, send me an email to and I'll forward you the final runners instructions so you have everything . Temp should be ok this coming Sunday , and last years rutted section before chelsham common has been fully patched up and looked superb and feels brilliant to run along ( thank you to me and Surrey CC works for actually doing the work , if you ran last year you will see what I mean after 5 miles or so .. )
29/07/2014 at 17:28

Emailed you...

Trying to remember the section but it's not coming back to me. I think by the 21 mile mark last time I wouldn't have noticed if I'd been running on a soft covering of duck down and rose petals I was that knackered. But well done anyway on looking after the paths, will keep an eye out.

29/07/2014 at 17:31
Ok excellent, I ran it last weekend and it was really nice and scenic. Say hello on Sunday , all the best
04/08/2014 at 09:40

Thanks to all the marshals and yourself for yesterday Gaz, that was great fun again. Improved on my last year's time by 40 minutes to 4:49 and had a lot of fun hammering the downhills and then being overtaken by everyone I'd just gone past whilst I was recovering on the flats. A couple of wrong turns as you'd expect, but overall course markings better than last year. I'm feeling alright today, bit of a sore ankle from a few trips on those awkward rutted fields before the M25, but everything else feels alright. Also, thought the relayed paths section was great, thanks to all involved in that. 

See you again in 2015?

29/10/2014 at 14:27

I've been following this thread since I first started running in July, and although I was in no way near fit enough to tackle it this year, I'm hoping that it returns in 2015 as it sounds like a great challenge.

29/10/2014 at 14:54
Yes it's on. I am building a website.
Merv nutburn has done a rewrite of the route directions so it's easier to follow out and back. I hope to enlist some of the wonderful friendly marshals who helped out in 2014 . It's scheduled for aug 2nd 2015 same start place , lloyd park
Thanks !!

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