Marathon Prep, Dorney Lake: 24 Mile
Bring out your best marathon in 2021 by preparing thoroughly for your big race day. Our Marathon Prep offers the perfect race day rehearsal and long run training in one event, with options for 16, 20 or 24 mile distances..
Scheduled 4 weeks before the Virgin Money London Marathon and conveniently before other major marathon events, both in the UK and internationally, we'll provide the ideal conditions to practice your pacing, fuelling and endurance amongst hundreds of other runners to help you head into your marathon feeling prepared and confident.
Set at the spectacular, flat and smooth-surfaced Dorney Lake near Windsor, the course takes you around the perimeter of the water.
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 15-30 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.
What to expect at events that go ahead:
Small and scheduled staggered/rolling wave starts
Contact-free registration with race pack by mail.
Simplified bag drop measures where available
Covid-secure water stations although self-sufficiency is advised Safe pick-up for medals and snacks
Bookable time windows from getting there to going home to control capacity.
Marathon Prep medal
Replenishing food and drink
Dorney Lake, Eton College Rowing Centre, off Court Lane, Dorney, Windsor, Berkshire. SL4 6QP.
Directions: Please visit the venue website for further information on getting to the race.
Parking: Parking is free for The Race Organiser Marathon Prep participants.
Entry on the Day: Subject to £2 surcharge (cash only, subject to availability).
Age Requirements: Participants must be aged 18 or over on the day of the race.
Registration: From 8:00am to 9:15am.
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.
Licensing: This race will be licensed with UK Athletics and the results submitted to Run Britain within a week of the race.
Further event details will be communicated via email (to the address provided during registration) during the week leading up to the race.
The course consists of 6 flat and smooth laps on tarmac path around the perimeter of the lake and is 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.
Fuel and water stations will be placed every 2 miles.
Pacers, mile markers and chip-timed results will make it as easy as possible to get your pacing right, so that you can focus on your run and practice refuelling and rehydrating during a race.
Subject to availability, we expect pacers to be running at least the first 20 miles, clearly marked with target marathon times between 2h45m and 5h30m.
Not sure on which distance you should run? Don't worry, all three of 16, 20 or 24 miles have the same entry fee and you can change your mind at any time. Prior to Sunday 21 March, you can drop us an email but otherwise just tell us at the event - before the race at registration or, if you change your mind mid-race and decide to run one or two laps more/fewer than planned, as soon as you finish.
Take this opportunity to rehearse your:
- race day nutrition
- race preparation and travel
- running in a busy race situation with a marked out course that is new to you
- running in all of your marathon race kit
- race rehydration and refuelling
- recovery and strengthening
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