Burghley House, Stamford

9:00am 08/03/2020



A sensational course linking Burghley and Stamford. With incredible access to the private areas of the Burghley estate, a traffic free High street st Martins and a course that explores countless beautiful and unique locations. 

Race Date: 08/03/2020 

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:

Finisher medal

Tech finisher t-shirt

Instant results

Chip timing

Full road closures

Advanced medical support

Free finisher photos

Free parking


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.

Bottle Lodges Burghley
Burghley Gates

Check your inbox, spam folders, work emails or anywhere else your confirmation email might be hiding! Email us at rutlandmarathon@gmail.com if you do not receive your email confirmation.You will not receive anything in the post. Race numbers will be collected at registration. 
Runners must be 16 yrs old on the day of the run in order to take part.

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3:00pm-5:00pm Pre registration - Burghley Park Golf club


6:45am Car parks open

7:00am Race registration opens 


8:30am Bag drop open


8:45am Registration closed


8:45am Race briefing

8:50am Bag drop closes

09:00am Burghley7 Starts

11:00 am Burghley7 prize giving


11:00am Burghley7 course closed


5:00pm Burghley park closed


Provisional results will be published throughout the day

Results will be finalised the following week


How To Find Us

On race day you will have to follow the Yellow signs to race registration. All traffic will be required to enter through the B1443 main visitor entrance to the house. 

This road will be closed to traffic from 8:55am - 9:30am 

You must arrive on site, on time and be registered well in advance.  

Any spectators will be required to arrive on site before this road is closed to the public. You will have to wait until all runners have cleared the area to access the site after 8:55am. 

Cars will not be allowed to move during the event. 



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Please Note. Dues to recent heavy rainfall we have changed the location of the event day car park. 

Follow the Yellow signs

to the event car park



Bag Drop

We have a bag drop facility for you to take advantage of. Drop off is located at the start line. Collection at the finish line.

Each race bib has a tear off luggage label. Simply attach this to your bag and hand it into the team. 

This facility is provided so that you can wear warm clothing for the walk to the start line. 

Please do not leave valuables in your bags. Items are left at your own risk. 

Race Briefing

Will be conducted at the race start line. We will cover a few general safety points and inform you of any changes or notable difference to the course. Please be at the start line at the designated time. 

Start times

Please be ready in advance of the start. Your time starts when you cross the timing mat under the gantry, not when the gun goes off.

Please do not be late. Absolutely NO LATE STARTS will be permitted under any circumstances. 


Open and closing times will be strictly adhered to. There are no on the day entries in this event. You must have entered in advance. Registration will be available the day before the event

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Prize giving 

Will take place at the finish line. Times are approximate and may be moved earlier if all prize winners are present


Parking is available on the Burghley estate and is free to runners. Please follow instructions in the event guide so you get to the correct entrance on time. 

Basic Rules

No music players allowed. 

Under UKA rules you unfortunately cannot run with a buggy or your dog on a lead. 

Please do not pass on your entry without informing us. Changing entries will only be considered within the transfer policy. 

The person registered must turn up to race registration on the morning of the race.



The main route is Tarmac road. We cannot promise that there won't be damp sections. The finish line is on a small grass section.

What will you receive before the race?

We do not send race numbers or timing chips to runners. You must collect them on race morning. You should receive an automated confirmation email when you register. If you do not receive an email please first check your junk email folder. 

You will receive an email race guide two weeks prior to the event. 

On site facilities



Bag storage

Medical treatment centre. Fully staffed with supplies and highly qualified staff.

Mobile catering facilities where you can buy hot and cold food and drink. 

Please note: The main house will be closed during the event.

The Orangery restaurant will open at 11:00am for lunch


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

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