What time do people set out on race day?

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27/03/2008 at 21:44

Hi, more help required please.

I am staying in the Travelodge Docklands, I think East India DLR is the nearest station. What is the best way to get there?

I have had a look at the journey planner and seems to involve trains and buses and looks a bit complicated.... Appreciate any advice

28/03/2008 at 09:12
According to hotel website it is only 200 metres from the DLR stop!!!
28/03/2008 at 17:39
Sorry I was not very clear. I wanted some advice getting from East India DLR to Marathon Start at Blackheath. It probably is really obvious...
29/03/2008 at 00:20

According to map you get the DLR at East India, then change at Poplar for DLR stop at Greenwich.  It is about 1.5 miles to Blackheath, but I am sure there will be a lot of company on the way!!  There might be a slightly shorter route, but panic not, the journey will not be as complicated as it seems, and once you are actually at the hotel I am sure you will be able to get plenty of advice re travel.  Good luck.

29/03/2008 at 09:49
Thank you for your advice and good luck to you too
29/03/2008 at 16:01


 I'm staying at Travel Inn at Becton at the end of the DLR - normally get the DLR aroun 7.15, up to Poplar, get off and get DLR back to Blackheath along with hundreds of others.

Then , depening on your start , depends which station you get off at - but its crystal clear in terms of signposts, marshalls etc...

Just leave plenty of time, better there early than late eh ?

Enjoy ...

29/03/2008 at 20:59

Vicky, i've stayed twice at the docklands travelodge.Like BBB says get off early enough & there's no problem. There's plenty of runners leaving from the hotel so there's little chance of getting the wrong train, It's about a mile walk to the start though, so it is worth starting out early. Good choice of hotel.

All the best . 

30/03/2008 at 13:26

Thanks for everyones advice looks like it should be fairly straightforward.

Can anyone suggest anywhere to eat the night before? I have had a look for somewhere that sells pasta but could not really find anywhere nearish. Canary Wharf had a few places but did not look like they opened on Saturday.I have the added problem that my friend wants to watch the West Brom game at 5.20...

30/03/2008 at 13:44
Vicky, there's a restaurant in the hotel that serves food in the evening. You can also have a Pizza delivered to your room. What i did last year was to pop over to the expo ( it's only a few stops on the DLR) & have the pasta party. which is good value for a fiver.
30/03/2008 at 14:14
Remember though that the Expo closes at 5p.m. which might be a bit early.   
31/03/2008 at 11:36
Check the TFL site in advance for any engineering works, if there is work due on the Tube lines they tend to schedule it at the weekends.

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