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Forest Runner 2021 FAQs

What Covid-19 safety measures will be in place?

All of our races will be managed in accordance with UK Athletics guidelines and Covid protocols. Participants must follow the latest UK government COVID-19 guidance in place at the time of the event. Please also visit our website for our coronavirus visitor safety guide.

How do I enter a race?

You can enter online via forestryengland.uk/forest-runner. The links to each race are available on the individual event pages on this site.

Can I enter on the day?

No, unfortunately we cannot offer entries on the day. In order to keep the event as Covid secure as possible, entries close 2 weeks prior to each event so we can arrange postage of race packs and packing of goody bags etc. in advance. 

How do I know if I am entered?

When you book online you will receive a confirmation email and e-ticket attachment. If you have not received this, please contact customerrelations@forestryengland.uk

When will I receive my race pack?

You should receive your race pack within 10 days prior to the event. Your race pack will include details about the race including directions, parking and facilities onsite.

How do I attach my timing chip and race number?

Your timing chip is incorporated into your race number and should not be removed. Please attach your race number to the front of your running top or vest, securing all four corners. Please do not attach your number to the back of your shirt, or your leg, as it is difficult for marshals to identify you.

Can someone else enter for me or can I enter a group?

Yes, you can enter online on behalf of others, as long as all the required information is submitted for each participant.

Can anyone enter a race?

Our events are designed both for those new to running and experienced athletes. The 10k race distance has a minimum age limit of 16 years and the 5k race has a minimum age of 12 years. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept any runners under the specified age band.

Do you have an attached/affiliated entry fee?

Yes. If you are a member of a UK Athletics affiliated running club you can select this option when registering online and submit your club reference code for a discount.

Is car parking included in the ticket price?

Yes, parking charges are included in the price and will allow you 3 hours of parking or admission. More details will follow in your race pack.

Can I amend my registration details?

Any amendments to participant details must be made 10 days in advance of the event via email to customerrelations@forestryengland.uk

I cannot make the race, can I get a refund?

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer refunds. If you purchased refund protection you can claim a refund at https://bookingprotect.com/apply-for-a-refund/ subject to Booking Protect terms and conditions.

Can I transfer my entry to a friend?

You can transfer your place to another person, as long as you inform customerrelations@forestryengland.uk of the change (including full details of the new participant) no later than 2 weeks before the event.

It is your responsibility to pass on your race number if you are giving your place to someone else. It is an extreme safety hazard to run under another person's race number. Any participant found running under another person's number without notifying us will risk disqualification from this and future events.

For health and safety reasons we need to ensure that the event organiser has all the details of the runners on the day in case of a medical incident.

Have the courses been officially measured as 10k?

All the events are on forest paths and will be measured with a calibrated bike,however a measurement certificate will not be held as this is not required for trail terrain.

How are the events timed?

All races will be chip timed using the latest timing technology. Our event partners Events of the North will manage the timings on the day. Due to poor connectivity in some of the forests, results will be emailed out within 24 hours and then be uploaded to the Forestry England website.

What will the route terrain be like?

All of the race routes vary but will take place within Forestry England land, the trails are a majority of forest tracks with some muddy off-road sections and some tarmac paths and private road sections.

How will I know which way to go?

There will be course signage and marshals at all key junctions to ensure you don't get lost.

Are the routes accessible for wheelchair athletes?

The trail surface and the gradients of the routes vary, please check with us at customerrelations@forestryengland.uk and we can provide more detail about the terrain.

Can I enter with a guide runner?

Yes. For those participants who use a guide runner, the guide runner must also be a registered participant. Please contact customerrelations@forestryengland.uk and a free entry place will be provided to the guide runner.

The Run Together website can help you locate a suitable  guide runner.

Can I run with a buggy? 

Only at limited sites where course and conditions allow. Please check with us beforehand if you would like to run with a buggy. We ask that all buggy runners start from the rear of the field for the safety of themselves and other runners.

Can I run with my dog?

No. This series is in partnership with Events of the North who are affiliated with UK Athletics. UK Athletics' rules prohibit dogs in races.

Can I walk the event?

The 10k events are designed for runners but you are able to walk the route when you need to. There will a sweeper following the last runners to ensure the course is clear but there is no cut-off time.

Can I wear headphones whilst running?

Headphones are allowed as the events are taking place 'off-road' on routes closed to traffic. We request you use bone conduction headphones where possible, so you can hear marshal instructions.  

At Salcey Forest and Bedgebury Pinetum, only bone conduction headphones are allowed as part of these courses have a road crossing that is not closed to traffic.  UKA do not allow in-ear headphones for an event that utilises a road that isn’t closed to traffic. Please read your race pack instructions for more details of each race. Please note you must be able to hear the marshal's instructions and other runners around you at all times.

Will food and water be available?

Water will be provided in sealed containers at the finish for all runners and at half-way water stations on the 10K routes.  Please dispose of the water containers as close to the litter areas on the course as possible to help us keep the forest tidy. You can also bring your own re-useable water bottles where possible to help us reduce waste.

There will also be either onsite cafes or catering facilities available at sites serving hot drinks and light snacks. 

Are there toilets and changing facilities at the events?

All our events will have toilet facilities but not all events will include changing facilities. Please check the individual forest pages and the 'visitor information' section to check on-site facilities and refer to your race pack details for each race.

Will there be a secure baggage area?

There will be an undercover bag drop but this will not be very secure. It will be accessible to runners only and you must be wearing your race number to access it.
We advise you to keep your valuables at home or in your vehicle.

Is there First Aid at the event?

Yes, there will be a fully trained team of First Aid medics who will respond to any First Aid incidents.

I don’t feel well or have an injury, should I run the race?

If you feel unwell or are carrying an injury, we strongly recommend not running. If you are unsure if you are fit to run, please view the Runner’s Medical Resource website.

Are there prizes on offer at the event?

All finishers will be offered a medal and a goody bag with solid oak trophies for first, second, third male and female.

Can my friends and family come and watch?

We are discouraging spectators to our running events at present, in order to keep our visitors and staff safe and enable us to follow Covid-secure protocols.

Can I fundraise for a charity?

You are welcome to fundraise for any registered charity of your choice.

Cancellations

Our events will only be cancelled as a result of new government Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines or if there are severe weather conditions, for example, high winds.  Make sure you are suitably dressed for the event, some of the best events happen in the rain! If the event has to be cancelled due to severe weather, you will be notified the day before the event via email.

Where can I read the full terms and conditions? 

Please read our full event terms and conditions. c

How can I get in touch?

The best way to get in touch with our team is via email customerrelations@forestryengland.uk (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm). If you are unable to email us, call 03000 680400 where a call-back service may be in place. Thanks for your patience.