IML Walking Association Event

Waendel Weekend


Place: United Kingdom - England, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
Date: the second weekend of May


To avoid the frustration of long queues at registration it is highly recommended that you register in advance.
  • by internet
  • by downloading a registration form from the website
  • by post from Waendel Weekend, C/o Box Office, The Castle, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire NN8 1XA England
  • in person from the Borough Council of Wellingborough offices, The Castle Box Office, Wellingborough Museum and The Library
  • on the day at the registration/start desk


In advance one day £4 and two days £6 On the spot £5 and £7
Friday Friendship Walk £1


KM Starting time Starting place Finishing time Finishing place
Marathon ± 42 km 07.00 to 09.00 am The Castle 06.00 pm The Castle
IML walk ± 25km 07.30 to 11.00 am The Castle 06.00 pm The Castle
Middle Distance Walk ± 15 km 09.00 to 12.00 pm The Castle 06.00 pm The Castle
Short Walk ± 10 km 09.30 to 12.00 pm The Castle 06.00 pm The Castle
Mini Walk ± 5 km 10.00 to 12.00 pm The Castle 06.00 pm The Castle
Friday Opening Parade & Friendship Walks ± 10 km & ± 5 km 06.00 pm The Castle 09.00 pm The Castle
Saturday Waendel Swim 06.00 pm Waendel Leisure Centre 08.30 pm Waendel Leisure Centre

Track and weather conditions

Description of tracks (road, landscape)

The weekend will include a choice of 5, 10, 15, 25 and 42 km routes for walkers and 25 and 42 km routes for cyclists, giving everyone an opportunity to sample different parts of the local countryside on Saturday and Sunday.  Walkers use a combination of footpaths, fields and roads visiting picturesque villages and the rolling English countryside. Special 25 km & 42 km all road routes are available for cyclists and walkers.  The 5km route is aimed at those people who wish to take part in the event for the first time, wheelchair users and families. There is also a Waendel swim on Saturday.

Good care

Food, drink and toilets are available at control points on the routes at regular intervals.
There is free entertainment at The Castle where participants can meet in a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy friendship and camaraderie.  Friendship opening parade and 5 and 10km charity fun walk on Friday


It is springtime and normally the weather is good, however, English weather is unpredictable and can change without warning.  Be prepared for all types of weather sunshine and showers.
Average daytime temperature is around 13 degrees celsius.

Souvenir - Award

Souvenir Waendal medals, ribbons and badges are available to purchase according to the number of years that a participant has walked that distance.   Award fee in advance £2 and on the spot £2.50.  Distance certificates no charge.


Awards are available from the IML and IVV desk


- by flight: Luton , Birmingham, East Midlands, Heathrow, Gatwick & Stansted Airports
- by boat: Dover, Harwich and Felixstowe.
- by train: Euro star, London St Pancras Station
- by car: M1, M6 and A14
- by channel tunnel Calais to Folkstone


- hotel: visit website for local hotel and guest house information
- camping: Old Grammarians and Redwell Leisure Centre
- sports hall: Old Grammarians, Redwell Leisure Centre and for the Military only Weavers Leisure Centre


- a Waendel bus service is available from The Castle, Castle Way to Redwell and Weavers Leisure Centres

Tourist information about the surroundings

Wellingborough is a market town with a vibrant economy, located 130 km from London, in the Nene Valley and surrounded by rural areas and attractive villages. Within easy distance from major tourist attractions London, Stratford upon Avon, Cambridge, Oxford, Nottingham and Birmingham.   Wellingborough is close to Northampton which is famous for its shoe making


Website :

General information

The language: English
The money (currency): pound sterling (GBP)


International Waendel Walk
Borough Council of Wellingborough
Council Offices
Tithe Barn Road
Northamptonshire   NN8  1BP
United Kingdom
tel. +44 19 33 22 97 77
fax: +44 19 33 23 17 61