Step back in time at the wonderfully preserved National Trust Village of Lacock. The majority of the village dates from the 18th Century or earlier, with Tudor style half timbered black and white buildings lining many of the streets.
The village is thoughtful preserved with houses maintaining an authentic look with no tv aerials and other modern technologies revealing the true date on the outside of the buildings. There are many independent shops, cafes and pubs, many of which have old wooden beams, creaking floors and curved walls. There is much to see and enjoy once the events have finished!
There is a race specific car park for the event which costs £2 per car (cheaper than the National Trust car park, which needs to be reserved for visitors to the Abbey). As the event is not affiliated with the National Trust, the National Trust have asked the NT members do not park in the NT car park. Toilets and baby changing facilities by the Stales Tea Room, only 50 yards from the Abbey and very close to the race start. There will be additional toilets brought on to site by the race. There is a children's play area, National Trust shop and many great places to eat in this historic village.
Please note that whilst the National Trust village is playing host to the race, the Lacock Abbey itself is a pay to enter attraction and there is much to see including the Abbey, Rose Garden, Orchard and Museum. Find out more about the village, places to stay and visit during your trip for the race at the Visit Lacock website.
This is a fully CLOSED ROADS event taking in the tranquil and picturesque lanes of the Wiltshire Countryside and through the historic streets of Lacock itself. It is an ideal race for the first time runner and you can expect to post a good time on this flat course. The 10km and Half Marathon route are officially measured accurate courses.
The race starts on the village green opposite the Abbey. The route heads out of town and over some lovely stone bridges over the river Avon. There is a slight rise before the first turn coming in at 10km. Beautiful country roads wind road to the hamlet of Reybridge with lovely thatched roofed buildings lining the narrow streets.
Once through Reybridge the run will come back round ito Lacock itself and run along the historic side streets as well as up and back along the main high street. This a 1 lap course for the 5km, 2 laps for the 10km and 3 larger laps for the Half Marathon will have a larger looped section at Reybridge to ensure an accurate distance.
The 1km family fun run will be a lap course through Lacock Village. The minimum age to run unaccompanied is 8 years old. Children younger are welcome to run if they are accompanied by an adult who is over the age of 18. There is no charge for adults accompanying children, unless they wish to collect a medal, in which case we ask they register as usual.
As there are some narrow sections will be starting the event in waves so everyone has a clear run. There will be waves of about 100 runners setting off at 5min or 10min intervals. All waves are open to all runners. Please confer with friends and family before you register to ensure you select the same wave if you wish to start together. The different start times are fully accounted for in the results so you can pick any wave and get an accurate finish time. Please see the Race Day page for a provisional schedule.
This event is suitable for buggy runners but please note there are a couple of narrow sections, including a raised footpath without a fence. Many runners have run with buggies in the past, including double buggies, but please do take extra care. As we don't know the dimensions, wheel base, of your buggy we can not comment on the suitability of your buggy. This event is not suitable for Canicross.
Please note on the day registrations are £2 extra per person.
All finishers will take home a top quality custom medal, with a ribbon specific to the distance they have taken part in. Most of our medals share the same triangular outline and can fit together to make a giant medal lattice.
All our runners receive a top of the range custom medal, as well as a buffet of fresh fruit and other tasty treats. We also recognise a few of the speedy runners on the following basis.
The final number of prizes awarded is determined by the total number of finishers (male and female combined) in a given race distance. If there are more than 100 finishers then the full range of awards are made as shown above. It there are between 50 and 100 finishers then the top 3 male and top 3 female runners will receive a prize. If there are less than 50 finishers then the first male and first female finisher will be awarded a prize. We do not have any winner's prizes for any of the children's events as we would like to keep this participation focused.