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Hi everyone,

We hope you are all looking forward to the Croydon Ultra this Sunday. Its our 4th year of putting on this event and it is steadily growing. As with last year, all funds raised are going to support Parkinson’s UK.

Due to some logistical issues we have had to make the decision to reroute the course. So instead of a figure of eight it’s going to be two laps of the first 15 mile section. This will in no way detract from your enjoyment of a 30 mile Ultra, in fact you get the chance to run the trails of the Vanguard Way twice!!! As it is going to be hot on Sunday you maybe really thankful of the chance to run under cover in the woods.

Weather outlook for Sunday – currently sunny with a chance of rain at 1600 hours. Temperature 17C to 19C

Prizes – not only will all entrants get the ‘Croydon Ultra’ cloth bag. medal and goodies – there are a couple of cloth bags specifically waiting for the first man & first women. These have been signed by some elite ultra runners, namely: – Rory Bosio, Mike Foote and Francesca Canepa. Not only that but we have some ‘The North Face’ products to give away as prizes.

The start will be at Sandilands and takes the Vanguard Way route plus some quiet country roads to The White Bear in Warlingham. (Fairchildes Rd, Warlingham, Surrey CR6 9PH). Then down Featherbed Lane via Spout Hill, Spring Park and back to Sandilands. That’s 15 miles. Another loop gets you to 30 miles. Croydon Ultra Route Description 2014.

You will have the ability to leave bags at the start/finish area as well as any drinks bottles/food for half way way. Labels will be available with dustbin bags.

There will be two starts available – 0800 (for slower runners) and the main start at 0900.

Getting there : Sandilands, Croydon CR0 5DB
Train : The nearest main line train station is East Croydon where the tram also stops. From here it is about a 15 minute walk to Sandilands.

Tram : There is a tram stop at Lloyd Park. From here it is about a 5 – 8 minute walk across Lloyd Park to Sandilands.

Car: Parking – the car park at Sandilands is not huge and will be well used by club members (cricket, hockey, running club etc). So please do not use the car park. There is ample parking on the surrounding streets of Sandilands. The parking is free and it is a very short walk to Sandilands.


0700 to 0900 Sandilands – registration / baggage / drop bags

0800 Early starters start
0900 Main start

White Bear Checkpoint – 7.5 miles
0900 to 1000 Early starters reach White Bear
1000 to 1100 Main start reach White Bear

Sandilands Checkpoint – 15 miles
1000 First of early starters to Sandilands
1100 First of main start to Sandilands

White Bear Checkpoint – 22.5 miles
1200 to 1400 Checkpoint open for early and main start

Sandilands – 30 miles – FINISH
1300 to 1330 First finisher expected at Sandilands

1530 to 1600 Last finisher expected at Sandilands

The checkpoints will be well stocked with water bottles / squash / tortilla chips / flapjacks / cheese / haribos / cake. Please make sure you have a copy of the route description and a mobile phone. We will have spare copies of the route description on the day. The route will be marked out with orange marking paint and red tape where appropriate plus the road sections to Sandilands will be sign posted with great big yellow arrows!!

We are looking forward to seeing you on Sunday for a great days running. We hope everyone has a fantastic time.




With three weeks to go to the 4th Croydon Ultra preparations are underway to make sure you all have a great event.  Look what came in the post today !!!

We are looking forward to seeing you on the day.  If you haven’t entered you can do so online via Runners World or by post using an entry form from the event website at www.thecroydonultra.co.uk or by simply turning up and enter on the day.

Happy Running !!!

Medals, numbers and marking paint.

Medals, numbers and marking paint.

The Croydon Ultra Bag

The Croydon Ultra Bag



I was out on the Vanguard Way Section today. It was looking particularly lovely with the sun casting it rays through the woods. The trees, bushes and unfortunately some stinging nettles are out in full force. The footing was damp from the recent rain and a little muddy in sections but absolutely nothing of concern. A good road shoe would give ample grip.

I will be testing out other sections of the route over the next couple of weeks so watch out for updates.





Hi all,

I will be out on the Croydon Ultra route over the next week doubling checking route descriptions and making sure there are no issues.

Watch out for updates.

Its also not too late to enter. Just go to http://www.runnersworld.co.uk to enter online or use the postal application form on this website.

Happy Running !!!




There is always a top 10, top 50 or top 100 etc. But I am listing what I consider to be the most influential running books that I have read.  Not in any particular order of preference.  Only 8 books but what a cast of writers and some magical stories and facts. I would personally consider The Lore of Running as the bible for any runner.  

How many have you read and what others would you add to the list. 

Feet in the Clouds – Richard Askwith

The Lore of Running – Tim Noakes

Running with the Kenyans – Adharanand Finn

Born to Run – Christopher McDougall

What I talk about when I talk about Running – Haruki Marakumi

Eat & Run – Scott Jurek

Relentless Forward Progress – Bryon Powell

Ultramarathon Man – Dean Karnazes 

2013 The Croydon Ultra

The date for the 2013 event is Sunday July 7th. You can enter online via the Runners World website at http://www.runnersworld.co.uk.

The 2013 edition of the race will be the third year of the event.  This 30 mile event is perfect for someone who has done a Spring marathon and wants to step up to their first Ultra.  The course is well marked and consists of two 7.5 mile out and back loops.  Checkpoints are at the 7.5 miles, 15 miles and 22.5 miles points.

This event is also perfect training for anyone doing a 50 mile or longer ultra event.

We look forward to seeing you at the event.