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Twin Lakes 20

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The popular Bedford 20 is back, with a new name! Take on the 10 or 20 mile courses around Willen Lake. Perfect for runners in marathon training, or those looking to dip their toes into trail running, the courses are scenic and easy to navigate. Come for the finisher's goodies and picturesque views.
20 Miles, and 10 Miles
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Sun 12th Sep 2021
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Willen Lake, V10 Brickhill St, Milton Keynes MK15 0DS, UK
Start times
10 Miles:
8:30am |
20 Miles:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Twin Lakes 20
10 Miles
£28.00 - £30.00
20 Miles
£32.00 - £34.00
Route information
Previously the Bedford 20, the Twin Lakes 20 is a very popular event by Dirt Running, who have 11 years of experience, and will ensure a wonderful day is had by all.
Both the 10 mile route and 20 mile route start with a stunning lake-side lap around Willen South Lake. From here its our to the traffic-free and scenic countryside of Milton Keynes.
After the lake its along the River Ouzel all the way along to Caldecotte Lake, before heading back to Willen via the Grand Union Canal, so you'll never be far from the water!
A wonderful multi-terrain course with approximately 80% on cycle paths, some gravel patches, and the remainder along the canal towpath, this course has it all.
This race is an ideal training run for anyone running an Autumn marathon.
What's included
  • Bespoke Finisher's Medal & Keychain
  • Prizes for race winners and age category winners
  • Technical T-shirt
  • Chip-timed results
  • Bag drop
  • Water stations
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How to get there
Willen Lake, V10 Brickhill St, Milton Keynes MK15 0DS, UK
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By Car
Please use the postcode MK15 0DS in your Sat Nav. If you are on the M1, exit at Junction 14 and follow the signs to Central Milton Keynes until you pick-up the signs for Willen Lake.
By Bus
The number 8 bus from Milton Keynes centre runs to Woolstone Roundabout West. Here, entrants can walk down from the bus stop, take the first right at the Redway junction under the main road, and then take your first left into Willen Lake.
by Bike
If you are local then take the stress out of race day and cycle to the venue.
North Bay Car Park
Off Newlands roundabout, V10 Brickhill St (Splash ‘n’ Play, play areas, and wakeboarding). This car park operates an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system, and payment must be made prior to exiting the car park (NOT ON ARRIVAL).
You can pay by card over the phone or at the machines. For instructions and the Terms and Conditions of Parking please view the signs which are located next to each pay station.
South Bay Car Park
Off Lakeside roundabout, V10 Brickhill St (by the hotel, gym, and The Lakeside pub). This Car Park operates a pay and display system (cash only), which means you pay upon arrival into this car park.
For the Terms and Conditions of Parking please view the signs which are located throughout the car park.
Event day logistics
08:00 20 miles starts
08:30 10 miles starts
13:00 Cut-off time
Cut-off Time
There will be a 5 hour cut-off time in place for the 20 mile race. Any runners that doesn't reach the halfway point in 2.5 hours will be asked to retire from the race.
Age Requirements
All entrants must be 17 and older to enter the 10 mile race, and 18 and older to enter the 20 mile race.
The One4Six cafe will open at 9am and closes at 12pm. It is located near the Event Village and offers a range of hot and cold drinks and cakes. There will also be a coffee van on-site for the duration of the event.
Water Stations
There will be aid stations every 5 miles and volunteers will refill water bottles using jugs and offer water in cups, but please bring your own hydration and nutrition to the event, using bottle belts and hydration backpacks, etc.
  • 10 Mile: Mile 5 and the finish
  • 20 Mile: Mile 5, 10, 15, and the finish
There will be toilets at Splash N Play and at the new facility.
Spectator Info
Spectators are welcome on the course but are reminded to follow the latest UK Government social distancing guidelines.
How old do I have to be to enter the Twin Lakes 20?
Entrants must be 17 and older to enter the 10 mile event and 18 and older to enter the 20 mile event.
Is there a cut-off time for the Twin Lakes 20?
Yes, there is a 5 hour cut-off time for the 20 mile race, and any runners falling behind halfway at 2.5 hours will be asked to retire.
Will there be water stations at the Twin Lakes 20?
Yes, there will be water stations situated around the course.
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