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Forest of Dean Half Marathon Race Review

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Georgia gave this race her all, and was rewarded with an extraordinary performance – winning the UK Trail Championship with an astounding advantage over her nearest opponent.

Speech House Hotel marks the starting and finishing points for this race that runs a loop of well-kept forest trails with gentle inclines. All runners will follow a course which has been fully signed and marshaled.

Start & Finish

Lums Pond State Park will serve as both starting and finishing areas, taking runners through an array of winding forest trails showcasing both deciduous and evergreen trees.

At packet pick-up and the starting line on race day, runners will receive a map of the course. To reduce congestion during the initial miles of the course, participants will be split into waves according to their anticipated finish time and are required to start in their assigned wave. If you cannot attend packet pickup personally, you may authorize someone else to collect your packet on your behalf; please ensure they understand that all information on your bib belongs exclusively to you if this option is chosen.

The course will be fully marked with mile markers and flags, with marshalled critical intersections along its path. Beginning from Speech House, runners will traverse multi-terrain trails as well as some road segments before arriving at Speech House where this event will conclude. It is advised to wear comfortable running shoes.

Forest Runners, a local athletic club dedicated to raising funds for charitable causes within the Forest of Dean, organize this race and donate all profits made from it to local organizations supporting individuals living with mental and physical disabilities.

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Route

This course includes beautiful woodland trails, riverside paths and the iconic 2km Tunnel – creating an unparalleled running experience in the Forest of Dean! Be it your 6k distance goal or trying our Marathon route; there's something here for all runners at this event.

Start from Speech House, an historic 17th Century Hunting Lodge and Verderers Court – then venture through the ancient forests of Forest of Dean into its ancient forests for a run along paved and natural surfaced tracks with some minor inclines and slopes.

All runners will have access to refreshments at our hydration stations along the course, managed by Precision Hydration. At the finish line they will also receive a unique finisher's medal!

There are three distance options to choose from; 6km, 10km and Half Marathon. All courses will pass through stunning forest trails as well as picturesque villages and towns on a fully marked and marshalled course, making sure participants of all skill levels enjoy themselves safely and enjoyably.

The marathon course is a two-lap affair with a strict three hour cut off time limit on lap two. It follows the same route as Spring Trails Half Marathon but crosses over River Wye at an earlier spot to provide runners with beautiful riverside paths and woodland trails to run on their journey back up Offa's Dyke Path and into Highmeadow Woods to finish by crossing over its famous swing bridge.

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Bib & Finisher’s Medal

Racers must wear a bib during all events that feature timing tags to track their time as they cross mats at start/finish lines. It is vital that this bib remains stationary during its duration as its presence allows us to connect photos taken by our photographers with their personal results.

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ENMOTIVE will chip-time both the full marathon and half marathon races at standard distances using official chip times to award prize winners in each age group for both marathon and half marathon events; overall marathon/half marathon prize winners will be determined based on gun time only.

As soon as they cross the finish line, all participants will receive a finisher's medal from our partner ENMOTIVE, featuring an interlocking design to commemorate their achievement in WINTER series races.

At various drink stations throughout the race course will be water and Skratch sports drinks available, as well as gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan snacks available for consumption. Each station will also provide first aid kits containing bandages, moleskin patches, vaseline applications and anti-inflammatories as part of its services.

At the finish line, there will be a full-service medical tent staffed with professional EMTs and nurses; runners with specific medical needs are encouraged to write them on the back of their bib. In case someone becomes incapacitated during the course, multiple sag wagons will be roaming along its route and an ambulance will be on standby at the finish line.

Finishers of the marathon, half marathon and 10km races will receive an exclusive Goddess Wine Glass as part of their entry fee and can pick it up after their race in Marine Park.

Volunteers

The Forest of Dean Half Marathon is an entirely volunteer-run non-profit event with proceeds donated to both local and national charities. Organized by The Rotary Club of the Forest of Dean and Forestry Commission with support from other local organisations.

Volunteers are an essential component of a successful race and we would love for you to be part of our race day team! There are various roles available such as registering participants at Packet Pick-Up, directing runners on the course, helping finishers collect their medal and more! You could even help our official fluids stations ensure every participant receives water, energy drinks and snacks they need to finish strong! We look forward to welcoming you aboard on race day!

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To volunteer, simply complete and submit the group form below. Ventures Endurance will follow-up by providing you with a unique registration link just for your group, which should only be used when registering for races – this way ensuring duplication of roles does not arise.

Closing Thoughts

On race morning, volunteers should arrive early for their shift and meet with their Team Captain to receive training and instructions. It is critical that all volunteers remain for their entire shift as leaving early may disrupt race day activities. It is also crucial that they dress comfortably for their role – most positions involve considerable standing or movement, therefore supporting shoes are recommended; additionally all must listen closely to and follow orders given from their Team Captain.

Once the race commences, your job as a marshal will include marshalling the course and directing runners at intersections that may pose difficulties. You will also help at the start line by handing out bib numbers to participants so they may enter their corrals correctly. Be an inspiring cheerleader along the course – encouraging runners to keep moving while giving encouragement as they pass by!

Our official fluids stations will be managed by local high school sports teams and civic groups. You will provide water, Gatorade and snacks. In addition, you will also be responsible for set-up/tear-down/restocking supplies and helping with clean-up duties. I hope that this post on the forest of dean half marathon has been helpful.

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