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A choice of 5k, 10k and half marathon distances at Stanwick Lakes, one of the best nature reserves in the Country. Starting and finishing close to a large play area, this is an ideal day out for the whole family.

How to enter the Stanwick Lakes Autumn Runs

  1. 10k

    Run 10km
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  2. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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  3. 5k

    Run 5km
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Stanwick Lakes Autumn Runs routes


The courses all use the purpose built gravel paths that interweave around the many lakes in the picturesque Northamptonshire countryside, and with a relatively flat terrain these runs have seen many a PB.


  • 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 you safety


Maximum Running Time 3 Hours.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • All runners are timed and receive a finishing medal.
  • Our visitors café is open from 8.30am on run day serving pre-run drinks and food.
  • Marshalled route
  • Chip timing
Raceday Logistics
Race Day

Sign In – Is open from 8.15am, on arrival you need to sign in at the Sign In Desk which is situated behind the start and finish line at the wood barn.

Each race 5k, 10k and 1/2 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 chip band to wear on their ankle. These chips 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 10.15am, as 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 1/2 Marathon then the 10k and then the 5k.

Is there race day registration?

We do not recommend this as we cannot ensure there will be spaces available. We suggest that you email [email protected] with your request if you would like to run and registration has closed. The cost of registration on the day is as follows

1/2 Marathon – £25

10K – £20

15K – £15

Are Ear Phones allowed?

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.

Are dogs allowed?
We are happy for anyone that wants to run with their dog to do so. You will have to start behind everyone else and you must have your dog on a short lead attached to you in a manner that does not cause issues to you or anyone else. There are other dog walkers on site and also wildlife. We can NOT accept responsibility if your dog decides something else is more interesting!

Are there age limits?

HM age limit is 18 years+
10K age limit is 15 years+
5K age limit is 12 years+

Stanwick Lakes Autumn Runs weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

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Rockingham Forest Trust is an environmental charity which has been connecting people and places for nearly 20 years. Our vision is: 'to bring wide-ranging community benefits through creating and conserving special green spaces, and exploring local heritage, in ways which educate, involve and inspire'. We have been working to support the area’s rural way of life for nearly 20 years, through a variety of conservation and heritage projects undertaken with local communities.



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