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National Forest 10K Date Announced

Wednesday, 4th May 2011

The date for the second National Forest 10K has just been announced and will set off from Conkers on Sunday September 18.  There will also be a mile-long fun run around the trails in Conkers for children and families.

The 10K (6.21 mile) scenic off-road route will take runners along the former railway, the Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail, to the young woodland of Donisthorpe Woodland Park.  It will follow part of the Ashby Canal, passing Moira Furnace to join the Conkers Circuit.  Cutting through mature and young woodland planted as part of The National Forest, and skirting around Albert Village Lake, the climax will be the fast downhill finish to Conkers Discovery Centre.

The maximum number of runners has been increased this year to 500 but race organisers are expecting this to fill quickly. 

Andy Harris from the organising team, said: “It is such a great course, it proved really popular last year reaching its 300 maximum within a few weeks.  We expect the places to be taken again fairly quickly.”

Runners need to enter online through www.runnersworld.co.uk

A number of runners commented on last year’s race.  Sarah Richardson said: “Lovely, scenic, perfectly timed 10K, good way to finish the season.”  Liz Moore wrote: “I really enjoyed the race and it was a great atmosphere. This was the first race I had ever done and it has encouraged me incredibly!”  And Dafydd Prichard added: “I thought the race was excellent.  A genuinely interesting course that quite literally kept us on our toes! It was a great bit of the country to run around - plenty of variation with some challenging hilly bits.”

There will be cash prizes for the male and female winners, plus prizes for runners up, teams, veterans, beating last year’s top time and spot prizes.

For a full list of prizes, details of the route and a course map log on tohttp://www.nationalforest.org/visit/ and click on the link for further information.

The event is organised by the National Forest Company, Conkers, South Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire District Councils in partnership with the local running clubs Ivanhoe Runners, South Derbyshire Road Runners and Hermitage Harriers.  These friendly running clubs welcome new members of all abilities.  Visit their websites for details on joining:

·                     Hermitage Harriers – www.hermitageharriers.co.uk 

·                     Ivanhoe Runners –www.ivanhoerunners.co.uk

·                     South Derbyshire Road Runners– www.sdrr.co.uk

This also has a full listing of other events taking place, as well as information on attractions, activities, events and places to stay in and around The National Forest. 

Race Summary

Date: Sunday 18 September.

Distance and start time: Family fun run (1 mile) 9:30am, 10K 10:15am

Entry fees: 10K £10 (£8 for affiliated members) excludes Runnersworld booking fee. Fun run £3

Route: Scenic route in the heart of The National Forest incorporating Ashby Canal, Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail, Conkers Circuit, Donisthorpe Woodland Park and Albert Village Lake.

Partners: Ivanhoe Runners, South Derbyshire Road Runners, Hermitage Harriers, South Derbyshire District Council, North West Leicestershire District Council, National Forest Company, Conkers.

To enter: Online entries for 10K only through www.runnersworld.co.uk   Fun run entries on the day.