Best Campsite for the London Marathon

By February 22, 2017

So you are one of the lucky ones to get into the London Marathon, I am not jealous at all. I was fortune enough to run this amazing route in 2015, remember to enjoy the day. But as this is one of the busiest weekends in London (only remembrance weekend is busier) the hotel prices skyrocket.

If you haven’t already booked a hotel room, your are either going to struggle to get a decent price hotel anywhere near the start or tube to the start line. What other alternative are there? Airbnb – same as hotels either expensive or fully booked.

While London might be one of the busiest cities in the world and what some people would call a concrete jungle, there are in fact several campsites within London.

With the marathon in April, the weather should be warm enough for camping plus it will cost you a lot less. If you need a new tent, check out our review of the best tents to buy.

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So what are your options for camping in London?

There are only four campsites within London, so there isn’t a huge choice to pick from – but remember you are staying here to run a marathon not have a holiday.

Crystal Palace Caravan Club Site

Crystal Palace Caravan and Motorhome Club Site

While this is a caravan club site it does take tents as well and has the basic features you would expect from a campsite and is open all year. This site also accepts caravans so if you own a caravan and don’t fancy camping in April then you can always take the caravan.

Getting to the start line:

As you can see from the information below, it’s pretty simple – but remember on the day of the race there is a lot disruption with buses and tubes and I would recommend checking with TFL.

bus routes to greenwich park

For more information about the campsite visit their website or call them on 020 8778 7155

Abbey Wood Caravan Club Site

Abbey Wood Caravan and Motorhome Club Site

Again another great campsite within easy reach of the start line and that’s key I had a panic as no uber drivers would pick me up on the morning of the race and where I was staying was closed for the race later so very few buses. You don’t want stress before you do the run.

If like me you are taking the family to support you, then this site has a great kid play area. Again this site accepts caravans so if you don’t fancy camping but going in the caravan then this site is also ideal for you.

Non-members are welcome so you don’t need to be a caravan club member.

Getting to the start line:

This site on a Sunday morning would take you around 35 minutes to get you to the start line.

bus times to bus routes to greenwich park

For more information please contact the website or telephone 0208 311 7708.

Campsites we don’t recommend you stay at:

We are not saying the campsites are a bad campsite (stayed at Lee Valley and loved it), there are just not convenient enough to get you to the start line on time.

Lee Valley Campsite Sewardstone

This is nearly two hours on a Sunday morning to get to start line and that is too much travelling before and after the race.

Willows Rustic Camping and Caravanning

Again this is quite difficult to get to the start line and would take about 2 hours and require so many changes and little walks you would get to the start line stressed.

Enjoy the run

Just remember to enjoy the run, the memories will live with me forever – it’s an amazing run, it’s not a PB course as too many runners slow you down for the first few miles, just enjoy the crowds and the day, no other marathon I have done ever lives up to the day.

After 2017 I won’t be running any more marathons or Ultra marathons until my children get older, the wife is finally putting her foot down, however, we have an agreement if I get into London I can come out of “retirement” and run it a marathon again. It is truly an amazing race and experience.

Just remember it’s 1 mile ran 26 times – something you will have ran several times in training.

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