9:00am Saturday 04/04/2020
Walking a half marathon is the same distance as running one
Information for those with a 2020 entry
We outlined two simple options that would be available to our participants when the event was officially cancelled earlier in the week.
Option 1: Defer into 2021
Option 2: A full refund on your entry fee.
Option 1 is the easiest as it requires you to do absolutely nothing. We have written new terms and conditions for those deferring allowing greater flexibility and the ability to change your mind at a later date. We appreciate that things can change in a year and want to make this as painless and flexible for you as possible. New terms can be found on our website.
The Rutland Spring half Marathon Walk – 10/04/2021
The Rutland Spring Half Marathon 11/04/2021
If we do not hear from you, we will automatically transfer you into the 2021 event.
Option 2 requires a little more interaction. If you would like a refund on your entry fee please send the following information via email to
Either your original confirmation email with REFUND in the message.
An email with your Full Name & Date of Birth with RSHM REFUND in the message
Please use the email title: REFUND RSHM
Refunds will be made to the account originally used to pay for the entry. We may wish to confirm certain details with you but we will make contact if that is required.
After 05/04/2020 we will assume that you opted for option 1.
Thank you for your co-operation and understanding. We sincerely hope that you will consider running with us next year but understand the refund option will be preferred by some.
Please allow us a little time to collect the data and issue the refunds. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Timescales will depend on how many refund requests we receive, we are working at pace to ensure this is dealt with efficiently.
Thank you all for such kindness and courtesy over the last few days. We are forever grateful for the patience and understanding afforded us at what is a tough time for everyone.
We have specific terms and conditions for those switching from 2020 - 2021. By transferring your entry these are the terms and conditions you agree to as outlined in recent correspondence.
Event Cancelled 17/03/2020 6:00pm
We have taken the difficult decision to cancel this event. We have sent an email to everyone who has entered the event so far.
The email and statement can be viewed on the link below.
We thank you for your patience and understanding whilst we deal with the cancellation process.
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.
How to Enter
Please read the terms and conditions, transfer and refund policy, then follow the link below.
Simply follow the instructions and fill in all the fields on the digital entry form.
You must complete the payment process to secure your entry.
Please check your email for confirmation.
If you do not recieve a confirmation email you may not have completed the online registration system and will not be guaranteed a place in the event. Please check junk folders for confirmation emails.
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.
We have a 15 minute start window 9:00am - 9:15am
Please feel free to hold back and start with friends.
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.
Around the course our team will be waiting with warm drinks and snacks to keep you going.
How To Find us
Getting to the start line
There are two parking options for this event.
Whitwell - Free to runners (Approximately 10 minutes from the start line)
Barnsdale - (limited availability)
When parking is full at the Barnsdale, site traffic will be re directed to 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
Barnsdale Car Park
Barnsdale wood, Barnsdale car park, Rutland Water, LE15 8AB
7:30am Barnsdale site open
8:00am Registration open
9:00am Registration closed
9:00am Walk starts
9:15am Last walker start
9:30am - 2:30pm on course refreshments
3:00pm Course closed
Will be conducted at the start of the walk. 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 at the designated time.
We have a very flexible start time. This is not a race. You have a 15 minute window to cross the start line.
Open and closing times will be strictly adhered to. 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 Barnsdale and Whitwell car park.
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?
We do not send anything in the post. You must collect everything on event evening. You should receive an automated confirmation email when you register. If you do not recieve an email please first check your junk email folder. Follow the link to the start list where you will find your name if your registration has been successful. Please allow 48hrs for the system to update.
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! Each walker will be given a contact telephone number so that you can call us for assistance if it is required.
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!