Westonbirt 10k FAQs

Updated 30th November 2022

Westonbirt 10K FAQs 

When does the Westonbirt 10K 2023 go on sale

The 2023 10K goes on sale on Wed 11 Jan, 9am. 

When is the event? 

The Westonbirt 10K takes place on Thursday 18 May 2023. 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 arrive onsite on time and make your way to the race start line.  

Can I enter on the day?  

No, the event is pre booking only. 

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.

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 in this race 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 5pm. Any spectators wishing to enter the arboretum before 5pm will be required to buy an admission ticket.  

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 Thursday 04 May, please contact us on customerrelations@forestryengland.uk 

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. 

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 and prizes will be awarded after the race. 

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 5pm on Monday 15 May.  

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

Yes, provided you let us know any changes by 5pm on Monday 15 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 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? 

Yes, we encourage you to use this event as a fundraising opportunity for a charity of your choice.

If you would like to fundraise for the arboretum, the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum charity (Registered Charity No. 293190) has a range of free guides to help you reach your fundraising PB. Raising funds for the Friends helps to stem the tide of biodiversity loss and to preserve, protect and grow trees both here in the UK and around the world. Your support means that every person has the opportunity to develop, nurture and grow their connection to nature and enables more people to access Westonbirt regardless of disability or other barriers to entry. Together, we protect trees and enrich lives. Find out more

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 or after the race.  

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. http://coursemeasurement.org.uk/detail.php?area=Midlands&no=2018414.