Burghley House, Stamford
Unfortunately with the ongoing situation we are unable to go ahead with Burghley7 in 2021. The combination of time restrictions on the road network and the constantly shifting situation means that we could not guarantee runner safety.
We will be back in 2022
Back March 2022
Race Date: 03/2022
Distance: 7 Mile Road Race
Start time: 09:00am
Cut off Time: 11:00am
Start/Finish: Burghley House, Stamford
UKA Entry Fee: £24.00
Entry Fee: £26.00
Entry Fee Includes:
Tech finisher t-shirt
Full road closures
Advanced medical support
Free finisher photos
This is a real adventure through the many places that make this area amazing. The beautiful town of Stamford, Burghley estate, stunning landmarks, local communities, beautiful villages and the surrounding countryside. It has it all.
Why 7 miles? Because it's the most fantastic course that we could design.
Bottle Lodges. Tudor Gatehouse the west entrance to the estate.
St Martins High Street flawless Georgian history.
The George Hotel and Gallows. Host to prime ministers and royalty, a local landmark and place of huge historic importance.
Town bridge with views over the meadows.
River Welland The historic trade route through Stamford.
Burghley Estate Beautiful country estate with ancient woodlands and exquisitely maintained grounds.
Burghley House finished in 1587 one the finest Elizabethan houses ever constructed.
Burghley Deer Park deer roam freely.
Pilsgate A lovely little village where support will be high.
The Green Drift countryside, dry stone walls and rolling fields.
Burghley Walled Gardens The old kitchen garden formerly employing 18 full time gardeners and feeding the estate.
The Private Burghley Estate ordinarily closed to the public, a huge privilege to run here.
Lacelot 'capability' brown house approach The approach planned for horse and cart with the most exceptional view of the house.
Lions bridge beautiful bridge in the heart of the estate.
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The course was king for the Burghley 7.
The 7 mile route takes you on a fantastic tour around Burghley, Stamford and the wider community.
Mile 1. Starting at Bottle lodges an incredible grand Tudor gatehouse which creates the most beautiful start line. We turn down a traffic free High street St Martin's which in itself is an incredible opportunity. This has never been done before and we are giving you the opportunity to enjoy this flawless Georgian architecture with countless landmarks and historic buildings. You pass under the Gallows at the George hotel before running onto the town bridge. We make a U turn opposite the beautiful town meadows before running down Water Street alongside the River Welland.
Mile 2. We re enter the Burghley estate passing through beautiful parkland, Past the old cricket club, ancient woodland and the Burghley Deer Park. The course gradually approaches Burghley house as we pass through this incredible park land.
Mile 3. We pass straight in front of the North Range of the house. We pass old stables and courtyards and other architectural delights as we go. The course then exits the park and into the surrounding countryside. Some undulating terrain and beautiful countryside defines the second half of this mile.
Mile 4. The course then passes through the stunning little village of Pilsgate. These villages define the area and Pilsgate is a beautiful example of the communities surrounding Burghley and Stamford. With places like Pudding bag lane you can get a feel for this quaint little village as we showcase the areas so important to the grander showcased in the previous miles.
Mile 5. The green drift is a long drag strip surrounded by mixed countryside, dry stone perimeter walls and ancient woodland. This is where the runners can stretch their legs and view the competition. We love this part of the route and expect some fast time splits to be achieved through this section of the course.
Mile 6. We have incredible access to the private Burghley estate. This is a real privilege to run in an area ordinarily closed off to the public. We pass the old walled gardens where 18 staff grew produce to feed the inhabitants of the great Burghley house. Ancient woodlands, pristine parkland and incredible architecture awaits everyone as they pass through this mile of the course.
Mile 7. This section of the course follows the old road installed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. The landscaping was designed to give the best view of the house as you approached. The landscaping repeatedly hides then reveals the house, once designed to add drama for those approaching in their horse and cart! As we drop down into the main estate we reach the main lake and wonderful Lions bridge. We continue around the sweeping road until we approach the finish line front and centre of the famous west range of the house.
Why 7 miles? That is why.
It is a tremendous privilege to host this event at such an incredible venue.
The history and the beauty is breathtaking.
The concept of this event is to showcase all that this area has to offer. We are taking runners on a journey through local history and giving you a special tour of the estate, town and countryside in a really interesting and varied course.
We are joining the Burghley estate and the historic old town of Stamford for the first run of its kind.
We must give special thanks to SKDC, Peterborough district council, Pilsgate Village, Stamford Town council and Burghley estate for believing in the project and working on the delivery. Without these organisations and local people we wouldn't have the opportunity to run and share such an incredible place in such a special way.
How old is Burghley House?
1491 King Henry VIII Born
1492 Columbus discovers America
1520 William Cecil born 1st Lord Burghley
1558 Coronation of Elizabeth I
1587 Burghley House Completed
1588 Spanish armada defeated
1605 Gunpowder plot
1642-1646 The Civil War
1666 Great fire of London
1694 Bank of England founded
1706 Treaty of the Union Great Britain formed
1776 American declaration of independence
1778 Cook discovers Hawaii
1815 Napoleon Defeated at Waterloo
1859 On the origins of species published
1914 The Great War
1942 World War II
1969 First man on the moon
2020 First Burghley7