We had hoped that we could safely host the event as this is clearly what the majority of our runners want, however it has become clear from today’s Prime Minister’s statement that no gatherings should take place.
Unfortunately we have already committed to many financial outlays, which cannot be refunded by our vendors so, instead we will be asking you to complete a 20-mile distance virtually.
You can run your own course, at your own pace, anytime between 19th March and 10th April. You will need to upload proof of your achievement and then we will post your medal and technical t-shirt from early April in batches at our own expense. Details can be found here http://twinlakes20.com/virtual-race/
We will do our best to answer any emails over the next few days.
We are all in this together. Please be safe and join us in taking the necessary steps to minimise the spread of COVID-19.
ABOUT THE EVENT
The TWIN LAKES 20 is a fast and flat 20-mile race that will prepare you for your Spring Marathon experience without having to run on your own.
ENTRY LIMIT: 1000
EVENT DATE: Sunday 22nd March 2020
RACE STARTS: 09:00
POSTAL ENTRY CLOSES: 2nd March @ midnight
ONLINE ENTRY CLOSES: 16th March @ midnight
RACE DAY ENTRY: @ £35 subject to availability
RACE PACKS: Will be posted from 11th March.
EVENT INFORMATION: Can be found [ HERE ]
MINIMUM AGE: The minimum age for participants is 18 on race day.
HQ: Willen Lake, V10 Brickhill Street, Milton Keynes, MK15 0DS.
HQ OPENS: 07:00
RUNNING NUMBER: This will be posted to you from the 11th March. If you don’t receive your Race Pack in the post, then please go to the Race HQ from 07:00 to get a replacement. You will need to show your entry receipt [ DOWNLOAD HERE ].
The TWIN LAKES 20 mile race will prepare you for your Spring Marathon experience without having to run on your own. You can enjoy the incredibly scenic, superfast and traffic-free 2-lap course through stunning Milton Keynes countryside. Starting with a lap of the beautiful Willen South Lake and then following the picturesque River Ouzel all the way to Caldecotte Lake before heading back to Willen via 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.
The TWIN LAKES 20 is a friendly event organised by Dirt Running with 10 years running event experience, making sure you have the best day possible.
This race is an ideal training run for anyone running Brighton, London, Milton Keynes or any other great Spring Marathon.
This course is predominantly flat.
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 race will be 5 hours, which is based on 15 min/mile pace plus a 5min buffer to cross the start line.
Permit TRA/3325. 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.
EVENT PARKING: There will be all-day event parking at Willen Lake for £3. Enter via the Newlands roundabout, V10 Brickhill St (Splash ‘n’ Play, play areas and wakeboarding). Only 250 spaces on a first come basis.
NORTH BAY CAR PARK: Off Newlands roundabout, V10 Brickhill St (Splash ‘n’ Play, play areas and wakeboarding). This car park operates an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system, and payment must be made prior to exiting the car park (NOT ON ARRIVAL). You can pay by card over the phone or at the machines. For instructions and the Terms and Conditions of Parking please view the signs which are located next to each pay station.
SOUTH BAY CAR PARK: Off Lakeside roundabout, V10 Brickhill St (by the hotel, gym and The Lakeside pub). This Car Park operates a pay and display system (cash only), which means you pay upon arrival into this car park. For the Terms and Conditions of Parking please view the signs which are located throughout the car park.
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There will be a large baggage tent next to the Race HQ. Please do not leave valuables in your bag. Bags are left at your own risk.
You can use the Splash ‘n’ Play toilets for changing.
The course is multi-terrain with about 80% on cycle paths with some gravel paths and just over a mile on the canal towpath.
The One4Six cafe will open at 9 am and closes at 12 am. It is located near the Event Village. It offers a range of hot and cold drinks and cakes.
Also, we will have some food vendors in the Event Village selling drinks and snacks.
Water will be given in paper cups at mile 3, 6, 10, 13 and 16. There will be water and coke at the finish.
Please put all the rubbish in the bins provided and only drop litter at water stops or give it to a course marshal.
PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ANY LITTER OR GEL WRAPPERS ON THE COURSE.
There will be portable toilets in the Event Village and at water stops.
You will be able to purchase merchandise during the registration process or at a later date as long as you do it before the event closes, by logging back into your Active account here: myevents.active.com. Merchandise purchased will be posted out monthly. You will also be able to buy merchandise at the Event Village on Race Day.
iTab purchases will automatically be posted out 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. You will not be able to make any changes to your registration after 2nd March.
All finishers will receive a TWIN LAKES 20 Technical T-Shirt from Ladies size 8 to Unisex 2XL. Select your size when you enter. Actual design may change.
All finishers will receive a cool TWIN LAKES 20 Race Medal.
The presentation of the race awards will take place in the Event Village at 12:45. Award categories are:
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 but are reminded to stand clear of the route at all times and not to block the site entrance.
The minimum age for participants is 18 on race day.
You have the option to protect your booking with Booking Protect for a small fee at check out. 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:
You will be able to select this option at the checkout stage and download the latest coverage details. Registration Protection is provided by Booking Protect Ltd, www.bookingprotect.com and you should contact them directly about your policy and how to claim.
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.