Marathon Prep Race 2017

Dorney Lake

Are you are preparing to run a spring marathon in London, Paris, Rotterdam, Zurich, Hamburg, Madrid or Boston? If so, you should be thinking about a training run.


Each year we organise a Marathon Preparation Race designed for people who are training for a Spring marathon.  Many marathon training programs suggest runners complete a 20 mile run 3 weeks before the event they are training for. The London Marathon is the biggest Spring marathon so we have organised this year's event in Dorney Lake, Windsor, three weeks before the London Marathon on April the 2nd.


Many coaches and training programs recommend that runners participate in a few races before a Marathon because organised races are a good way to complete long runs on a measured course. This is key preparation to make runners feel comfortable in a race situation - be it running with a crowd, fetching water from a water table, or learning to pace themselves in a competitive environment. The Marathon Preparation Race is designed to replicate the conditions at a marathon and help runners get though the last and usually hardest training run, the 20 miler.  The Race is chip timed so that participants can have an accurate indication of their marathon race pace. Participants are released in waves linked to their marathon pace, helping to ensure participants are running with people aiming for the same pace on marathon day. Pacers will help participants to maintain that pace for the full 20 miles.  Drinks stations are set out every 2 miles with both energy drinks and water to help the participants complete the distance


Event Details 2017

When: 2nd April 2017 at 08:45am.


Where: Dorney Lake, Off Court Lane, Dorney, Windsor, SL4 6QP


Timing: Chip timed.


Course: 16/20/24 Miles


Race Start Time: 08.45am, Registration closes 08.30am


Registration Hub: The Boathouse, Dorney Lake (On day Pack Pickup)


Facilities: Mile Markers -  Pacers - Marshals - Water Station - Energy Drink Station - Toilets - Baggage Area - Changing/Showers - Race Photography - Goody Bags - Free Parking


Online applications:


 £16 (Affiliated / Charity / Armed Forces)


 £18 (Regular Entry)


 £15 (Teams 3-10 runners)


Directions to Dorney Lake



Dorney Lake is ideally placed, being within very easy reach of London, Heathrow Airport, the M4 corridor and the M3, M25 and M40 motorways. It is well-served too by the rail network.

 Address and contact details are:

Dorney Lake, off Court Lane, Dorney, Windsor, SL4 6QP

Tel: 01753 832756


By Road

Exit at Junction 7 follow slip road to roundabout

Turn left onto A4 towards Maidenhead

Pass through one set of traffic lights, after 500m turn left at roundabout onto B3026, signposted for Dorney and Eton

Pass back over the M4 entering the village of Dorney

On sharp left-hand bend, turn right, signposted Dorney Reach

After 400m enter the Rowing Lake through large white double gates

Follow perimeter road to left of lake down to the boathouse

Park in main car park nearby or in the separate Olympic Suite area

The reception office is on the nearest front corner of the boathouse

NOTE: Satnavs and computer maps may lead you astray at Dorney Court, which has the same postcode, so please follow above guide.


By Train

Main stations for Dorney Lake are Slough and Windsor & Eton Riverside. We are also near Burnham, Taplow and Maidenhead stations.

All these stations are within a quarter-hour drive of Dorney Lake.



We will have a list of the nearest taxi company available to your arrival station.

Most of the above stations do, however, have taxi ranks.



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