Grand Union Canal Half Marathon

Next Race: 14/11/2021

Cowley Recreation Ground, High Street, Cowley, UXBRIDGE. UB8 2DZ

Get away from the road races of London and enjoy the clean air and scenic surroundings of the Grand Union Canal. 

 

The classic point-to-point race begins in Uxbridge (a short hop down from the Piccadilly and Metropolitan Line station) and follows the iconic, historical waterside all the way up to Watford (for Metropolitan, Overground and National Rail services).

 

This race is offered twice per year, in the peak trail-running months of April and November, to make the best of the changing natural landscape. You’ll pass by houseboats, pubs and country manors to inspire future trips and nature reserves that’ll make you wonder how you’re only 30 minutes from central London. 

 

With a strict runner limit and a waved start - to ensure plenty of room on the narrower sections of towpath - you’ll have room to enjoy the adventure of the trails whilst amongst great company at all paces.

 

A pre-race coach transfer is available from the finish (Cassiobury Park, Watford) to the start (Cowley Recreation Ground, Uxbridge) for anyone looking to park their car at the finish before they run and collect it later after completing the event.

 

Further information with respect to the logistics and times of these transfers will be communicated to those who pre-register closer to the event but places must be pre-booked, on the day requests will not be available. There are no transport options provided after the event.

 

 

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Further details will be communicated by email in the week leading up to this event.

 

Entry on the Day will not be available at this event.

 

This event will not be Licensed.

 

Event Schedule

 

Enquiries: 7:00.
Start Times: Between 
8:00 - 11:00. Allocated with respect to distance and/or estimated finish time (prioritising longer distances/quicker times) and communicated prior to the event by email and/or SMS, these times may be subject to change.
Finish: 
14:30.

 

COVID-19 Mitigation

 

NHS Test and Trace will be in operation at this event. Participants will be required to complete a health declaration prior to arrival and to check-in where possible using the NHS COVID-19 app (available to download in advance for iOS or Android). Any information obtained will be held for 21 days after the event only and will not be used for any other purpose. Participants may not be permitted on site if they fail to follow this process, the full requirements for which will be communicated to all pre-registered participants in the week prior to the event.

 

One-way navigation and social distancing signage will be present on site to facilitate adherence to official guidance. Queue markers must be observed at all times and sanitisation stations used as frequently as necessary.

 

Unless there have been any changes following communication of the final pre-event information, there will be no event briefing on the day. Participants should read the communication thoroughly to familiarise themselves with the event details.

 

Participants will start individually at 10-15 second intervals to maintain social distancing with a recommended 15-minute arrival window allocated and communicated prior to the event. Participants from the same household/bubble will be permitted to start together and should arrive/start at the later of any times communicated to these participants prior to the event. Whilst running, participants should only overtake when there is enough room (at least 1m) to do so.

 

Once finished, participants should continue moving and follow signage and steward directions to keep the area clear for other finishers. Any post-event rewards (medal, water etc.) will be self-service (following hand-sanitisation) to ensure there is no contact amongst staff and participants.

 

Participants are asked to review the UKA Participant Code of Conduct prior to their arrival.

 

Event Details

 

The Route is fairly flat, primarily on the canal tow path with some grass and park footpaths.

 

Bib Numbers will only be available for collection at the event, participants should not expect to receive anything by mail.

To be fastened to the front of your top using safety pins provided, your number should be visible at all times. Your timing chip is attached to the back of your number and should not be removed.

 

Results will be uploaded live to our website (internet connection permitting) and communicated to all pre-registered participants within 24 hours of the event.

 

All finishers will receive a Medal on completing the event and, subject to a competitive field of participants, Prizes will be awarded to the top three places overall, and the top place in each of the veteran categories (V40/V50/V60/V70) for both females and males. Winners will be notified via email by the end of the following week.

 

Marshals will be present on the course throughout the event.

 

Course Markings, including arrows, tape and distance markers, will be visible on the course where necessary.

 

Pacers will not be offered at this event.

 

Facilities

 

Photography will be provided at this event, a link to which will be communicated to all pre-registered participants within 24 hours of the event.

 

Suitable Medical Cover will be provided at the event in case of a medical emergency. Participants must provide, during registration, details of any pre-existing medical conditions, disabilities, medication or allergies that may be relevant in the administration of any medical assistance. Participants should also provide the same information on the reverse of their bib number (where applicable) prior to starting the event, marking a large, red X (or other contrasting colour, using the pens provided) to the front of their number to alert the medical provider to any such information.

 

Bag Drop will be available. Whilst we recommend bringing as little as possible, you can leave essential belongings with us while you run using the tear-off baggage strip on your bib number. You can then present your bib number after the event to retrieve your item(s). All items left prior to the event will be transported for later collection at the finish.

 

Water Stations will be available on this course.

 

Portable Toilets and sanitisation stations will be available around the Start/Finish area for use throughout the event. Toilets will not be available on the route.

 

Refreshments are expected be available throughout the event at the park café.

 

There are no dedicated Changing Rooms/Showers at this event.

 

Lost Property from an event will be kept for one month. If unclaimed, or ownership cannot be determined, lost property items will be donated to charity.

 

Other Information

 

These events are not suitable for Buggies, Pushchairs, Strollers or similar due to the nature of the terrain.

 

As part of our ongoing COVID response, to ensure the opportunities for social distancing are maximised throughout our events, Spectators are discouraged at this event.

 

Participants must not be accompanied by a personally owned or controlled Dog during the event. Entries may be accepted from participants with medical assistance dogs, subject to them being correctly registered and identifiable as such, and subject to prior approval by the Event Director.

 

This event is not suitable for Wheelchair Users due to the nature of the terrain.

 

Noise-cancelling Earphones/Headphones are prohibited and whilst we discourage the use of other earphones/headphones at this event for those competing in running events, participants choosing to use them should ensure they are set to a low enough volume that instructions from marshals and/or other event officials can be clearly understood. We reserve the right to disqualify participants who cannot hear instructions as a result of their use.

 

Since this event takes place at a venue open to the public, participants should remain vigilant of each other, spectators, marshals, cyclists, dogs and other users of public footpaths and rights of way at all times.

 

Whilst there is no strict Time-Limit for this event, in order that we adhere to the restrictions imposed by the hire agreement, it may be necessary for us to begin deconstruction of the course and/or start/finish area at approximately 14:30 to facilitate our departure from the premises by the agreed time. Participants will need to be able to complete their event by this time.

 

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Grand Union Canal Half Marathon Nov 2021

  • 14/11/2021, 08:00 - 11:00

    Autumn

    13.1 Miles £0.00 - £30.00

Location

Directions

For details on planning your journey and available parking facilities at the start, please visit https://archive.hillingdon.gov.uk/cowleyrecreationground but note that event parking will only be available at Galliford Try, 2 Cowley Business Park, High Street, Cowley, UXBRIDGE. UB8 2AL.

For details relating to the finish, please visit http://cassioburypark.info/directions-to-cassiobury-park but note that at the Shepherds Road entrance (near to the Cha Café), access is available for pedestrians only.