Westonbirt 10k FAQs

Updated 15th April 2021

Westonbirt 10K FAQs 

If you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 as outlined by the NHS or have been unwell in the last 14 days, please do not travel to the event and contact Forestry England Customer relations on customerrelations@forestryengland.uk to go through your options. 

Current NHS advice on coronavirus/Covid-19 can be found here

When is the event? 

The Westonbirt 10K takes place on Saturday 22nd May 2021. The race will begin promptly at 4pm. 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 spectators attend? 

No, due to current covid guidance spectators will not be permitted at the event. Unless you require assistance all runners must attend on their own. 

Can I enter on the day?  

No, the event has sold out. 

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. 

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. 

Who will the race operate? To help ensure social distancing the event will operate as a time trial with runners setting off at timed intervals. 

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 Wednesday 12th 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. Safety pins will be provided in your race pack. 

My race bib is for 2020? 

Yes, this is correct. This is the rearranged date for the 2020 Westonbirt 10K. 

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. Medals will be available on the day but prizes will be sent out to the address used when signing up for the event. 

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 Thursday 20 May. 

If you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 as outlined by the NHS or have been unwell in the last 14 days, please do not travel to the event and contact Forestry England Customer relations on customerrelations@forestryengland.uk to discuss options. Current NHS advice on coronavirus/Covid-19 can be found here.

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

Yes, provided you let us know any changes by 5pm on Thursday 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 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, you can. Our official charity for the Westonbirt 10K is the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum. All funds raised go directly into the work of Westonbirt Arboretum.  

Will there be food/water available? 

Due to the current Covid guidance there will be no water available on the course or at the finish. If you require water during the race you will need to carry your own. 

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