Plog-olution with Ealing Half Marathon

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The Ealing Half Marathon Plog-olution takes place this weekend!!

Starting at 1pm on 3rd August and will offer a 5K run or a 2K walk option, so that participants can run or walk the distance that suits them best.

Entry is free (here and all participants receive a free dry-wick Plogolution t-shirt. The meeting point is in front of Hanwell Community Centre and all equipment is provided.

The efforts of Plogolution are very much in line with the ethos of Ealing Half Marathon, which has its own sustainability measures to reduce the environmental impact of its autumn race. Since the very first Ealing Half Marathon in 2012, plastic bottles from race day have been recycled and these have been reduced in size to the smallest size bottle available. As part of their commitment to reducing waste, runners carry their post-race goodies out of the finish funnel rather than receiving goodie bags with flyers and unwanted items. The race has also made the decision not to offer finisher t-shirts as feedback showed that these were not wanted; this in turn reduces landfill and the carbon footprint of transporting them to the race.

Register for FREE here

See you on Saturday.

Training runs with Ealing Half Marathon 2019

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The first of our training runs led by the Ealing Eagles Running Club start tomorrow.

Wednesday 31st July – 4 miles Meet at The Duke of Kent at 19:00pm
Wednesday 7th August – 5 miles Meet at the The Drayton Court Hotel at 19:00pm
Wednesday 21st August – 6 miles Meet at the The Drayton Court Hotel at 19:00pm
Sunday 15th September – 13.1 miles Meet at Lammas Park W5 5JH Time TBC

Bag drops are available at all the Fuller’s pub locations (Lammas Park TBC) but left at your own risk, please do not leave anything valuable in your bags as the event and pubs cannot be held responsible for items left.

These are open to all, full details are available on our website

Running in hot weather

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🥵 Go easy on the training in this heat. Here is some advise on what to do in the hot weather but probably best to not run today!
#heatwaveuk #HEATWAVE2019 #ealinghalf #ealingfeeling #london #londonheatwave #running #hot #summer

Getting ready for the #EalingFeeling

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** Resident Information**

We are always so grateful for all the support and assistance that the residents of the Borough of Ealing give to us on Ealing Half Marathon weekend 💚

In preparation for the big #EalingFeeling weekend in 3 months time (Sunday 29th September 2019), we have all the details of road closures ready for you. Information is available on our website now to allow plenty of time for planning:

Photo courtesy of Angela Donnithorne Photography

We will work with you on the day to allow for safe access and egress up to the course closures. Please bear in mind that no vehicle movement is possible once the race starts. If you have an appointment, a taxi booking, an event to get to, visitors planned, vehicles will need to be parked off the course or have no direct access if you are on the route after a certain point early in the morning.

Share this with those you know who may need it, new neighbours who are unfamiliar with the event, church congregations, those with regular medical visits or meals on wheels deliveries etc and we look forward to another safe and spectacular Ealing Half Marathon that the borough can be proud of!

We contact all medical services and food delivery agencies ourselves but we find each year this doesn’t always reach those on the ground so any help to make sure more people know is always appreciated.

Please contact us at if you have any questions about travel and access on that weekend and we will be happy to help.

Thank you once again for all your patience and understanding.

Sandra & Christina
Ealing Half Marathon

Join in the London Relays

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It’s party time! The 2019 London Relay launches Saturday 29th June @ 11.00am

Come and join them at Relay Base Camp (on the grass between City Hall and Tower Bridge) on Saturday.

What better way to start your weekend than by soaking in the morning sun with friends and family, sipping an ice cold Pimm’s overlooking Tower Bridge and maybe even joining Stage #1 of the 2019 London Relay. The 5k run launches our epic 3,837 mile journey for The Running Charity.

The team are creating a party atmosphere so even if you don’t want to run, all are welcome to join.

5k Launch Party – Join Today 


A sunny Osterley Park Summer 10k

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Another successful Osterley Park 10k took place on Saturday 15th June.

The event saw hundreds of runners taking on the route around the stunning National Trust property in West London.

Photo courtesy of Dan Tsantilis Photography

Our overall winner, was Matt Kitching (Queens Park Harriers) crossing the finish line in 00:34:25. First place female was Melissah Gibson (Ealing Eagles Running Club) with a fantastic time of 00:39:33 taking the women’s title.

Second place male went to Ryan Keane (Thames Valley Harriers) in a time of 00:35:21 and second place female was Sophie Tomaszczyk (West 4 Harriers) in a time of 00:40:50.

Third place male was Tom Easten (Maidenhead AC) in 00:35:42.and third place female saw Karima Harris (Queens Park Harriers) cross the line in a time of 00:40:56.

Full Results are available online now which include chip and gun time.

The next Osterley Park 10k is now open for registration as well as our multi award winning Ealing Half Marathon. All our events sell out in record time so don’t miss out.

Book now at Ealing Half Marathon (29th September 2019) and Osterley Park Winter 10k  (7th December 2019).

Thank you to our Emergency Services

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Each year we offer free places to our amazing Emergency Services in Ealing who are directly involved with our event as a thank you but did you know we also have a discount code for anyone working in that field.


Open to all the amazing personnel who keep us safe, mend our wounds, rush to our aid and support us through life’s ups and downs.
If you’re a doctor, a nurse, a firefighter, a police officer, a midwife etc, any of the services that do so much for the public all over the country, email us at for details on how to claim your discount.
Help us give a little back to all the amazing staff. 💚 Help spread the #EalingFeeling.

Open-heart patient inspired to run Ealing Half Marathon

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Running a half marathon is a huge achievement by anyone’s standards, but doing so with a congenital heart defect that makes even walking difficult is nothing short of heroic.

Yet this is exactly what 60-year-old Acton resident Edward Eagle will be doing on Sunday 29th September this year, when he lines up at the start of Ealing Half Marathon. Having undergone two open heart surgeries, and been hospitalised for a number of heart attacks and other cardiac events, you would think that Edward would be entirely justified watching the race from the sidelines. But he has done that for the last three years, and this year he wants to be part of this award-winning race and feel for himself what it’s like to cross that finish line.

Edward’s journey to the 2019 Ealing Half Marathon started at the 2016 race, where as a spectator he cheered on the athletes as they ran by and soaked up the fantastic atmosphere for which the event is known. He saw everyone smiling and having a good time and felt it was something that he too would like to do.

“Watching the event in 2016 and seeing the runners at the back giving it their all really inspired me,” explains Edward. “I have to admit to feeling a tiny bit jealous of them taking part in this wonderful community event. Their efforts in the race turned to huge celebration at the end, and really showed that they had done something worthwhile. I thought if they can do it, so can I!”

Edward Eagle Ealing Half MarathonClearly for Edward this was not going to be easy, as his heart rhythm disorder means that his heart does not pump blood and oxygen effectively – something that most athletes take for granted. However, with lots of encouragement, Edward signed up to join local running club Ealing Eagles in May 2017. He started their Beginners 0 to 5K programme in the September and graduated in November 2017, completing his first ever continuous 5K and, soon after, his first 10K. He was doing things he had never thought possible. The support of the club meant that he never ran alone and he was feeling fitter and healthier than he had in a long time.

In September 2018 Edward volunteered at Ealing Half Marathon on one of the water stations, which he found to be a fantastic experience. Seeing all the runners go by just strengthened his resolve to run Ealing Half Marathon himself. His role as a volunteer earned him a free place at the 2019 event and, as such, he is now just over four months away from taking on his very own 13.1 miles.

He has also recently completed his 50th parkrun at Gunnersbury and regularly volunteers at The Ealing Mile, organised by Ealing Half Marathon Legacy CIC.

Any hiccups along the way Edward just takes in his stride, such an enforced break from training following his latest heart procedure in April. He is looking forward to resuming his running in May, cheerfully stating that his body will remember what to do. If a positive outlook can get you places then Eddie is going to go far, as he is clearly not one to sit at home feeling sorry for himself.

In fact, in 2016 Edward was invited back to the children’s hospital where, aged seven, he underwent his first open heart surgery. As a guest of honour, he celebrated 50 years since his life-saving operation and spent some time talking to young patients in a similar position to the one he found himself in all those years ago.

“You’ve got to put a positive spin on things,” he admits. “I am alive! If my experience can give just one person the belief that heart surgery is survivable and a full life can be lived afterwards, then I will be happy. I would have laughed out loud at anyone suggesting I run a half marathon, but nothing’s impossible if you put your mind to it.

Ealing Half Marathon“It may take me a long time, but my Ealing Eagles friends will be waiting for me at the end and cheering me over that finish line. It’s an incredible community event, made even better by being a closed road race. The camaraderie amongst the runners is superb and the support from the spectators and volunteers is amazing. I can’t wait to be a part of it all!”

As for expected finish time, any time is a guaranteed PB for Edward. The victory for him is arriving at the start line. As he rightly says, the longer you’re on the course the more time you have to enjoy the event – and there is no doubt he’s going to relish every minute.

With four and a half months until this year’s Ealing Half Marathon, and with running fever in the air, now is the perfect time to sign up and train for a much-loved race in West London. For complete beginners starting Couch to 5K to more experienced runners, there is still time to get to the start line this autumn.

For anyone who has been inspired by the recent Virgin Money London Marathon and other spring races, Ealing Half Marathon is a superb autumn goal with a guaranteed #EalingFeeling. The event will welcome 7,000 runners from over 25 countries to its 8th anniversary race on Sunday 29th September 2019. The race starts and finishes in Lammas Park and takes in parts of Central Ealing, Montpelier, Pitshanger, West Ealing, Hanwell and St Stephens.

Ealing Half Marathon 2019Go to to register and for further race info. You can also like the Facebook page and follow @EalingHalf#EalingFeeling on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with all the latest news about the Ealing Half Marathon.

“How Ealing Half Marathon inspired me to run”

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From Zero to Hero.

The award-winning Ealing Half Marathon is well known for its fantastic community spirit, so much so that it inspires many of those watching the event to lace up their running shoes for the very first time.

Darren Moore, a Marketing Director from South Ealing, is one such person who has gone from being a complete non-runner to someone who will be running Ealing Half Marathon on Sunday 29th September 2019 for the third time.

Having spent many years supporting the race as a spectator and cheering on his friends, Darren had often wondered if he was missing out on such a great community event – yet never imagined that he too would one day be crossing the finish line in Lammas Park. Yet in 2017 everything changed: by joining one of his running friends for ‘the first mile of the year’ on holiday, and two weeks later completing his first parkrun at Pitshanger, Darren was inspired to take the plunge. He signed up to Ealing Half Marathon, he began to train properly and the rest, as they say, is history.

“I can honestly say that running has changed my life,” admits Darren. “I used to think that my running Ealing Half Marathonfriends were crazy and that they were wired differently. But once I started running properly, I realised that it was something I really enjoyed.

“I can’t describe the feeling of running Ealing Half Marathon for the very first time and passing the same corner that I used to stand on myself to cheer everyone on. Seeing my family and friends waiting for me was so emotional, and I burst into tears and stopped for hugs with them all. I couldn’t believe I was actually doing it. I had gone from being a spectator to a runner and I was on the most fantastic journey discovering what I could do and where running could take me.”

Running has certainly brought Darren the most incredible physical and mental benefits, with him readily admitting that he has never felt so fit or strong. He went on to complete Ealing Half Marathon in 2018 and regularly runs the trails by the canal and in the beautiful green parks close to home – including at Pitshanger parkrun, where he has made many new friends since that first 5K two years ago. As a Local Green Party candidate, Darren is a big supporter of Ealing’s open spaces, and immersion in nature is a key motivation for his running. He now takes his running shoes whenever he goes away for business or holiday and is able to discover beaches, mountains and all kinds of places that he would never get to see if he wasn’t a runner.

Back to Ealing, though, with two medals now in the bag and one more in his sights this year. What is it about Ealing Half Marathon that really strikes a chord?

“There is an extraordinary atmosphere on Ealing Half Marathon race day,” explains Darren. “People don’t often talk to each other in London, but on the morning of the race everyone is opening their door and walking to the start line, chatting and supporting each other. There’s a really strong sense of community, the roads are closed and people are coming out to line the route and cheer us on. There are also great acts of generosity from local organisations, such as the local churches manning the water stations, and people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds running the race for very different reasons. You really feel that it’s a special community event and I’m excited to support it.”

Darren’s enthusiasm is certainly infectious and it’s easy to see how his whole family are now into running, with his daughters now enjoying parkrun and Ealing Mini Mile, and his wife taking on Couch to 5K. He is proof that anyone can run a half marathon if they put their mind to it – and it might just bring with it a host of other benefits that can quite literally change your life.

With just under six months until this year’s Ealing Half Marathon, now is the perfect time to sign up, start a training plan and get race fit. Beginners through to more experienced runners can find the perfect training plan for their level and look forward to a superb autumn race with incredible support.

Ealing Half Marathon is looking forward to welcoming 7,000 runners from over 25 countries to its 8th anniversary race on Sunday 29th September 2019. The race is a big favourite among the running community, its 13.1-mile course following a closed-road route around the leafy streets of West London. The race starts and finishes in Lammas Park and takes in parts of Central Ealing, Montpelier, Pitshanger, West Ealing, Hanwell and St Stephens.

Ealing Half Marathon 2019
Go to to register and for further race info. You can also like the Facebook page and follow @EalingHalf#EalingFeeling on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with all the latest news about the Ealing Half Marathon.

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