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Stanwick Lakes Run Series 

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Welcome to Run At Stanwick Lakes!

Picture this: safe, steady gravel paths, crisp morning air filling your lungs, and the panoramic beauty of Stanwick Lakes unraveling before your eyes.

Stanwick Lakes, our cherished wetland nature reserve, plays host to four running events each year, offering three distances (5k, 10k, and half marathon).

Whether you’re a new runner just starting out, or a seasoned competitor in the local running community, RunAtStanwickLakes events offer milestone opportunities for all, and these races might even become the highlight of your running calendar!


Next race: RunStanwickLakes AUTMUN RUN – SUNDAY 1st September


We will a decision about on-the-day entries closer to the time, however a medal is not guaranteed. On-the-day prices apply.

Every time you enter, you are supporting an important environmental charity. All income generated by our runs goes back into the nature reserve, to help maintain the paths and to support educational events as well as conservation work.


2024 dates: RunStanwickLakes!

Spring Run
Sunday 24th March
Summer Run
Sunday 2nd June
Autumn Run
Sunday 1st September
Winter / Santa Run
Sunday 1st December

Cant make it in September? Enter the Winter/Santa event here: REGISTER NOW: PICK A DATE AND A DISTANCE >

For all the latest news and run chat, please refer to this website
and follow our Facebook Page @RunStanwickLakes for more details.

Event Registration: RunStanwickLakes 2024!


Spring Run
Sunday 24th March
Summer Run
Sunday 2nd June
Autumn Run
Sunday 1st September
Winter / Santa Run
Sunday 1st December


Next race: RunStanwickLakes AUTUMN RUN – SUNDAY 1st September


We will make a decision about on-the-day entries nearer the time, however a medal is not guaranteed. On-the-day prices apply.

Every time you enter, you are supporting an important environmental charity. All income generated by our runs goes back into the nature reserve, to help maintain the paths and to support educational events as well as conservation work.

For all the latest news and run chat, please refer to this website and follow our Facebook Page @RunStanwickLakes for more details.

The Important Stuff!

420 runners maximum – The site is open to other users and the courses use public footpaths. Please bare this in mind when participating in our events.

Additional Charges

Any changes to original registration details on the day will incur an administration charge of £6.00 (this does not include a change to a shorter distance: this can be done free of charge)

Registering on the day 

We make decisions about on the day registration in the week leading up to an event, dependant on capacity and other factors.

We make a decision about on-the-day-entry in the run up to events, unless we sell out before.

The cost of registration on the day is as follows…

On the day entry fees apply:
Half Marathon – £28
10K – £22
5K – £18

Race Day

Sign In is open from 8.30am. On arrival you need to sign in at the Sign-in Desk which is situated in the visitor centre.
Please follow the signs or ask a marshal.

Each race 5k, 10k and Half Marathon will be allocated a separate line to sign-in so please look out for the signage

We operate a ‘chip timing system’ so all runners will receive a tag that goes on their running shoes. These tags will be given out at sign-in along with your race number, which needs to be displayed on your chest. Safety pins will be provided.

Please ensure you are signed in and at the start line by 10am and at the start-line by 10.15am, as any final instructions will be announced at this time. We will then start the individual races shortly after announcements.

Due to the number taking part we will stagger each run group to avoid congestion at the start of the run but remember you are individually timed so you don’t need to worry if you start at the back of the group.

We will start with the Half Marathon then the 10K and then the 5K. The run will start at approximately 10.30.

Ear Phones – We know that a lot of you like to run with music to help pace yourself and motivate your run and therefore we allow headphones to be worn. It is IMPORTANT however, to be able to hear race instructions, other runners and the general public who will also be using the course at the same time. So, it is your responsibility to ensure you don’t endanger yourself or others.

Dogs  – Your dog is welcome to join you on your run but we do recognise that they can pose a potential risk to participants and other site users and we would therefore ask that you abide to the following

  • Short hand-held extended leads only – no waist harness
  • Your dog must be kept on a lead by your side and within arm’s reach throughout your run.
  • All runners with dogs are asked to start at the back of the staggered starts.

Children’s Buggies – Due to the size of some of the paths that are used for the course we cannot allow for health and safety reasons buggies to be pushed whilst running our events.

Ages Limits

Half Marathon: 17 Years

10K: 15 years

5K: 11 years

Anyone under 18 still needs parental permission to participate in any races.

Age limits are set by UK Athletic Rules.

Maximum Running Time – 3 Hours.

Car Park Charges – Car park charges apply to all runners. Charges change throughout the year so make sure you check – Stanwick Lakes Car Park Charges

Terms and Conditions – When you register for a run you will be required to tick a box to say you have read the terms and conditions when you register. Please read them so you understand our policy on cancelling your place, cancelled events etc.

We aim to play fair and the best way to do that is to explain our rules.

Our Policy

Please accept this application for today’s race. I will be at least 11 years of age on race day and I confirm that I am medically fit to compete.

I also declare that I have no medical disabilities that would endanger me or others participating in the event.

I accept that I enter at my own risk and that the organisers and sponsors will in no way be held responsible for any personal injury, or loss or damage to property before, during or after the event.

I understand and accept that the organisers reserve the right to cancel the race if adverse weather should make conditions too dangerous for competitors, or if a serious incident occurs that prevents the race going ahead. In this event, there will be NO REFUNDS.

I also accept that if I am entering this race on behalf of another person, I am authorised by them to accept these Terms and Conditions on their behalf. I will also take the responsibility to ensure that they are aware of any further information provided about this race, e.g. confirmation and race information emails.

I also confirm that if I am under 18 years of age on race day, I have the permission of my parent or guardian to take part in this race.

Course Map

  • All the routes follow the wide gravel paths around the Stanwick Lakes nature reserve.
  • Runners have to cross the entrance drive to the site on all distances and HM runners also cross an entrance road to Ringstead Marina – These road crossing are marshalled
  • Due to all courses using the same paths we have not been able to add distance markers that will not confuse runners
  • Direction markers are placed around all courses to keep you running in the right direction
  • 5K course is 1 lap with 1 road crossing that is marshalled
  • 10K is 2 laps of the 5K course
  • Half Marathon follows the 5K course but then splits off to follow the old Nene Valley Railway line towards Thrapston. Once runners reach the turnaround point ( Under the bridge at Woodford Mill ) they run back down the railway line to re-join the 5k course. This is done twice to achieve the correct distance. There are 3 road/track crossing per lap on this course all of which are marshalled for your safety

Course Map


For the latest results from our events please visit Sport Systems:

SUMMER RUN RESULTS – 1st June 2024

We usually give it a few days to let any anomalies settle, and we’ll confrim official results in the coming week. 

About Run At Stanwick Lakes

Run at Stanwick Lakes events are organised by Rockingham Forest Trust, the same organisation that manages the 750 acre Stanwick Lakes nature reserve.

Rockingham Forest Trust is a self sustaining, environmental charity. All the income made by the Trust is reinvested back into the site to ensure that the high quality is maintained for all visitors to enjoy. The money raised through the running events allows the Trust to repair and maintain the 7 miles of gravel paths, add new exciting adventure play kit for the children and also helps the Ranger team continue their fantastic conservation work that keeps the site as one of the ‘gems’ of Northamptonshire with its SSSI (site of special scientific interest), SPA (special protected area) and RAMSAR (important internationally recognised wetland site) status.

So every time you register for an event you are supporting an important charity.This is why you will not see us organise events for other causes bit please don’t let this stop you using our events to raise money for your favourite cause.

For more information about the work Rockingham Forest Trust do and to find out more about the Stanwick Lakes site please click on the links below:

Stanwick Lakes

Rockingham Forest Trust

Event Photos

All photos taken at individual events will be uploaded to Run At Stanwick Lakes Facebook page after the event or information will be given where they can be found.

Partners & Sponsors

A big thank you to all involved in the Run At Stanwick Lakes events:

Northampton Emergency Services Cadets
PbEvent Chip Timing
Magic Hands First Aid and Massage

Marks and Spencer Rushden – post Race Bananas

If you are interested in becoming a Sponsor please call us to discuss any details. If you run a business that you feel would boost the offering to the runners please contact us.

Privacy Policy

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