The St Valentine's 30k 2018

Race full - entry is now closed

Race limited to 750 runners

Date: 11/02/2018
Time: 11:00

£25.00  Standard Entry
£23.00  Affiliated

Welcome to the St Valentines 30k webpage where we will keep you updated on the 2018 event which will be held on Sunday 11th February 2018.
This will be our 25th running of the the popular 30k and we are looking forward to making it as enjoyable as previous years - if not, even more so !

Rutland Radio

We are pleased to announce that this year we are sponsored by and will be featured on race day by Rutland Radio featuring Rob Persani and our very own Helen Popple 

The 2017 St Valentine's race was packaged some pretty grey, cold weather, despite which we think you seemed to enjoy yourselves as you can see in the 2017 photos   

Love Running, Love the 30k

Mark Alderson
2018 Race Director

Any general questions please e-mail  30k Race Director

For entry or transfer questions please e-mail  30k Entries

PS: Please keep an eye on this website where we will post any updated information about the race.

2017 Results - click here   

2017 Photos - click here

2016 Results - click here   
2016 Photos - click here

To give you an idea of what you could be taking on have a quick run through on this video

The Stamford Striders' St Valentine 30K Race is the flagship event organised by the Club. It is run each year on the Sunday closest to St Valentine's Day, 14 February. It is recognised nationally as a tough event, providing a good training run for those planning a spring marathon.

2018 will be the race’s 25th year and it is always very popular – famous for the enthusiastic marshals and efficient organisation across the board.  This is a runners' race, organised for runners by runners – we know what you want and how you want it.

Starting and finishing at Stamford's Welland Academy (formerly Queen Eleanor School), the course winds its way through Little Casterton, Tolethorpe, Ryhall, Careby, Pickworth and Great Casterton on a challenging rural undulating route (yes there are a few modest hills!)

What better way can there be to show your love than to run 18 miles through Lincolnshire and Rutland on a freezing February morning? Everyone taking part gets a generous goody bag that includes an event T-shirt and a packet of now legendary Love Hearts.

This is a very popular race - it has worked its way up to 9th in the Runners World list of 100 Top UK Races from feedback from entrants, and the race entry limit of 750 runners is always reached. We don’t have any entries on the day, so grab your place using our online entry system.

In 2014 we had a new men’s record - Aaron Scott of Notts AC with a fantastic time of 1:37:52. This finally surpassed the previous record of 1:38:55 held for a whopping 9 years by Martin Cox from Bristol and West, which he set in 2005.

Besides the normal prizes for 1st and 2nd place, there are also prizes for age and team categories, £100 for beating course records and, of course, sentimental old fools that we are, we give prizes to runners taking part as Valentine couples.

Race numbers and chips will be issued on the day. There will be no entry on the day allowed. Massage facilities will be available on site for a voluntary charity donation. Please Note: You must be 18 years or older to enter. You can find the race joining instructions here, along with a graph of the course contours.

Course Records

1:37:52 [2014] - Aaron Scott (Notts AC)Course
1:53:59 [2011] - Sarah Harris (Long Eaton)
MV401:42:14 [2015] - Rob Keal (Notts AC)FV351:53:59 [2011] - Sarah Harris (Long Eaton)
MV451:45:58 [1998] - John Kerr (Steel City Striders)FV401:56:50 [2011] - Philippa Taylor (Stamford Striders)
MV501:55:19 [2013] - Peter Duncan (Lincoln Wellington AC)FV451:58:08 [2014] - Philippa Taylor (Nene Valley Harriers)
MV551:59:56 [2015] - Geoff Newill (Barrow Runners)FV502:17:33 [2003] - Mary Picksley (Steel City Striders)
MV602:06:08 [2002] - Bill Johnson (Redhill Rd Runners)FV552:18:14 [2013] - Caroline Wheelhouse(Doncaster AC)
MV652:15:01 [2013] - Mick Casey (Mablethorpe RC)FV602:27:39 [2015] - Yuko Gordon (North Herts Road Runners)
MV702:20:36 [2017] - Geoff Cumber (Halifax Harriers AC)FV652.52.47 [2017] - Margaret Morris(Lincoln Wellington AC)
MV753:08:20 [2009] - Bob Emerson (Leamington Cycling & AC)