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Dorney Lake Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
Set at the spectacular, flat and smooth-surfaced Dorney Lake near Windsor, the course takes you around the perimeter of the iconic water. Join hundreds of runners at one of the most successful venues for Team GB 2012, be motivated by those champions and go for your 5k, 10k or half marathon PB. Soak up the atmosphere, get inspired and cross the finish line to receive your own Dorney Lake medal.
Along with your souvenir medal, a variety of revitalising snacks and drinks to kickstart your recovery awaits you at the finish line. Grab a finisher's photo on our podium before you leave and watch out for your result within hours of the race.
We’re pleased to confirm that we’re hoping to offer carefully adapted, smaller and simplified events from September onwards.
Following updated guidance from the UK Government and the governing bodies who license our events - UK Athletics and British Triathlon - we’re working on the details to determine which events could safely take place. There’s a quick reference list on what we know so far at the bottom of this page but if you see an event open for entry on our website it means we are planning for that event to take place.
We know how important races and organised runs are to every runner. We understand that for some, the return of events can’t come soon enough. For others, taking part in an event still holds significant concerns.
It’s not going to be quite like it was before. Things will have to be a little different for a while. But the benefits of committing to a goal, running with others and that finish line feeling will be all the greater for the recent challenges we’ve all overcome.
Specific details on each of our events
We’re carefully adapting our event plans – from getting there to going home. We’re thinking through every detail that makes events feel great to work out what the safer alternatives are. Whilst the specific details for individual events are changing, all events will incorporate a range of fundamental changes to ensure a socially-distanced and contact-free event, the details of which are summarised below. Sadly, it is likely that some events will not be possible under these new requirements and in those cases we’ll announce their cancellation and explain why. Each event is different, so where they do go ahead we’ll explain what’s changed and why it’s all in place to keep everyone safe. We’ll also summarise everything you need to know in a final ‘Event Information’ email, sent a few days before your event day. If you have a question before entering, we’re here to help.
What to expect at events that go ahead:
Small and scheduled staggered/rolling wave starts
Contact-free registration with race pack by mail.
Simplified bag drop measures where available
Covid-secure water stations although self-sufficiency is advised Safe pick-up for medals and snacks
Bookable time windows from getting there to going home to control capacity.
Thank you for your support and understanding over these four months. We’ve missed you! That finish line feeling will be worth the wait. #SeeYouOnTheStartLine
All finishers will receive a medal
Prizes will be awarded to the top three runners overall and the top runner in each of the veteran categories (V40/V50/V60/V70) for both males and females in each race.
Snacks and drinks at the finish line
Dorney Lake, Eton College Rowing Centre, off Court Lane, Dorney, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 6QP.
Visit the venue website for information on getting to the race.
Parking is free for Half Marathon, 10k and 5k participants.
On entering this event, you can expect to receive a booking confirmation email. Further event details will be communicated via email (to the address provided during registration) during the week leading up to the race
Entry on the Day: Subject to £2 surcharge (cash only, subject to availability)
Registration: From 08:00am to 09:30am
Race Numbers: For collection at registration on the day only, numbers will not be posted. To be fastened to the front of your top using safety pins provided at registration, your number should be visible at all times. Your timing chip is attached to the back of your number and should not be removed.
Results: Results will be uploaded live to our website (internet connection permitting). In all cases, we expect to communicate results to all pre-registered participants within 24 hours of the event.
The 5k course consists of 1 flat and smooth laps on tarmac path around the perimeter of the lake and is suitable for runners of all abilities. Please always be vigilant of other runners, spectators, dogs, cyclists and other users of public footpaths and rights of way.
The 10k is 2 laps, and the half marathon is 4 laps.
Bag Drop: Whilst we would recommend bringing as little as possible, you can leave your belongings with us while you race using the tear-off baggage strip on your race number, collecting after you finish by showing your number.
Toilets: Portable toilets will be available at the start/finish area, passed on each lap.
Race Marshals: Marshals will be present on the course throughout the race.
Distance Markers: The route will be clearly indicated with arrows, tape and distance markers where necessary.
Water/Fuel Stations: There will be water stations on the route at regular intervals provided in recyclable plastic cups.
Finisher goodies: All runners will receive water and snacks on finishing the race.
Refreshments: Refreshments will be available in the main building throughout the event.
Changing/Showers: Changing and shower facilities will be available at this race.
Lost Property: Lost property from an event will be kept for one month. If unclaimed, or ownership cannot be determined, lost property items will be donated to charity.
Buggies/Pushchairs: Permitted at this event in any distance, but entrants should read pre-event information sent by email carefully to adhere to special conditions to ensure safety of children and other participants.
Wheelchair Users: This race is suitable for wheelchair users, we only ask that you start at the front of the field, 5-10 minutes before the scheduled start time and be vigilant of other runners overtaking during the race.
Earphones/Headphones: Noise-cancelling earphones/headphones are prohibited and whilst we discourage the use of other earphones/headphones at this event, participants choosing to use them should ensure they are set to a minimum volume such that instructions from marshals can be clearly understood. We reserve the right to disqualify participants who cannot hear instructions from marshals as a result of their use.
Event Time-Limit: In order that we adhere to the restrictions imposed by the venue hire agreement, there is a time-limit of 3.5 hours for this race. We would request that you select a distance you are able to complete in the time available. It may be necessary for us to begin deconstruction of the registration/finish area before this time to facilitate leaving the premises in the time required.
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