The five2go trail marathon – online entries are openfive2go logo


Saturday 10 November 2007

Start time


Starting point

St Margaretsbury Sports Ground
Stanstead St Margarets
SG12 8EH

The route

A detailed route map and description of the route will be available shortly. In the meantime, there are useful maps of the Lee Valley here; and of Hackney Marshes here.

The marathon is run along the towpaths of the River Lea. The paths are almost entirely level and firm, with some gentle slopes at locks and bridges. Very wet weather may make one or two sections muddy, but trail shoes are not necessary, normal road running trainers are perfectly suitable.


£25 (not affiliated to UK Athletics)

£23 (affiliated to UK Athletics)

The marathon is a charity event organised by Parents for Children in association with BBC’s Children in Need. There is a suggested voluntary donation to Parents for Children of £10
(£2 of each £10 donation will be passed onto BBC’s Children in Need appeal).

Number of entrants

Maximum of 300

Closing date

Saturday 3 November (or earlier if race limit is reached)


Timing will be by computer chip so you can be assured of an accurate time.
Cut off time is 6 hours.

Goody bags for all entrants including a medal and teddy bear

Directions to the start

By train: ONE Railway operates a regular train service between London Liverpool Street station and Hertford East, via Hackney. St Margaretsbury Sports Ground is approx 300 yards west of St Margarets Station, Stanstead Abbotts.

By road: Amwell Roundabout – (exit A10/A414/A1170) take exit for Stanstead Abbotts (B181). There is limited car parking available at the Sports Ground.

Facilities at the start

Toilets, changing facilities and hot and cold drinks will be available at the St Margaretsbury Pavilion. Bags will be collected at the start and transported to the finish.

Directions to the finish

For detailed travel information on how to reach Hackney Marsh by public transport, please see Transport for London. Car parking is available at the end of the route.

Facilities at the finish

Toilets, drinks and various food outlets.


For a list of frequently asked questions, please click here.

How to enter

Online entries are now open or you can download an entry form here.


If you feel able to support our important work even more, please download a sponsorship form and raise what you can for Parents for Children and BBC Children in Need.

To make things even simpler, why not set up an online sponsorship page at Justgiving and email your friends for support.

If you have any questions about the five2go race series or the events at Hackney Marsh, email [email protected], or call us on 020 7520 2880.


Results will be available here shortly after the race. We would love to receive your photos of the race. Please email them to [email protected] and we will add a selection of the best pictures to our photos page.