Race Info

EVENT DATE: 19th March 2023

RACE START: 09:00 am

DISTANCES: 10-Mile or 20-Mile

SUPERFAST, TRAFFIC-FREE COURSE

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.

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EVENT DATE

Sunday 19th March 2023

RACE START

09:00 am

ENTRY COST 10-MILE:

  • £30:00 Non-Affiliated Runner
  • £28:00 UKA Affiliated Runner

Affiliation means a member of a club affiliated with a National Association (e.g. England Athletics, Scottish Athletics, etc.)

ENTRY COST 20-MILE:

  • £34:00 Non-Affiliated Runner
  • £32:00 UKA Affiliated Runner

Affiliation means a member of a club affiliated with a National Association (e.g. England Athletics, Scottish Athletics, etc.)

REGISTRATION

  • Enter before Monday 27th February at midnight and you can collect your bib in advance of the event.
  • Enter after 27th February and before Tuesday 15th March at midnight to have your number ready for collection at the Race HQ.

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.

RACE HQ

Willen Lake, V10 Brickhill Street, Milton Keynes, MK15 0DS.

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     RACE ROUTE

The 20-mile race will be two laps.

The TWIN LAKES 20 is a friendly event organised by Dirt Running who have been organising trail races since 2009, making sure you have the best day possible.

This race is an ideal training run for anyone running a Spring half marathon or full marathon.

TIMING
This event will be chip timed using state-of-the-art disposable timing chips attached to the reverse of your running number.

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.

LATE STARTERS
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.

 

RACE PERMIT
Permit Reference TRA/5189. The race will be run under UKA rules

GETTING TO WILLEN LAKE

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 ]

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BAGGAGE
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.

CHANGING
You will be able to use the toilets at Splash N Play and at the new Watersport Centre to change.

TERRAIN
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.

REFRESHMENTS
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.

WATER STOPS

We will have regular Aid Stations.

  • Aid Stations 10-MILE: Mile 3, 6.5 and at the finish
  • Aid Stations 20-MILE: Mile 3, 6.5, 10, 13, 16.5 and at the finish
  • Aid Stations will offer water in cups

LITTER
Please put all the rubbish in the bins provided and only drop litter at the Aid Stations or give it to a course marshal.

PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ANY LITTER OR GEL WRAPPERS ON THE COURSE.

TOILETS
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.

MERCHANDISE
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 monthly. We will be selling merchandise on Race Day.

iTAB
iTab purchases will automatically be posted a few days after the event. You do not need to do anything.

EVENT REGISTRATION
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.

FINISHERS T-SHIRT

All finishers will receive a TWIN LAKES 20 Technical T-Shirt from Ladies’ size 10 to Unisex 2XL. Select your size when you enter.

FINISHERS MEDAL

We are so excited to unveil our 2023 TWIN LAKES 20 medal.

AWARDS 10-MILE
Award categories are:

  • First 3 Men
  • First 3 Ladies
  • Awards will be presented at 10:30

AWARDS 20-MILE
Award categories are:

  • First 3 Men plus MV40, MV50, MV60, MV70
  • First 3 Ladies plus FV35, FV45, FV55, FV65
  • The first team of 5 runners (can be mixed) from the same club
    Runners may win more than one award.
  • Awards will be presented at 11:15

NUMBER TRANSFERS
Please see the FAQs

SPECTATORS
Spectators are welcome on the course but are reminded to follow the latest UK Government social distancing guidelines.

REGISTRATION PROTECTION

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
  • Work relocation
  • And more

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 the 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.

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