Grand Union Canal Half Marathon: Autumn - Sunday 1 November 2020

13.10 M
Race Date:
Sun, 1 November 2020 - 10:00 am
Closing Date:
Thu, 29 October 2020 - 11:59 pm
Current Price:
£23.00 UK Athletics members
£0.00 Gold Club members

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Grand Union Canal Half Marathon

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 Piccaddilly 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 peak trail running times of April and November, to make the best of the changing natural landscape. You’ll pass by houseboats to make you think of giving up dry land residing, pubs and country manors to inspire future trips and nature reserves that’ll make you wonder how you can only be 30 minutes from central London.

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

Coach Service - Optional Extra Booking

With the usual Purple Patch Running top-notch service, you’d be wise to book early and use their coach service – allowing you to register and leave a car at the finish, then be taken right to the start line. To allow us to manage capacity, places on coaches must be booked well in advance and are not available on the day.

If you’re using public transport, just drop your bag at the start and it’ll be taken to the finish ready for you to pick up and head straight off for a glorious Sunday pub reward.

On entering this event you should receive a booking confirmation email within 10 minutes. If you fail to do so, please check your spam/junk folder. Further event details will be communicated by email (to the address provided during registration) in the week leading up to the race.

This is the second of our two Grand Union Canal races in 2020, the first taking place on Sunday 5 April 2020. Whilst we welcome runners who only wish to participate in a single race, please note that discounted entry for both races is available here (prior to the first race in the series only).

Race Details

When: Sunday 1 November 2020 at 10:00. To avoid congestion, runners will be released in waves several minutes apart. Your wave will be communicated to you in the week leading up to the race.


START: Cowley Recreation Ground, Uxbridge. UB8 2JW.

FINISH: Cassiobury Park, Watford. WD18 7HY.

Pricing: £25 Unaffiliated, £23 Affiliated, £0 Gold Members.

Entry on the Day: Subject to a £3 surcharge (cash only, subject to availability).

Series Pricing (for both Spring/Autumn races): £45 Unaffiliated, £41 Affiliated, £0 Gold Members.

Age Requirements: Participants must be aged 17 or over on the day of the race.

Registration: From 08:30 to 09:45.

Race Numbers: For collection at registration on the day only, numbers will not be posted. To be fastened to the front of your top using safety pins provided at registration, your number should be visible at all times. Your timing chip is attached to the back of your number and should not be removed.

Timing: Chip-timed.

Route: A multi-terrain route using mainly canal towpaths. Suitable for runners of all abilities.  Please always be vigilant of other runners, spectators, dogs, cyclists and other users of public footpaths and rights of way.

Coach Transport: Since this is a point-to-point race, you may choose to park at the finish in Cassiobury, Watford and take the coach provided to the start BEFORE the race only (pre-registration required, there will be no availability on the day). On finishing the race your car will be available for collection. The coach transfer is available to book here, or during the order process (please ensure you select the correct date), but must be booked by Sunday 25 October 2020.

Spectators: This event enjoys lovely start and finish areas for spectators. Follow the Grand Union Canal between Cowley and Watford and you will encounter road crossings where you can catch runners as they pass. It's also possible to drive to one or more points along the course and still arrive at the finish in time for the first runners.

Licensing: This race will be registered with the Association of Running Clubs (ARC).

Pacers: Pacers will not be offered at this race.


Bag Drop: Whilst we recommend bringing as little as possible, you can leave your belongings with us while you race using the tear-off baggage strip on your race number, collecting after you finish by presenting your race number. Bags will be transferred from the start to the finish on your behalf.

Toilets: There will be temporary toilets at both the start and the finish but no toilets will be available along the route.

Race Marshals: Marshals will be present on the course throughout the race.

Distance Markers: The route will be clearly indicated with arrows, tape and distance markers.

Water Stations: There will be water stations on the route at regular intervals at which water will be provided in recyclable plastic cups.

Goody Bag: All runners will receive snacks/water on finishing the race.

Refreshments: Refreshments will be available at the finish in The Cha Café.

Changing/Showers: There will be no changing or shower facilities at this race.

Lost Property: 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.

Photography: Race photography will be available, a link to which will be provided in the post-race communication.


Results: Results will be uploaded live to our website (internet connection permitting) and, where possible, timing print-outs will be available at the race. In all cases, results will be communicated to all pre-registered participants within 24 hours of the event.

Medals: All finishers will receive a medal on completing the race.

Prizes: Prizes will be awarded to the top three runners overall and the top runner in each of the veteran categories (V40/V50/V60/V70) for both males and females. Where possible, we will endeavour to present individual race prizes as soon as confirmed on the day.


T-shirts are available for purchase during the order process and, subject to availability, at the race for £8 (cash only). Please note that pre-purchased T-shirts must be collected at this race and will not be available for collection at any other events.

Getting to the Race

Directions (START): Please visit here for further information on getting to the race start.

Parking (START): Parking will not be available at Cowley Recreation Ground but is expected to be located at Galliford Try, Cowley Business Park, Uxbridge. UB8 2AL. Please click here for further information.

Directions (FINISH): Please visit here for further information on getting to the race finish.

Parking (START): Parking will be available at Cassiobury Park, please visit here for further information.

Further Information

Buggies/Pushchairs: This race is not suitable for runners with buggies/pushchairs.

Wheelchair Users: This race is not suitable for wheelchair users.

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

Event Time-Limit: Whilst there is no strict time-limit for this race, in order that we adhere to the restrictions imposed by the venue hire agreement, it may be necessary for us to begin deconstruction of the finish area after approximately 3 hours to facilitate the removal of all equipment from the premises by the agreed time.

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Organiser Details

The Race Organiser
The Race Organiser website
Contact Details
: info@theraceorganiser.com
: 02076847185

Race Info

Grand Union Canal Half Marathon
Race Date
01 Nov 20 - 10:00
Entries Close
117 days


Standard Price
£25.00 (No processing fee)
UK Athletics Price
£23.00 (No processing fee)
Gold Club Price
£0.00 (No processing fee)