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2019 Burn Valley Half Marathon

UKA licence: 2019-36771

Welcome to the Burn Valley Half Marathon, one the most scenic and demanding races in England. After a break of several 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. The race is also now part of the Ripon Runners Hornblower Series (follow the link to enter the series).

Sunday 7 July, 2019

Start time: 10:00 am

All the information you will need about the race is shown below, including maps of the race route, town square and parking, which you can download.

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

Entry fees: £17.00 (running clubs members), £19.00 (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

Race information: Download a PDF of the race information.

Minimum age: 17


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.


Transfer of race number: not permitted on the day; however this is possible if you email the recipient’s full entry details, as listed below to by Friday 5 July:

Date of birth
Gender (if not obvious from name)
Email address
Phone number
Club (if required)

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 (start/finish map)

Masham Town Hall


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, not toilet access

Parking (map)

Note: Please do not park in the Town Square. The designated parking is only a few minutes away from race HQ.

Please park on the Shooting Holme (big open field), next to the bridge and river (HG4 4DS, GR SE 226 811). 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.