Westonbirt 10k FAQs

Updated 25th April 2019

When is the event?

The Westonbirt 10K takes place on Thursday 9th May 2019. A safety briefing will take place at 6:45pm and the race will begin promptly at 7pm. There will be no delayed start for late-comers and you may not be able to race if you arrive after the race start time. Please allow plenty of time to arrive onsite and make your way to the race start line.

Can I enter on the day?

There will be no registration on the day. This event proves very popular and is expected to sell out well before the event day so booking your space early is advised.

How do I know if I am registered?

You will receive a confirmation email once you have registered online. Please retain this as proof of your booking. If you have not received your email, please contact the Forestry Commission box office team on boxoffice@forestryengland.uk or 03000 680 400.

Can someone else book my place for me?

Yes, although they will need to have all of the required details for registration (participant name, race category etc.). All communication will be made via the booker.  

What is the difference between affiliated and unaffiliated?

Runners who are members of a UK Athletics affiliated running club are 'affiliated' runners; if you are not a member, then you are 'unaffiliated'.  

Can I enter a group into the event?

Yes, you can enter as a team although one person will need to make the booking on your behalf and must have all entrants’ details to hand (participant names, race category, email address etc.) All communication will be made via the booker.  

Can anyone register for the race?

As long as runners are aged 16 or older on the day of the event, we welcome all runners to take part in the event.

The course is suitable for wheelchairs. We recommend runners with a visual impairment have a guide runner. Information on guide runners can be found here https://www.englandathletics.org/disability-athletics/find-a-guide-database.

If you require a complimentary guide place or would like to discuss your specific requirements, please email us on boxoffice@forestryengland.uk

Can I walk the event?

The Westonbirt 10K is designed for runners but you are able walk part of the route if required. There will be a sweeper following the last runners to ensure the course behind is clear but there is no cut-off time.

Can I run with a dog?

No, running with dogs is not permitted in this race however we do offer CaniX events. Please see our website for more details.

Spectators are permitted to bring dogs but they must be on leads at all times and dogs must not enter the Old Arboretum.

Can I run with a buggy?

No, unfortunately we cannot allow pushchairs on the course due to safety reasons.

Are there toilets and changing facilities at the event?

Toilets are located at the Welcome Building and near the Great Oak Hall. There are no toilets located around the course.

We do not have any showers or changing facilities onsite.

How is the race timed?

The race will be chip-timed. All runners will be provided with a race number prior to the event, which contains the timing chip.

Will my race number be posted out to me?

Yes, you will receive your race pack including your race number approximately 2 weeks before the event. Your race number is your responsibility and replacements will not be available on the day of the event.

What should I do if I have not received my race number and timing chip in advance of the race?

If you have not received your race pack by Friday 26th April, please contact us on boxoffice@forestryengland.uk 03000 680 400

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 place the race number on the front of your vest/shirt and not on your leg or back. Safety pins will be provided in your race pack.

Are there prizes on offer at the event?

Yes, prizes will be awarded to the winners of each age category (senior male / female, veteran male / female). All runners will be presented with a medal at the finish line.

Can I wear headphones whilst running?

Yes, but please ensure you are aware of your surroundings and can clearly hear any instructions given to you by race stewards. 

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

Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds on race places. However, we do allow you to transfer your place to another participant (see below). The cut-off point for all place transfers is Midday on Tuesday 7th May.

Can I transfer my entry to a friend or family member?

Yes, provided you let us know any changes by Midday on Tuesday 7th May by contacting boxoffice@forestryengland.uk or calling 03000 680400. Please ensure you do let us know about any changes so that we have an accurate participant list. This is vital for safety reasons. If you are discovered using someone else’s race number you will be removed from the race and banned from all future sporting events. If you have already received your race pack, you must pass this onto the new participant.

Can I fundraise for charity?

Our official charity for the Westonbirt 10K is the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum. All funds raised go directly into the work of Westonbirt Arboretum. If FOWA fundraisers raise over £50 they will receive early-bird entry to next year’s 10K. Fundraisers who raise over £90 will also receive an exclusive Westonbirt 10K t-shirt. Once you have registered for the race set up your fundraising page here: www.fowa.org.uk/10K

Will there be food/water available?

Yes, there will be water stations at the halfway point and finish line. There will also be standpipes for you to refill your own water bottles. There will be a number of catering units selling food such as burgers, falafel and chips.

Do I have to pay for parking?

No, parking is free for this event.

Has the course been officially measured as 10K?

Yes, the course was measured by the Association of UK Course Measurers in August 2018 and is a registered 10K distance. http://coursemeasurement.org.uk/detail.php?area=Midlands&no=2018414.

Where can I view photos after the event?

Photos from Charles Whitton Photography will be available after the 10K from: https://www.charleswhittonphotography.com/westonbirt-arboretum-10k-9519