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Lacock Road Races
This is a fully closed roads event taking in the tranquil and picturesque lanes of the Wiltshire countryside and 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 race starts on the village green opposite the Abbey. The route heads out of town and over stone bridges across the River Avon. Beautiful country roads wind round to the hamlet of Reybridge, with lovely thatched roofed buildings lining the narrow streets. The run will then come back round to Lacock itself, along historic side streets and back along the main high street.
The 1km family run run will be an out and back along the main high street.
Our new event format has been approved by Public Health England the Safety Advisory Group for Events. We have very detailed plans to ensure social distancing measures are in place through out your race day, along with additional hygiene measures in place through out the venue.
It is very important you familiarise yourself with our updated event plan, check out our safety plan and measures, so you can not what we will be asking of you on race day, and what you can expect from us. You can see all this info on our Safe Race page.
Lacock Playing Fields, Lacock, Wiltshire SN15 2LG
Lacock is slightly off the beaten track, situated in English countryside less than 30 minutes drive from Bath and 50 minutes from Stonehenge, off the A350, which bypasses the village.
Chippenham Railway Station, about 4 miles away, has fast links to London Paddington. Trains are one or two an hour taking about 75 minutes. In the opposite direction the trains go on to Bath about 15 minutes away. There is a taxi rank at Chippenham station.
There are also local buses operating between Chippenham and Bath.
Car Parking is £4-5 per car payable to the land owner
All our finishers receive a 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.
- Top 3 male and top 3 female
- First U20 male and female
- First 20-39 male and female
- First 40-49 male and female
- First 50-50 male and female
- First 60-69 male and female
- First 70+ male and female
The final number of prizes awarded is determined by the number of finishers for each gender in a given race distance.
There is no on the day prize giving because of the multi wave, multi start time format of the events. Prize winners will be contacted mid week via email.
At present all our starts are individual, at 15-30 second intervals. Runners are generally seeded fastest to slowest to help spread people out across the course. The only exception is that a pair from the same household may run together on the basis that you run the whole event together and that you run in single file, not side by side.
All runners need to provide a predicted finish time to help us organise the start lists. This doesn't need to be too exact so don't worry if you think it might have changed come race day. If you wish to run as a household pair, or in the same wave of 30 when that is permitted, please select the same slightly obscure predicted finish time. Rather then selecting 50mins 0secs, select 50mins 1 sec for example.
We hope to shortly be able to offer waves of 30 runners starting every 10-15mins. These will be mixed ability waves. In time we hope to be able to get back to our usual wave size which is ~100 runners.
The 1km family run run will be an out and back along the main high street. The minimum age to run unaccompanied is 8 years old. Children younger than 8 are welcome to run it they are accompanied by an adult who is over the age of 18. There is no charge for adults accompany children, unless they wish to collect a medal, in which case we ask they register as usual.
The 5km is a 1 lap course, about 100m over the official 5,000m distance so is not a certified course. It has just 31m of elevation change which means it is still a super fast course.
The 10km is officially certified accurate, course number 18/189. It has a turn around point in the start/finish field, shy of the finish line itself and has just over 60m of height change.
The Half Marathon is a 3 lap route. The core part of the route is the same as the 5km/10km loop. Mid way round, the Half Marathon branches off to complete an extended loop of the Lackham College campus, including a short out and back at the far end to get this route up to distance. It is an officially certified course, number 18/288 and has less than 100m elevation change.
Important Notice: This is a Closed Roads event. As always, an event never occurs in isolation, and we must work with our hosts, residents and local businesses. A very select number of people have been given permission to cross over or into our road closure area; these include carers visiting the elderly and infirm, businesses who must receive their fresh produce for the day. All these vehicles will be travelling at no greater than 10mph, with hazard lights on and with marshal escort. Cyclists and pedestrians may use the roads, travelling in any direction, as usual. Please respect this and be polite and considerate to everyone you come across, be they in a vehicle or on foot. The continued success of events like this is dependent on how well they are received locally, please keep this in mind. There is ZERO parking in the side streets of Lacock itself, or in the National Trust car park. This is vital to ensure that residents and other visitors to the village can go about their days as usual.
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 is event is not suitable for canicross.
There are no hidden booking or processing fees on top of the prices shown below. Please note on the day registrations are £2 extra.
Music/Headphones: Runners can listen to music during this race, but only with Bone Conducting headphones as per UK Athletics rules. We do have splits on the course where 5km / 10km runners go in one direction and Half Marathon runners go in another; we would hate for you to miss a marshal call because your music was too loud! The marshals will not be able to leave their post to chase after you if you miss a turn because you are listening to music so please be very mindful of this.
FREE race photos from the event are posted to our Facebook Page for you to copy, share and enjoy as you see fit.
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Then select a wave to run in based on your predicted finish time under 'Race Extras'
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Lovely scenery and great support
If the start/finish were in a more central location, or a closer park and ride was arranged, I'd definitely give this five stars - but the positives; a beautiful route, organised well, with super friendly people gets this four stars from me.
Half marathon route
Super well organised event
Other is 1 mile.
you go through them and back, twice.
So you spend the majority of this run underground and out of the heat and sun.
Absolutely unique run and I really enjoyed it, very flat
An extravagant route!
Fantastic tunnels to cool off in whilst undergoing the route and an overall flat course; to enable a PB!
So much fun!
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