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Forest Lodge Short Break Prize for 10K Winning Team

Tuesday, 24th May 2011

Rosliston Forestry Centre has just announced it will donate the star prize of a short break in one of its luxurious timber lodges for the winning team of this year’s National Forest 10K on Sunday 18 September.

Organisers of the event, now in its second year, have introduced new prize categories including team prize and course record prize and have just released details of a special prize for the veterans.

10K runners who are members of a running club will automatically be eligible for the team prize.  The fastest four runners from the same club will win the short break for up to six people.

The break includes four nights accommodation in a 2-bedroom beautiful self-catering timber lodge* tucked away in young woodland at the heart of The National Forest.  Set within the 154-acre woodland site of Rosliston Forestry Centre, the trails, cycle hire and other activities make it a fantastic training venue for teams.  For more information on the Forest Lodges visit the

In partnership with the National Forest Company, Conkers, South Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire District Councils, the local running clubs Ivanhoe Runners, South Derbyshire Road Runners and Hermitage Harriers help organise the 10K.  These friendly clubs welcome new members of all abilities.  Visit their websites for details on joining and potentially entering the team prize category:

·               Hermitage Harriers – 

·               Ivanhoe Runners –

·               South Derbyshire Road Runners–

If any runner beats last year’s winning time they will be awarded the course record prize bonus of £25 in addition to their 1st place prize.  Prizes are:

1st male and female: £100

2nd male and female: annual membership to Conkers (kindly donated by Conkers)

3rd male and female: Plant a Tree (kindly donated by the National Forest Company)

Winners of the veteran categories will be thrilled with this year’s prizes that will be absolutely unique.  Expert woodcraftsman, Mel Dowding from Dallowlock Crafts in Burton upon Trent, will be designing, hand-crafting and donating commemorative jigsaws with a special National Forest 10K design for the veteran winners.

Mel said: ‘I am absolutely delighted to be able to contribute the prizes for this year’s event.  The National Forest is such a special place and the prizes will be a real memento for the veteran runners.’

Dallowlock Crafts produce quality wooden toys and jigsaws.  Mel’s work will be on display at the National Forest Wood Fair on Bank Holiday Monday 29 August.  Veteran prize categories are male (40, 50, 60) and female (35, 45, 55).

Girls and boys taking part in the mile-long fun run around the trails in Conkers will win gold, silver and bronze medals for first, second and third places. All fun runners will get a goody bag and free entry to Conkers (with accompanying adult).

Andy Buck from the Hermitage Harriers commented: ‘We wanted to grow the event both in terms of people enjoying the event and the number of prizes up for grabs.  Although we have introduced the team prize for running club members, the event is perfect for both novice runners and club runners.’

Novice runner Liz Moore commented on the 2010 event: ‘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.’

The maximum number of runners has been increased this year to 500 but race organisers are expecting this to fill quickly.  Whereas fun entries should be made on the day only, all 10K runners need to enter in advance online  No postal entries are available.

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.

For a full list of prizes, details of the route and a course map seeNational Forest 10K

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  Fun entries on the day.