Forest of Dean Trail Race

Running (offroad)

  • Forest of Dean, United Kingdom
  • 05. August, 2018
  • Rating:

    4.6/5

  • 1 Km

    Short
  • 10 Km

    Short
  • 21 Km

    Middle
  • 42 Km

    Long
1 Km Short
1 Km
10 Km Short
10 Km
21 Km Middle
21 Km
42 Km Long
42 Km

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Forest of Dean Trail Race

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1k Kids Race

10k - 1 lap

Half Marathon - 2 laps

Full Marathon - 4 laps

Races starts are

Full/Half - 0900 - chip timed

10k - 0930 - chip timed

1k - 0915

Race starts and finishes at the Speech House Hotel

Registration is open from 0700 at the pavilion on Speech House Field

Car Parking is on the field, entrance signposted off Speech House Road and is free

There will be FREE

Parking

Bag and key drop

Zorb Bubble football

Archery

Tug O' War

Sack Race

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colin johnstone

Completed in 2018

4.6

Fun in the forest

Forest of Dean Trail Race

This trail race was oranised as a replacement for the cancelled Gloucester Marathon/ half marathon.

Organisers kindly put on a free mini-bus to transport Gloucester participants to the race and back.

There was a good atmosphere in and around race HQ, with food outlets, massage tents, activities for youngsters and running merchandise for sale.

Race numbers were collection only. I got mine with minimal fuss but queues did form as race start time approaached. This resulted in a slight delay to the race. There was also very long queues for the toilets.

Baggage deposit/collection was straight forward, quick and easy.

This race had 10k, half marathon or full marathon options.There was also a 1km race so it was perfect for families.

Route was 6.55 mile loops on mostly decent paths. Course wasn't as flat as expected with a few hills here and there. There were also faster parts to enjoy. Sections of the course were on rough, bumpy ground but it's a trail race so it's ok.

Marathon meant 4x laps, with 2x laps for the half marathon and 1x lap for the 10k. I chose the marathon option.

Scenary was beautiful. The variety flat and hill on each lap kept it interesting, even on the 4th loop.

Water/feed stations were regular with I think, four on each lap. These contained bottles of water, enegy drink, banana, sweets and various things to eat.

Fair play to organisers because on a very hot day, they kept runners fully hydrated throughout.

Course support was very good at the start/end of each lap but dwindled out on course.This was a forest race so it was to be expected.

Marshals were awesome, as always.

Finishers recieved a nice, solid medal and protein drink powder.

Think a bit more nutrition beyond finish line would've been nice.

In summary-

This was a really good race and a great substitute for the cancelled Gloucester marathon. Full marks to the organisers.

The course wasn't as flat as expected, with a couple of hills to tackle.

It was however, very accurately measured.

Lapped races aren't to everybody's taste but the scenary made it ok.

Good atmosphere and a very enjoyable day.

Queues for toilets and number collection were quite long. Arriving earlier would solve this, I guess.

Thanks again for a great day. It is a race I would do again.

Posted on 06.08.18