Leicestershire, 2 & 3 November 2019
The toughest of all Wolf Runs, Winter Wolf 2018 returns to Stanford Hall. Designed for the hardiest of you as a demanding step up embracing the harsh bite of Winter. The once refreshing streams and lakes become brutal and challenging with the ice cold water. This event will help you push yourself to a different level.
Those courageous few who complete all four seasons in 2018 will become Alpha Wolves and are presented with a prestigious medal by our Wolf Run team.
Celebrate with friends and family in our event village and heated marques. Relive the action with indoor TV screens showing live footage from around the course. Hot chocolate stands compliment the usual facilities including Wolf Pack bar, food stalls.
The Car Park is located next to the event field. Please remember there will be a £5 per car, £10.00 per minibus parking charge collected by the Stanford Hall estate on entry to the grounds. Please have the right change ready to prevent queuing. Please note that all cars are left at the owner’s risk.";
Buses & Coaches
Coach parking is extremely limited and must be booked in advance. The parking fee for a coach/bus is £50. Alternatively there is drop off and collection point. Please email to let us know if you are coming by coach.
Wolf Run Site
The Wolf Run takes place on privately owned properties which include working farmland. The private estate; farmhouse and outbuildings that can be seen from the event area are completely out of bounds. Dogs are not allowed.
Registration opens at 9am. You will see signs for the registration tent from the car park. Once at the tent, you must read and sign a legal disclaimer. There are plently of these (and pens) in or infront of the registration tent. Hand this in to receive your runner number and wristband. Please then complete your medical details section on the reverse of your runner number prior to attaching it to the front of your running top (safetly pins are provided). Runners must be registered at least an hour before their start time.
To save time, you can print out, read and sign your Wolf Run Disclaimer in advance and bring it with you on the day.
You can also ask the WR staff to write your number onto your arm/chest/forehead with permanent marker, so if you lose your runner number on course, you will still be able to find your Wolf Run photos when searching the Peachysnaps site.
Photo ID Required
If you are fortunate enough to look under 25, you will be asked for proof of age and photo ID will be required.
Car Keys and Bags
Where possible, please leave all bags in cars. The team at the key drop tent can take a very limited number of bags, but this is only for runners who do not have access to a car. Car keys should be placed in the personalised envelope that you receive when you register and handed in at the key/bag drop. They will only be handed back to the individual whose name is on the envelope, so please don’t assume that a pack member who finishes before you can pick up your car keys! There is a ‘Check In’ point to hand in your keys and a ‘Check Out’ point to collect your keys. Priority will be given to runners checking out. All keys and bags are left at the owners risk and Lionheart Events is not liable for any loss or damage to such property. The key drop facility is free of charge, however if you wish to make a donation to our partner charity you can do so here. Staff from the charity will be on hand to discuss and give an overview of their work.
A safety briefing and warm up session will be given to each wave before they start. You will be called to this 20 minutes prior to your wave time. Any runner who misses this briefing cannot take part in the Wolf Run so please make sure you are registered and at the start area at least half an hour before your start time. The Wolf Run is classified as an extreme event for several reasons:
- The ground is very uneven - please be careful where you put your feet when running.
- The mud is very deep in areas and very thick - please tighten your shoelaces or risk loosing a shoe.
- Please keep an eye on head height branches as you run through woodland and watch your eyes.
- When you tackle the obstacles, please ask the marshals for help where needed and follow their directions at all times.
- Our swim section looks fairly short and easy. However, it’s very cold indeed and exhausting even for fairly strong swimmers. If you are not a confident swimmer please take the alternative route indicated by the marshals. If you get into trouble whilst swimming please raise a hand in the air and wait for the lifeguard to come out to you.
Course Map and Markers
There will be a course map near the Registration area that will show the location of the obstacles. Kilometer markers will also be included on the course.
There is a water stop half way around the Wolf Run course.
The finish line is very close to the start area. When you have crossed the finish line, you will be presented with your goodie bag and your Wolf Run finisher’s shirt.
Water hoses will be available to get the worst of the mud off. Please bring your own towels (and a change of clothes) - baby/face wipes are also good for getting mud off!
Wolf Run After-Party
The Wolf Run After-Party will run throughout the day. There will be a bar selling Wolf Beer, usual alcoholic favourites and soft drinks. Our in house DJ keeping the atmosphere pumping in the main tent. There will be delicious hot and cold food available to purchase, including a local pig roast, baked potatoes and sandwiches. We have entertainment for the children too.
How should I differ my training for a Winter Wolf?
Your basic training should not differ hugely but it is especially important to make sure you have acclimatised to the seasonal weather and that you are used to being exposed to the cold and wet. Assuming you are covering the distance in training, begin to introduce the conditions. Do this responsibly but training with wet clothing and footwear is very important for a cold weather event.
The easiest way to do this is to make sure you go out for a run if it rains and don’t dodge the puddles! Make the most of the wet grass in the park and put some rolls and dynamic core exercises into your shuttles to get your body used to it. If this is a new experience for you, try to train with someone, an instructor and/or with your pack. Remember to warm up well and get into dry warm clothes as soon as you finish. More advice is available on our training page.
Don’t train in deep water without proper supervision.
Our swim section looks fairly short and easy. However, it is very cold indeed and exhausting even for fairly strong swimmers. If you are not a confident swimmer, please take the alternative route indicated by the marshals. If you get into trouble while swimming, please raise a hand in the air and wait for the lifeguard to come out to you.
Camping is currently only available at the Summer Wolf Run at Stanford Hall in June.
Money: Cash Machines
ATM; cash withdrawal facilities available on site for Spring; Summer; Autumn; Cash withdrawal is available from the Wolf Run Shop at Winter Wolf.
Toilet facilities will be available including disabled and baby changing facilities. We provide a good number of toilets but there is ALWAYS a queue just before the Run kicks off, as 3000 people all have a last minute loo stop! Please arrive earlier if you don’t want to queue!
All runners must wear suitable footwear: enclosed shoes so that toes and feet are fully protected, with decent soles. Trail running shoes are recommended but running trainers are also fine. Absolutely no spikes on any running shoes! Please note: if you are not wearing suitable footwear, you may not be allowed to run, so if you have any queries about footwear please email us in advance on .
If running with a GoPro it’s a good idea to insert a note with your name and number in the waterproof casing.
Runners should be aware of the weather forecast and bring appropriate clothing. Good quality running gear is recommended. Sunglasses and watches will get lost if they are not secured. iPods will definitely not survive the mud and water! A change of warm clothes, shoes and towel should also be in your kit bag.
For the Winter Wolf we suggest that long sleeve tops or base layers are a good idea to keep the chill off and they help to save your arms from scratches too. You will be getting wet and muddy so think about clothing that will not hold the water and become heavy! Warm hats and gloves are a great idea for running on cold days. Remember, you must bring dry warm clothes to change into after the event!
Check out our Wolf Run Shop for ideas on what to wear at the Winter Wolf. We will have our full range of running gear at the event along with last minute essentials such as hats and gloves!
We are happy to welcome runners wearing fancy dress. However, your costume has to be Wolf Run course-friendly - there are obstacles including deep water and tunnels that would be tricky in a very large costume! We reserve the right to restrict or ban inappropriate fancy dress costumes.
We welcome spectators at The Wolf Run. There is a lot on offer for spectators including; big screen showing the course obstacles, many food and drink options, games, live music and a D.J. We kindly request that spectators stay in permitted areas at all times, and do not obstruct the course.
If you find any lost property at the Wolf Run, please hand it in at the info desk or to the DJ in the main marquee registration area. If you lose property please go to the info desk to report it lost.
Event photography is provided by Colin and Andy from Peachysnaps. If you see them on the course - smile! Their photos will be available to buy in hard copy or as a Facebook profile shot by the Wednesday after the Run. Links to the photos will be posted on the Wolf Run Photos page and our Facebook page. A notification will be sent to your email address and social media announcements will be made when they are ready to view.
If the course is reviewed prior to the Wolf Run and deemed unsafe due to extreme weather conditions, we will reschedule the event. The course is reviewed in the week before the Wolf Run and on the Friday before the event. Please check the website and Facebook in addition to your emails for updates in the week before the Wolf Run. If we were forced to delay the event, we would email you as soon as the decision is taken and you would be given the option of attending the rescheduled event or another Wolf Run at a later date.
We would not automatically cancel/postpone any run due to bad weather and all but the most uncharacteristically adverse weather would be of little hindrance to the run itself. We reserve the authority to eliminate areas of the course that would be unsafe in bad weather such as a swim section in extremely low temperatures, or woodland in extremely high wind. These decisions could be announced on the morning of the event or even during the run where necessary, but conditions will always be monitored in the build-up and throughout our events.
Accidents and Injuries
There will be doctors in attendance with a full medical team to deal with any accidents or injuries.
Any more Questions? Contact the Wolf Run team
Location & Directions
Stanford Hall is brilliantly located right in the heart of England with access to all train lines, motorways and airports (50 minutes from Euston, 1 hour from the base of the M1 and 35 minutes from Birmingham International Airport). There are easy links to the A14 at junction 1, the M6 at junction 1, the M1 at junction 20 via the Lutterworth Road from Swinford, and the A5 via Rugby Road and Shawell Lane. Wolf Run signs on the roads near the event location will guide you directly to the site on the day.