Westonbirt 10k FAQs

Westonbirt 10k FAQs

Updated 15th January 2024

Westonbirt 10K FAQs 

When is the event?  

The Westonbirt 10K takes place on Thursday 23 May 2024. The run will begin promptly at 7:00pm. There will be no delayed start for late-comers, and you may not be able to run if you arrive after the start time. Please arrive onsite on time and make your way to the start line.   

Can I enter on the day?   

No, the event is pre booking only.  

Can anyone register for the 10K?   

Runners must be aged 16 or older on the day of the event.   

We recommend runners with a visual impairment have a guide runner. Information on guide runners can be found at www.englandathletics.org  

If you require a complimentary guide place or would like to discuss your specific requirements, please email us on customerrelations@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, however we do offer CaniX events. Please see our website for more details.   

Can I run with a buggy?   

Yes, but we ask that all buggy runners start from the rear of the field for the safety of themselves and other runners.   

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.   

Can spectators attend?  

Yes. Spectators will be able to access the arboretum from 5:00pm and will not be required to pre book a ticket. Any spectators wishing to enter the arboretum before 5:00pm will be required to pre book online or pay for an admission ticket at the Welcome Building.   

Can I hire a mobility scooter for a spectator?

Yes, you can hire a mobility scooter by contacting our team directly on customerrelations@forestryengland.uk  

How is the 10K timed?   

The 10K will be chip timed. All runners will be provided with an allocated number prior to the event, which contains the timing chip.  

Will my allocated number be posted out to me?   

Yes, you will receive your run pack including your number approximately two weeks before the event. Your 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 number and timing chip in advance?   

If you have not received your run pack by Thursday 05 May, please contact us on customerrelations@forestryengland.uk  

How do I attach my timing chip and allocated number?   

Your timing chip is incorporated into your number and should not be removed. Please place the number on the front of your vest/shirt and not on your leg or back.  

Are there prizes on offer at the event?   

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

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 stewards.  

I cannot make it, can I get a refund?   

Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds. However, we do allow you to transfer your place to another participant (see below). The cut-off point for all place transfers is Monday 20 May at 5:00pm.  

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

Yes, provided you let us know any changes by 5:00pm on Monday 20 May by contacting customerrelations@forestryengland.uk. 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 number you will be removed from the run and banned from all future sporting events. If you have already received your run pack, you must pass this onto the new participant.  

Can I fundraise for charity?  

Yes, you can. Our official charity for the Westonbirt 10K is the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum. All funds raised go directly into supporting the work taking place at Westonbirt Arboretum. For more details please visit www.fowa.org.uk/10K  

Will there be food/water available?  

Water will be available at the midpoint on the course and at the finish. Free tap water will also be available at the finish so please bring your own bottle to fill to help us reduce waste.  

A small offering of hot and cold drinks and cake will be available to purchase before and after the run.   

Will there be a bag drop?  

There will be no bag drop available.  

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.