Beware of Valentine runners on the Stamford roads

Jim Morris, Mark Popple, Vicky Old, Elaine Allwood, Maggie Skinner, Amy Williamson, James Skinner, Richard Skidmore
Jim Morris, Mark Popple, Vicky Old, Elaine Allwood, Maggie Skinner, Amy Williamson, James Skinner, Richard Skidmore
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Motorists are being warned of possible disruption on country roads around Stamford as the annual Valentine’s Race is held on Sunday.

The 18.6-mile race is a sell out with 751 runners signed up for the challenge which leaves Queen Eleanor School at 11am.

The run, in its 21st year, is seen as an important warm-up for those intending to tackle the London Marathon in April.

Listed in the top 10 races by Runners World, the hilly course starts and finishes at Stamford Queen Eleanor School and winds its way along country lanes through Little Casterton, Tolethorpe, Ryhall, Careby, Pickworth and Great Casterton.

Race director Becca Brown said: “If you are out on Sunday, February 17, and see runners taking part in the race, give them a cheer - it’s a tough course and the runners will appreciate some friendly encouragement to help get them round.”

A team of Stamford Striders will be out in force marshalling the race and manning water stations along the route. Motorists are advised to avoid the area between 11am and 3pm.

The annual event is held on the closest Sunday to Valentine’s Day and each km marker is in the shape of a heart. In keeping with the romance, prizes are given to the quickest couple to complete the course.