8:30am Saturday 10/04/2021
Walking a half marathon is the same distance as running one
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: https://rutland.force.com/customer/s/lft . Thank you”.
You will follow the half marathon route and enjoy beautiful views from Hambleton peninsula.
Walkers will start and finish in Barnsdale and you can expect refreshments and hot drinks at regular intervals around the course.
You're welcome to walk in your own groups, solo or join one of our informal groups that will leave at regular intervals. Everyone will have 6 hours to complete the walk, so there is plenty of time to enjoy your surroundings! All finishers will receive a medal, refreshments around the course and free parking.
Saturday Spring Half Marathon Walk
Start Time: 9:00am
Location: Barnsdale, North Shore, Rutland Water
Entry Fee: £20.00
Minimum age:15 yrs old
(this event is not chip timed)
Entry Fee Includes:
Refreshments along the course
Personalised event bib
Full medical support
Doggy Feed Stations
Dog Friendly Event
This is your chance to walk and enjoy the beautiful course used for our runners Spring half marathon. This time of year is absolutely stunning in Rutland, the Spring flowers are starting to emerge, the woodland is fantastic and the lambs are bouncing around the fields. Hambleton peninsula gives the very best panoramic views of Rutland water.
We are excited to share this experience with you.
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.
If you do not recieve a confirmation email after registration please get in touch.
Please read the terms and conditions. We have provided a shortened version of the refund and transfer policy for easy reference.
The event is not timed. This is not a competitive event.
Please be aware that the temperature and weather can range significantly at this time of year. The event will go ahead in most weather conditions. Safety is our primary concern, we will keep you up to date in the week prior to the event if conditions are going to influence the delivery of this race.
Not everyone wants to run a half marathon, but you can conquer the distance and enjoy the achievement whilst walking the course. The distance does not change, the achievement is the same.
The course includes some of the most stunning views over Rutland water. This is our favourite part of the county.
How To Find us
Getting to the start line
Whitwell - Free to walkers (Approximately 10 minutes from the start line)
Barnsdale - Car park closed
Parking is located at Whitwell, which 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 people to make their way to Whitwell nice and early where the walk to the start line will be well signposted.
Whitwell Car Park
Bull Brigg Lane, Whitwell, Oakham, LE15 8BL
There will be no on site briefing. Please read the event guide before arriving.
There is no official start time but there is a time on the corner of the event bib that indicates when you should leave your car and make your way to the start line.
There are no on the day entries in this event. You must have registered in advance.
The event is fully supported by our medical team. We have paramedics, all terrain ambulances and a mobile medical centre at your disposal.
You are very safe and very well looked after during the event. They will be happy to help if you do have any issues.
The Car park is available to all our walkers. The parking fees are included in your entry. This will be valid for Whitwell car park only.
You will receive a parking exit ticket with your event bib in the post before the event.
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 registration on the morning of the event.
The terrain is mixed. The majority is tarmac but there are some rougher tracks once you get onto the peninsula. We cannot promise that there won't be damp sections, especially in the wooded areas. At this time of year the tracks can be muddy and covered in leaves. We suggest caution especially on the looser ground.
What will you receive before the race?
You'll receive an event guide via email two weeks prior to the event.
We will send your race bib in the post prior to the event. You will also receive your car park exit ticket.
Can you walk for charity?
You are very welcome to walk for charity. We would love you to raise lots of dosh for a good cause.
What is an average walking pace?
Google seems to think around 3 miles an hour. That means 4 hours will be an average finish time.
We have allowed 6 hours so only 2 miles an hour required to finish.
Can I eat on the way?
Yes, but please clear up after yourself.
Can I take a rucksack?
Please do. You might want some extra clothing. Unless you get warm and need to strip a few layers. You might need some snacks.
Do I need to walk the entire 13.1 miles?
Please come and enjoy the route, challenge yourself, but don't feel like you must finish the entire course. You should try and make an effort to finish where you started and once you commit to the peninsula circuit you may as well finish (its a circular route that's difficult to access) We will have sweeper vehicles that will pick you up if you struggle or run out of steam. We won't just abandon you!
Are dogs welcome?
Dogs are welcome, irresponsible owners are not.
Friendly dogs only please. They must get along with other dogs. Please clear any mess up after you! On or off the track. Enjoy walking your dog but please respect the venue and the event so we can continue to allow dogs to come along.
They must be on a short lead at all times. Long extendable leads are asking for trouble. Do not let them chase the sheep. You are responsible for your dog at all times on the site. We want to allow people this option, but are not taking responsibility for everyone and their dog! Sorry for the lecture!