30k Race Information

The 30th Stamford Striders St Valentine’s Day 30k

Sunday 11th February 2024

11:00 AM Start

Race Information 

UKA Athletics Licenced

If you live locally why not consider arriving on foot. If you are driving, then use PE9 1HE for your Sat Nav. Direction signs and marshals will direct you to various car parks around the race start area.  There is a new overflow car park in operation this year so please just follow the marshals directions and they will guide you to the appropriate location.  We will fill up the car parks closest to the race start first, so please don’t try to second guess if you have run with us before. The overflow car park this year will be Stamford College on Drift Road which is a 10-15 min walk (6-7 min warm up jog) from the start/registration so please arrive in plenty of time.  As always, please do not park on residential roads.  We have plenty of parking areas for you and if we annoy the locals, we run the risk of not getting our permission to race in the future.


Saturday 10th February 9:00 am - 11:00 am
We are opening on Saturday again to encourage those who live in the vicinity to register and collect their numbers and timing chips which we hope will reduce congestion on race day and make the whole experience easier and more enjoyable for all.

Sunday 11th Feb - RACE DAY - Open for registration from 9am

In addition 

Race Entry :

Race entry is by on-line entry only with no on-the-day admissions. Minimum age limit is 18 years. If you have entered and cannot run, you can transfer your number to another runner, as long as you inform us in good time. You can transfer to someone you know - or we can put you in touch with the hopeful runner at the top of our waiting list. For someone you know please provide name, address, DOB, club (if any), e-mail address and mobile phone no. For all Transfers please e-mail our dedicated 30k Entry Manager.

Race HQ:

The Race HQ, Start and Finish are located at :
    Stamford Welland Academy (Formerly The Queen Eleanor School), 
    Green Lane, 
    PE9 1HE. 

Stamford is easily accessed from :
    The North or South using the A1. 
    From Leicestershire, follow the A47 and A6121. 
    From the Midlands, the M6, A14 and A43. 

Once in Stamford, signs showing “The 30k” will direct you to the School site.

Car Parking :

Please arrive in good time to park, walk from the car park (10 - 15 mins) and collect your race number and timing chip. If you can share transport, that really helps us out! Please do not park on the road outside the school as this is the race start area.

If you live in Stamford or locally why not consider arriving to Race HQ on foot and using it as a warm up jog?

Facilities :

Provided at Race HQ.
    Toilets, secure baggage storage area
    Pre and post race massages will be available for a charitable donation
    In the school canteen, there will be hot and cold refreshments
    Professional medical services cover the race
    *** Please note there will be NO separate changing facilities nor hot (or cold) showers available ***

Race Numbers :

Race numbers with Timing Chips attached must be collected from the Registration Desks in the main school hall. Medical and contact details should be written on the rear of the race numbers. 

The Start :

The race will start promptly at 11am on the road immediately outside the school.

The Course :

It is a pleasant, scenic, rural course. Please help us keep it that way by discarding litter carefully by the drinks stations, marshal points or KM markers which are all carefully cleared after the race.  Course map available here.

Water Stations :

Approximately every 5k
Jelly Babies will be on offer at water stations.
Please aim your gel wrappers at the bins that we provide at each km marker from 10k onwards

Headset Policy :

Under standard UKA rules bone conductor type headsets are allowed. We accept this type of headset with the proviso that our race is run almost entirely on public roads open to traffic. So for your safety and the safety of others runners using bone conductor headsets must ensure that they are completely and fully able to hear the ambient sounds of traffic, other runners and marshals at all times. We love our race – we hope you love our race – safety is critical for the event to be able to continue so please help the cause – if you really really must have them don’t use them like ghetto blasters! Our preference is that you leave them at home.

Cut off time:

The cut off time for the race is 4 hours, subject to Safety Officers decision on the day.

The Finish :

The race finishes on the sports field at the school. When you cross the line, please keep moving, in finishing order, along the funnel. Water and goody bags issued at the end of the funnel.

Prizes and Results :

Finishing times for prizes will be gun to chip. (Chip to chip will also be available in the published results). 

Prizes will be awarded for the following categories: 
    M        1/2/3.
    F         1/2/3. 

    1st and 2nd Valentine’s Couple (combined race times, genuine couples only please). 
    There is also a £300 cash prize to anyone breaking the open men's or ladies course records (not the age group records). 

Prizes will be awarded as soon as possible after the race.

Cancellation :

In the event of adverse weather conditions or any other circumstances, Pandemics or endemics outside of our control, whereby it is deemed unsafe or ill advised to run the race, the event will be cancelled or postponed to a future date. The Race Director’s decision on this is final. Refunds will not be provided. 

Further Information :

If you need any further information, please contact our Race Director by e-mail.

Volunteers Briefing Notes