The TWIN LAKES 20 is a stunning 10-mile and 20-mile race (2-lap) that will prepare you for your Spring half/marathon experience without having to run on your own. You can enjoy the incredibly scenic, superfast, and traffic-free course through the stunning Milton Keynes countryside. Lapping two beautiful lakes, following the picturesque River Ouzel and the Grand Union Canal, you’ll never be far from the water! The course is multi-terrain with about 80% on cycle paths with some gravel paths and the remainder on the canal towpath.
We are pleased to announce that thanks to your reviews we have been awarded a SILVER athlete-rated badge for consistently high reviews. Thank you for all of your feedback and so pleased you have enjoyed our event so much.
EVENT DATE: Sunday 19th March 2023
RACE START: 09:00 am
ENTRY COST 10-MILE:
ENTRY COST 20-MILE:
MINIMUM AGE: Runners must be at least 17 years old to run the 10-mile race, and 18 years old to run the 20-mile race.
HQ: Willen Lake, V10 Brickhill Street, Milton Keynes, MK15 0DS.
HQ OPENS: 08:00
EVENT VILLAGE: you can view the plan here
The 20-mile race will be two laps.
The TWIN LAKES 20 (previously known as the BEDFORD20) is a friendly event organised by Dirt Running with 11 years of running event experience, making sure you have the best day possible.
This race is an ideal training run for anyone running a Spring half/marathon.
This event will be chip timed using state-of-the-art disposable timing chips attached to the reverse of your running number.
Sorry, no late starters.
RACE TIME LIMIT
The time limit to complete the 10-mile or 20-mile race will be 5 hours. This is based on 15 min/mile pace.
If a 20-mile runner does not reach the halfway point in 2.5 hours then they will be asked to withdraw from the race.
Permit Reference TRA/5189. The race will be run under UKA rules
Race Number: Your Race Number incorporates a timing chip inside the foam on the reverse.
PLEASE DO NOT TAMPER WITH THE TIMING CHIP.
Attach your number to the front of your running top where marshals can see it. Complete any medical information and emergency contact details on the reverse of your running number. You must not allow anybody else to run with your number. Safety pins will be available in the Race HQ if required.
GETTING TO WILLEN LAKE
ADDRESS: Willen Lake, V10 Brickhill Street, Milton Keynes, MK15 0DS
BY CAR: Use the postcode MK15 0DS in your Sat Nav.
If you are on the M1, exit at Junction 14 and follow the signs to Central Milton Keynes until you pick up the signs for Willen Lake.
BUS: Catch the number 8 bus from Milton Keynes centre to Woolstone Roundabout West.
Walking down from the bus stop, take the first right at the Redway junction under the main road, then take your first left into Willen Lake.
CYCLING: If you are local then take the stress out of race day and cycle to the venue.
PARKING: You can view the latest car park details [ here ]
what3words is the simplest way to find the Event Village. What3words have divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and assigned each one a unique 3-word address. Download the free App, input the 3 words including dots, and hit navigate and away you go!
If possible please leave your bags in your Vehicle. If this isn’t possible then please use the managed baggage tent in the Event Village. Please do not leave valuables in your bag. Bags are to be left at your own risk.
You will be able to use the toilets at Splash N Play and at the new Watersport Centre to change.
The course is multi-terrain with about 80% on cycle paths with some gravel paths and approximately one and a half miles on the canal towpath.
There will be a mobile coffee van selling hot and cold drinks as well as snacks before and after the race.
The new Benugo Bar & Kitchen at Willen Lake will also be open from 08:00.
We will have regular Aid Stations.
Please put all the rubbish in the bins provided and only drop litter at the Aid Stations or give it to a course marshal. Portable toilets will be available at each water stop.
PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ANY LITTER OR GEL WRAPPERS ON THE COURSE.
There will be portable toilets in the event village. You can also use the toilets at Splash N Play and at the new Watersport Centre.
You will be able to purchase merchandise during the registration process or up until 13 August at midnight, by logging back into your Active account here: myevents.active.com. Merchandise purchases will be posted out monthly. We will be selling merchandise on Race Day.
iTab purchases will automatically be posted a few days after the event. You do not need to do anything.
Need to update your registration, check you have entered, change your address, or purchase merchandise after you have entered? Then visit myevents.active.com to manage your event registration.
All finishers will receive a TWIN LAKES 20 Technical T-Shirt from Ladies’ size 10 to Unisex 2XL. Select your size when you enter.
We are so excited to unveil our 2023 TWIN LAKES 20 medal 🏅
Award categories are:
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RUN FOR CHARITY
Willen Hospice is a charity that puts patients and their families at the very heart of everything that we do. Our staff and volunteers give constant care in a considerate, peaceful environment where patients coming to the end of their lives and their loved ones can really make the most of their time left together. We’re close to so many people’s hearts because of the compassionate, personal end-of-life care we provide for free – both at our hospice at beautiful Willen Lake and also in people’s homes.
We are so proud to be part of a thriving community that supports each other but with increasing cuts and more people than ever needing our services
Find out more: www.willen-hospice.org.uk
Please see FAQS
Spectators are welcome on the course but are reminded to follow the latest UK Government social distancing guidelines.
You have the option to Protect your booking with Active Refund for a small fee when you register. This is an insurance policy with a 3rd party and has nothing to do with our event. You could receive a full refund of the purchase price and processing fee should you be unable to attend the event due to a specified reason, such as:
Injury or illness
Vehicle breakdown or theft
Adverse weather resulting in travel warnings
You will be able to select this option at the checkout stage. Active Refund is provided by Active, and you should contact them directly about your policy and how to claim and not the Dirt Running team. You can find the details here.
TRAIL RUNNING ASSOCIATION
The Twin Lakes 20 is organised by Dirt Running under a license from the Trail Running Association (TRA). The TRA is an associate member of UK Athletics (UKA). The TRA supports UKA in the management and regulation of trail running, and through this association with UKA, the TRA is able to issue permits to race organisers on behalf of UKA.
TERMS & CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
All runners must be medically fit to compete and enter at their own risk and the organisers will in no way be held responsible for any injury, accident, loss, or damage that may arise before, during, or after the event as a consequence of their participation in this race. We do not offer refunds or deferrals under any circumstances. You can transfer your place – please see FAQS. No dogs or pushchairs are allowed.
IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY
The race director and the emergency services reserve the right to cancel or stop the race at any time if deemed necessary. These would be in circumstances beyond our control and no refunds would be given.
If the weather is particularly bad during the week leading up to the event, then please check Facebook or this website for updates.