After poor weather conditions forced last year's event to be cancelled, organisers of the St. Valentine's 30K in Stamford, Lincolnshire are hoping the heavens are a little kinder this Sunday when it celebrates its 20th staging. With a matter of days before the race, 742 runners have already registered, 128 of which are taking part as a valentine 'pair.'
Despite gallant efforts by members of Stamford Striders to clear the route last year, the event had to be called off for the first time in its history amid health and safety concerns. As a means of ensuring runners can celebrate the 20th anniversary this year, a back-up date has been arranged in case the snow returns before Sunday.
Starting and finishing at the Queen Eleanor School in Stamford, the course winds its way through Little Casterton, Tolethorpe, Ryhall, Careby, Pickworth and Great Casterton on a challenging and undulating route. In keeping with the romantic spirit, each of the km markers are shaped like a heart, with prizes also given to every couple who complete the 30k.
Becca Brown, who has taken over from Nick Wells as race director, said she is looking forward to Sunday's race: 'We're all determined to make 2013 the best year yet and it's great that we can also celebrate the fact it will be the 20th race we have held. If you are out on Sunday and see the runners taking part in the race, give them a cheer and some encouragement - it's a tough course and they will appreciate some friendly encouragement to get them round."
More infromation is available on the Stamford Striders website.