Rutland Marathon Spring Half

We are going ahead

“The expansion of testing identifies more positive cases, reduces the spread of the virus, and protects those who cannot work from home and our vital services. Broadening testing to identify those showing no symptoms will mean finding positive cases more quickly and break chains of transmission. The Government estimates that around 1 in 3 people who are infected with Covid 19 have no symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it. You are strongly recommended to please obtain a test in advance of attending the Event.


Rutland County Council has established a testing center at Unit 18,  Oakham Enterprise Park, Oakham LE15 7TU which is able to complete rapid asymptomatic testing, also known as lateral flow testing.  It  is a fast and free way for people without symptoms (asymptomatic) of COVID-19 to find out if they have the virus. Test appointments can be booked at the following link: . Thank you”.


Race Date: 11/04/2021 

Distance: Half Marathon 13.1m / 21km    

Start time: 08:30am

Cut off Time: 1:30pm

Start/Finish: Barnsdale, Rutland Water

Entry Fee: £32.00

UKA Entry Fee: £30.00

Entry Fee Includes:

Finisher Medal

Instant Results

Chip timing

UKA Licensed event

Free Event Photos

This event will be subject to any and all Covid restrictions at the time of the event. By entering you are accepting timings and formats might need to change to accommodate new legislations or government guidance. The situation might change from when you enter to when the event goes ahead.We will try to keep the event as close to originally planned as physically possible. If the event cannot go ahead because of Government restrictions we will automatically transfer your entry into the 2022 version of the event. 

Beautiful Scenic Half Marathon around Rutland Water.

The race takes place on a stunning route with unrivalled views of the county.  

The Course

Start/Finish: Barnsdale Wood

13.1 Miles / 21 Km

Ascent 804ft

Descent 804ft

Terrain: Undulating/Mixed

Feed stations: Mile 3,6.5,10

Start 8:30am 

Finish 1:30pm

Mens Record:1:19:39 Thomas Loe 2019

Womens Record:1:26:56 Lucy Thraves 2019

In a very minor tweak to 2018, we have included a small change to the course at the 6.5mile point. (2019 course included the change)

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Please Note,

By arriving on the start line you are confirming your ability to participate.

It is the runners responsibility to ensure they are fit and well.

If you're in any doubt please consult a medical professional. 

Rutland Spring Half Marathon Course Map


We get lots of enquiries about the terrain and suggested footwear for this race. 
The majority of the course is Tarmac. Miles 5 - 9 look similar to the picture on the left. It's beautiful but please be aware the route is slightly looser under foot. The track is used year round, it has been in place for 40+ years. It's well trodden and worn in. We cannot promise there won't be damp sections, especially in the wooded areas. We run here year round in road shoes but some people choose a more winter based trail shoe. It's not an off road or trail shoe event but please note the difference in terrain. Miles 0-5 + 9-13.1 are all on tarmac footpaths.  

We also have a Spring Half Marathon Walk.
The chance to walk the route the day before. A half marathon at a slightly gentler pace

Event Timetable

Provisional timetable and may be subject to change.



Final timetable coming soon


2:00pm The Rutland Spring Half Marathon course closed


6:00pm Barnsdale car park closed


Provisional results will be published throughout the day

Results will be finalised the following week


The race is organised in conjunction with Run Britain. You will run under British Athletics rules. To see the full list of road running rules then please visit their website.

No in or over ear headphones allowed. Bone conducting headphones are absolutely fine.

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

How to find us

Getting to the start line

Whitwell car park- Free to runners (Approximately 10 minutes from the start line)

Barnsdale - no parking in Barnsdale this year


Whitwell parking is free to competitors, but involves a short walk through the Bluebell wood to get to the start line. (it’s actually a very lovely walk). The car park is located just over 1km from the start line.

We encourage runners to make their way to Whitwell nice and early where the walk to the start line will be well signposted.

Exiting the site after the race will be easier from Whitwell.


Whitwell Car Park

Bull Brigg Lane, Whitwell, Oakham, LE15 8BL

Please be aware that the local council do not allow parking on the grass verges around Rutland water. If anyone chooses to park along the route they risk receiving a fine. Please use official car parks.

Official Charity

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Event Photos

Covid Secure Event

This years event will be a little different to previous years. We have made some necessary changes to ensure we are Covid safe in order to protect our competitors, colleagues and community. 

We are in constant dialogue with key stakeholders to ensure we are as safe as possible given the current situation. 

Event capacity

We have scaled back entires meaning there's more space for runners and walkers.  

The capacity will be managed with split arrival times. The start and finish areas will be socially distanced with queue areas should we have to manage starters crossing the line. Suggested start times will be based on your expected finish time. 

Race numbers and timing chips 

We will send race numbers with timing chips to your registered address before the event. If you forget your race number there will be a £2 charge on the day to replace.   


Medical provisions

Covid safe medical provisions. As with all out events we have an incredibly high standard of safety cover often hiding out on the course. The provisions in place are set up to be Covid safe so you can be confident if assistance is required. 

Face masks and hand washing

We will have socially distanced queues and plenty of hand washing facilities at all public areas, please use them. 

Please wear a face mask at the event site. We also strongly recommend wearing one at all times except when running.
Please use a face mask if you need to approach our team. If you have forgotten your race number please wear a face mask when arranging a new one. We are outdoors in an open space so mask wearing is not compulsory but please be sensitive to others around you. 



Unfortunately there will be no spectators allowed at the site. 

Arriving at the event site

There will be ample parking on the site. Please park your car, dress to run/walk and make your way to the start line at your allocated time. 

The start line.

We have a new large open start area so social distancing can be observed. If we experience a peak in arrivals we will arrange runners on a first come first serve basis in our social distance queue system. The team will be on hand to manage your arrival safely. If you turn up to the start area dressed with your race number (which included your timing chip) at the correct time we will help you start safely. There is no need to check in or register. We will note your arrival when you trigger the timing mats at the start line. 

Runners services

This has changed a little from previous years to reduce contact points. Please leave your bag in your vehicle as there will be no waiting around on the start line. Arrive at the start area dressed to run. 
Unfortunately we cannot host runners pre and post event. This facility will be closed for the duration of the event. 

Toilet facilities

They will be open and available to runners on the night of the event. Ample hand washing facilities will be available outside the toilet blocks. 

Course etiquette

You must stay to the left at all times on the route. This is a very tentative step back into events for everyone and we know that we can rely on your cooperation. There are no olympic medals at stake but we appreciate you want to be competitive. Please turn up at your correct start window (that will make everyones lives a lot less stressful) and if you need to overtake please do so sensibly and courteously. For one year only we politely ask that you don't sharpen your elbows on the way past other runners but you pass with ample distance once a gap appears. If you're being overtaken please be courteous and allow some room. If everyone tries their best we can all have a fun event with little need for us to referee. Play nice and be sympathetic to others around you!  

Hydration/feed stations

Please try to be self sufficient if you can (we appreciate thats difficult over this distance). There will be self serve feed stations on the course. Please grab a bottle and discard away from the feed station. Options may be limited to water only to prevent cross contamination.

Finish line

Sadly we cannot present medals. We have always presented medals from day one of our events company and it's very sad that we're unable to do it this time. We appreciate you being there and can only apologise that this important marker of your achievement will be so impersonal. 

The Finish line will be split from the start. Once you finish please avoid congregating in numbers around the finish area. We don't want to kick anyone straight off the site but please be mindful that we cannot allow crowds to form so will ask that you make your way through the site as soon as you feel able to.  

We are managing this event as safely as possible and thank you for considering running or walking with us. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in contact. 

The course is stunning and we hope to honour the opportunity to enjoy the event in a safe and responsible manner. 

Results will be updated throughout race day. As soon as we're able to upload them they will appear on the site.

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