Stamford Striders’ St Valentine 30k race celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend.
The event takes place on Sunday (11am) and is the highlight of the Stamford club’s racing calendar.
Starting and finishing at Stamford’s Welland Academy, the course winds its way through Little Casterton, Tolethorpe, Ryhall, Careby, Pickworth and Great Casterton on a challenging rural undulating route.
The popularity of the event means it is already fully booked and race director Mark Alderson is hoping for another action-packed race.
He said: “The race is recognised nationally as a tough event, providing a good training run for those planning a spring marathon.
“It is always very popular and has become well-known for the enthusiastic marshals and efficient organisation across the board.
“It is a runners’ race, organised for runners by runners – we know what people want and how they want it.”
The race has worked its way up to ninth in the Runners World list of 100 top UK races from feedback from entrants. The race entry limit of 750 runners is has again been reached.
The men’s course record is currently held by Aaron Scott of Notts AC who produced a fantastic time of 1hr 37mins 52secs in 2014.
There are also accolades for age and team categories plus £100 for beating course records.