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Burn Valley Half Marathon & Fun Run

UKA licence: 2017-27396

Welcome to the Burn Valley Half Marathon, one the most scenic and demanding races in England. After a break of four years the race is now being organised by Ripon Runners and, as in previous years, it starts and finishes in the market town of Masham – the gateway to Wensleydale.

Sunday 9 July, 2017

Start time: 10:00 am

Race numbers: Handed out on the day at race HQ (Masham Town Hall) with a re-usable shoe tag for race timing

Entry fees: £16.00 (running clubs members), £18.00 (unattached runners)


Note: If you are concerned that you didn’t receive confirmation when you entered online, please read the Online Entry System Explained before contacting the Race Director.

Paper entries: Download a form

Minimum age: 17


Fun run

Details to follow.


Male and female WC available at Masham Town Hall and Masham Square public WCs.

  • Masham Town Hall – Registration, ladies changing in Committee Room and mixed toilets (3 x F, 1 x M + 4 urinals, 1 disabled)
  • Masham Primary School – mens changing (and toilets TBC)

Conditions of entry

No refunds. No use of iPods or MP3 players, or use of any device that might affect your ability to hear a race marshal’s instructions.

Runner safety

We take our duty of care responsibilities very seriously to ensure you, and all support personnel involved in the race, have a safe and enjoyable day. That’s our bit!

As an entrant you have a responsibility to ensure you are properly prepared, adequately trained, and fit. If you are unsure how to do this there is excellent advice and help on this website:

Chip timing

Re-usable shoe tags, which along with race numbers, will be handed out on the day. Please follow the fitting instructions carefully. If no tag is fitted, your time will not be recorded.

Race headquarters

Masham Town Hall


Note: Please do not park in the Town Square. There is plenty of parking listed below that is only minutes away from race HQ.

Please park in one of these locations:

  • In I’Anson’s mill yard off Thorpe Road (Post code HG4 4JB, GR SE 225 802). There is a track opposite the mill that leads around to the left and emerges in the town square via the King’s Head yard. Note: Use of I’Anson’s mill yard is at your own risk.
  • The Shooting Holme, next to the bridge and river (HG4 4DD, GR SE 226 811), can also be used for parking. There is an honesty box near the tarmac access road.

The course (race map)

The course is run entirely on minor roads. Starting in Masham market square and taking you through the grounds of Swinton Castle, one of our main sponsors, the course then follows the picturesque Burn Valley.

It rises to the Leeds Pals war memorial near the top of Breary Banks. From there it drops down past Spout House Farm and returns via Colsterdale and the villages of Healey and Fearby. Turning right at Fearby Cross there is a fast downhill section before climbing back to Swinton Castle, just 1.5 miles from the finish at Masham School.

There are drinks stations at Swinton Castle and Kell Bank Primary School, Pine Wood Manor, Pasture House, Kell Bank and Swinton Castle. There will also be medical facilities at Kell Bank School.

The course is not suitable for wheelchairs, prams or pushchairs. A route map will be displayed at Race HQ on the day.