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The Bun Run 2021

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Event details

  • Date: Saturday, 11th September 2021
  • Time: 10:00am
  • Venue: Welbeck Estate ,Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3LL, United Kingdom
  • Max Entries: 1000
  • Distance: 5k & 10k - Run or Ramble (Walk)

BRAND NEW BEAUTIFUL TRAIL RUN  -  5k & 10k RUN  incorporating The BUN RUN RAMBLE - 5k & 10k walk 

This private country estate will be giving access to areas not normally open to the public and providing the opportunity to run (or walk) a 5k or 10k route through its beautiful parkland. Surround yourself in nature and enjoy this journey, either in peaceful bliss or surrounded by friends and family.

Welbeck, nestled within Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, is one of the great traditional landed estates. The course is undulating & includes a few hills from which you can enjoy outstanding views of beautiful English countryside. The ground is 100% tarmac/ flattened hardcore/ gravel on the 5k & 95% tarmac/ flattened hardcore/gravel on the 10k but on both courses there is a grass verge alongside the paths.

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The FINAL RACE INFORMATION can be found on this website page as a PDF. Please read this document carefully & click onto the ONLINE participant list to check all your personal details are correct.

The first “Bun Run” will take place on the historic estate of Welbeck, near Worksop, on Saturday 11th September in order to raise funds for The School of Artisan Food’s charitable work. A lot of baking takes place at the School, thus the name of this new annual event! 

As a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to artisan food production, the Welbeck-based School of Artisan Food helps people of all skill levels and all walks of life to learn about artisan and traditional food production. As part of this, it works closely with local voluntary groups and enterprises to support the  local community, including unemployed people and refugees. 

A portion of the entrance fee to take part in the Bun Run, alongside donations on the day, will help to raise money for bursaries, providing opportunities for upcoming bakers and food producers to study at the School.



The 15,000-acre estate surrounds the historic Welbeck Abbey and the 10k course takes in sweeping views of this magnificent building. The route circuits the park, designed in 1748, and crosses the picturesque great lake out into open countryside. It skims the deer park, where there’s the chance to look out for white deer, and returns via the Abbey & you will be lucky enough to go under the hidden Grotto Tunnel on the Estate. 


Meanwhile, the 5km course has a route that includes scenic countryside, skirting ancient woodland, forestry and farmland. The route also takes you past beautiful old lodges, and loops back to the heart of the estate. It's suitable for all family members who can run 5k or walk 1-1.5 hours - please note, for the little ones, there are a few hills to conquer.

Both routes take you past a tunnel entrance (part of the vast 10k tunnel complex that radiated out from the house built by The 5th Duke of Portland 1854-1879)

*Please note that Welbeck is a working estate and event participants are asked to remain on the marked route for their own safety and to protect livestock and wildlife. The estate is dedicated to conserving its flora and fauna and parts of the 15,000-acre estate are designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).


Welbeck’s history

Welbeck sits within an area known as the Dukeries. It gets this name from the four historic neighbouring ducal seats, which at their height covered 88,000 acres. Together the area had all the qualities of a self-contained world.

Welbeck Abbey, within the heart of the estate, was founded as a monastery back in 1153. After the dissolution of the monasteries, the Abbey was bought by Bess of Hardwick’s youngest son, Sir Charles Cavendish. It has since passed through the family and became the country seat to a succession of Dukes of Portland.

Family members included the 3rd Duke of Portland, who was twice Prime Minister, and the 5th Duke of Portland, who was famously known as the ‘burrowing duke’. He was responsible for commissioning an extraordinary range of buildings and a network of tunnels.

Today Welbeck continues to be a working estate and has ancient woodlands and forestry, lakes, farmland and grazing and has some of the country’s most important rural heritage buildings. It’s home to a range of businesses, artists, and food producers as well as The Harley Gallery, The Portland Collection Museum, The Harley Café, Welbeck Farm Shop and The School of Artisan Food.


START TIMES: These may be amended for the 2021 race:

  • 10:00am - 10k Canicross 
  • 10:10am - 10k Runners & Nordic Walkers 
  • 10:15am - 10k BUN RUN RAMBLE participants
  • 10.20am - 5k Canicross 
  • 10.25am - 5k Runners & Nordic Walkers
  • 10.30am - 5k BUN RUN RAMBLE participants

Please note there is a 3 hour time limit for the 10k BUN RUN RAMBLE to ensure the estate is secured and marshals can be stood down from their posts. Tail Walkers will follow last participants to offer support & stand marshals down. Event will expect to close at 2pm.



  • Child (Age 4 -15yrs) £10.00 
  • Adult (16yrs+) £15.00
  • Family (2 adults and 2 children)  £45
  • Canicross (Age 13yrs+) / Nordic Walking £15.00  


  • Adult Runner (14yrs+) £24.00
  • Canicross (Age 13yrs+) / Nordic Walking (Age 9yrs+) £24.00 
  • Ramble (Age 9yrs+) £24.00


Please note there will be £3 per car (not per person) carpark fee. 100% will go to registered charity no 1139632; The School of Artisan Food.

Aims & activities; The School of Artisan Food is an award-winning charity, dedicated to enthusing and helping people from all walks of life to learn about healthy, sustainable - and delicious - food. It offers bursaries and subsidies to make artisan food accessible to all; it works closely with local schools, colleges, voluntary organisations and social enterprises; it offers practical routes into employment in the artisan food sector; it preserves traditional methods of food production which might otherwise be lost. 

PLEASE bring cash to speed up the parking process & avoid queues.


There will be hot food and drinks available  - with gluten free and vegan options. Caterers to be confirmed.

Bring your supporters and a picnic blanket if the weather is good and they can sit on the lawns after the event at Race Village (COVID SAFETY GUIDELINES WILL APPLY AT THE TIME OF THE EVENT).

The Bun Run will have the following:

•10k RUN / RAMBLE (walk)

• 5k RUN / RAMBLE (walk)

•Chip timing

•Regular water stations around the course

•Route fully marshalled and signposted

•Distance markers

•Bespoke race finishers medal for everyone

•Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd man & woman on 5k & 10k RUN

•Trophy for 1st place in Canicross 5k & 10k 

•Other prizes to be confirmed

•Photographer will provide FREE photos to share & download

•Full medical provision

•Ideal for beginner through to elite

•Race village with hot food and beverages for sale

•Onsite parking - please car share to save our environment.

•Bespoke hoodies & t-shirts for sale


ENTRIES CLOSE SUNDAY 29th AUGUST (EXTENDED so still taking entries)


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