If I've read the mag correctly, the first train from Charing Cross to Blackheath (blue start) is at 6:54 with the start at 9:45am. Also, is this a tube train or a commuter train? Just says get the train at Charing Cross and notthing about going to the tube station or the mainline station.
I was planning on leaving my hotel (Leicestr Square area) at 6am and walking the few minutes over to Charing Cross. Is this too early?
Working this out, seems I would have around two hours after arriving at the runner area which doesn't seem that bad to me. Don't want to leave it a bit later and find 20-30,000 people are all trying to board the same train.
You need the mainline station.
This will be my 5th FLM usually aim to be at the the start between eight and eight thirty.
Any longer it gets a bit boring and you dont want to be their too early if its raining, there isnt much shelter.
Hope this helps.
Am I right in assuming that there will be multiple trains then? Just a matter of getting on one by the usual shoving people out of the way you get on the Underground!?
Is there nothing going on at the start area then like music, displays or anything?
Even if it is raining, I'll have my waterproof bin bag with me and there's up to 4 hours of getting soaked still to come if it rains during the race anyway! Can only get so wet.......
It's a regular overground train. You shouldn't have any problem getting on as they start at Charing Cross. They do get crowded and some people couldn't get on at later stops last year.
I personally wouldn't want to be there more than an hour, and that's plenty - just in case of delays. You don't need to do much warm up and you don't want to get too cold, or too hot.
6am seems way too early and I'd spend more time sleeping or just relaxing in the hotel. You might want to tune into 5Live, to see if they are reporting any transport problems.
Am not sure where Southwark holiday inn is but if it is near southwark tube station you can get tube to London Bridge and then get the overground train to the start, tmes in mag.
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Southwark tube is also the same entrance as Waterloo East station - from where you can get the overland trains to either Blackheath or Greenwich - not much point getting tube to London Bridge?
From the Southwark Holiday Inn you are pretty much between Charing X and Waterloo East stations though - and heading to Charing X might give you the best chance of getting on without too much hassle? Head along the southbank and then cross over the footbridge near the festival hall - probably signposted - about 15 mins walk in total?
I'll probably leave home about 4am and I'm not even running
I'm coming up from Southampton the day before and staying in Chiswick Any ideas on a best time and route for me to leave in the morning seeind as I'm t/other side of London...
for southwark holiday inn, as Gladrags mentioned you can enter Waterloo East station from Southwark underground station entrace. On race day, there are trains from Waterloo East to Blackheath. You can follow the crowd! Or you could walk or take the underground to Charing Cross or London Bridge. The most of the trains start at Charing Cross, it may be easier to get into.
From Chiswick, take the underground to Charing Cross or London Bridge, and take the overground trains to start. I don't think it will take more than 30 to 45 min to reach the overground stations from chiswick.
Thanx for the replies folks, got info from that journey planner which was great and combined with the info on here, that should be plenty
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