Grand Union Canal Autumn Half Marathon
Lovely point-to-point race from Cowley Recreation Ground, Uxbridge along the Grand Union Canal to Cassiobury Park, Watford. A flat, scenic, unusual, multi-terrain course, traffic-free apart from one minor road crossing near the start.
08:30 to 09:45
Half Marathon£25 BOOK
We’re pleased to confirm that we’re hoping to offer carefully adapted, smaller and simplified events from September onwards.
Following updated guidance from the UK Government and the governing bodies who license our events - UK Athletics and British Triathlon - we’re working on the details to determine which events could safely take place. There’s a quick reference list on what we know so far at the bottom of this page but if you see an event open for entry on our website it means we are planning for that event to take place.
We know how important races and organised runs are to every runner. We understand that for some, the return of events can’t come soon enough. For others, taking part in an event still holds significant concerns.
It’s not going to be quite like it was before. Things will have to be a little different for a while. But the benefits of committing to a goal, running with others and that finish line feeling will be all the greater for the recent challenges we’ve all overcome.
Specific details on each of our events
We’re carefully adapting our event plans – from getting there to going home. We’re thinking through every detail that makes events feel great to work out what the safer alternatives are. Whilst the specific details for individual events are changing, all events will incorporate a range of fundamental changes to ensure a socially-distanced and contact-free event, the details of which are summarised below. Sadly, it is likely that some events will not be possible under these new requirements and in those cases we’ll announce their cancellation and explain why. Each event is different, so where they do go ahead we’ll explain what’s changed and why it’s all in place to keep everyone safe. We’ll also summarise everything you need to know in a final ‘Event Information’ email, sent a few days before your event day. If you have a question before entering, we’re here to help.
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.
Thank you for your support and understanding over these four months. We’ve missed you! That finish line feeling will be worth the wait. #SeeYouOnTheStartLine
All finishers will receive a medal
Prizes for the top three runners overall and the top runner in each of the veteran categories (V40/V50/V60/V70) for both males and females.
Start: Cowley Recreation Ground, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 2EA
Finish: Cassiobury Park, Watford, Hertfordshire WD18 7HY
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 will be available at Cassiobury Park, please visit here for further information.
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.
Buggies/Pushchairs: This race is not suitable for runners with buggies/pushchairs
Wheelchair Users: This race is not suitable for wheelchair users
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.
Entry on the Day: Subject to a £3 surcharge (cash only, subject to availability).
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.
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 during the order process, but must be booked by Sunday 29 March 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.
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.
T Shirts: 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 the race.
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Tow path route
Unadopted route, you will be running over stones of all sizes which could cause issues with your knees.
My husband took me to the start. (I am aware there was a paid for bus which could take you there if booked) My husband then drove 19 miles due to the location and having to join the motorway to the finish.
A negative about this one is, personally I did not like the taste/smell of the canal boats which would be static yet running along the route.
Parking at the end.