The St Valentine's 30k 2022

The Race has been run - provisonal 2023 date - Sunday 12th February


Well done to all our fabulous runners who turned up and ran in challenging conditions and thanks to the massive team of volunteers who made it all work on the day

Photos (around 850) courtesy of Strider David Babbs


Valentine Pairs Results

The 2022 race was our 28th running of the the popular 30k and we hope you enjoyed it as much as in previous years, or even more so! 


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.

As you all know this is very much a club race organised by a running club, primarily for experienced club runners, you will appreciate that we will have spent the vast majority of the entry fees a long way ahead of the race , accordingly the race is subject to a NO REFUNDS POLICY regardless of the cause of the cancellation or of you dropping out. To counter that we do run a very efficient transfer system to let you move your place to another runner you know or to someone on our waiting list.

This year we are introduced a new new zero carbon shirt size, runners who select TREE meant that we will make a contribution to TEES for TREES instead of supplying you with a recyclable race shirt.

Famous for 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 a techical running top 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. 

This year we are adding MV35, FV70 and FV75 to our prize and record categories. In similar vein we are making both male and female teams prizes to be the best 3 combined times for both prizes.

Old Romantics that we are, if you are in a genuine relationship with another runner, why not register as a Valentine Pair? You’ll get a box of chocs from us and your combined times might win you a couples prize. No, we don’t need to see marriage certificates or anything, but we do trust that you are actually a couple!

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 detailed race information and joining instructions here, along with a graph of the course contours.

Love Running, Love the 30k

Mark Alderson
Race Director

For the latest news, feedback and discussion join our 30k FB group page
PS - scroll down for a link to our video of the course, recent years results and photos and to see the course records. 

Rutland RadioThis year we were again sponsored by Rutland Radio  

and we were supported by :

The Lincolnshire Runner

2020 Results

2019 Results 

2020 Photos

2019 Photos

2018 Results
2018 Photos
2017 Results
2017 Photos
2016 Results
2016 Photos

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

Course Records

1:37:52 [2014] - Aaron Scott (Notts AC) Course
1:53:59 [2011] - Sarah Harris (Long Eaton)
MV35 1:38:58 [2022] - William Stangeway (Lincoln Wellington AC)
FV35 1:53:59 [2011] - Sarah Harris (Long Eaton)
MV40 1:42:14 [2015] - Rob Keal (Notts AC) FV40 1:56:50 [2011] - Philippa Taylor (Stamford Striders)
MV45 1:45:58 [1998] - John Kerr (Steel City Striders) FV45 1:58:08 [2014] - Philippa Taylor (Nene Valley Harriers)
MV50 1:55:19 [2013] - Peter Duncan (Lincoln Wellington AC) FV50 2:13:47 [2018] - Philippa Taylor (Nene Valley Harriers)
MV55 1:57:04 [2016] - Peter Duncan (Lincoln Wellington AC) FV55 2:18:14 [2013] - Caroline Wheelhouse(Doncaster AC)
MV60 2:03:52 [2020] - Kirk Wilkinson FV60 2:17:00 [2019] - Caroline Wheelhouse (Doncaster AC)
MV65 2:15:01 [2013] - Mick Casey (Mablethorpe RC) FV65 2.20.20 [2020] - Yuko Gordon (Fairland Valley Spartans)
MV70 2:20:36 [2017] - Geoff Cumber (Halifax Harriers AC) FV70 2:30:16 [2022] - Yuko Gordon (Fairland Valley Spartans)
MV75 2:49:16 [2019] - Terry Fone (Eye Community Runners) FV75 New Category in 2020