Vanguard Way Half Marathon

Race Date: Sunday, 05/08/2018
Race Distance: Half Marathon

Hilly out-and-back half starting from Lloyd Park and using part of the Vanguard Way long-distance walking route. The Vanguard Way itself is 66 miles from East Croydon Station to Newhaven via the Cuckmere Haven. Organised by the 100 Marathon Club, the marathon – run at the same time – has been going for some years, but the half is a new addition. While the half is undulating with the odd hill, the bigger beasts lie beyond the half turn-around point to add an extra challenge for the marathon runners. To put the terrain into perspective, the half winning time was 1:53:05 and the marathon 3:49:47. Excellent atmosphere and an interesting bunch of runners, with 45 finishers for the half and 65 for the marathon. I’ve now run the half and the marathon, as well as walking the entire route, and can thoroughly recommend all three – if you like that sort of thing!