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In Training for The National Forest 10K

Thursday, 14th July 2011

With just two months to go until the National Forest 10K, which sets off from Conkers on Sunday September 18, competition for the top prize is hotting up!

Fitness instructors and club members at Champneys Springs Health Resort based near Measham within The National Forest have entered a team. Fitness Manager Debbie Porter said: “Our team have started training and we plan to give the local running clubs a run for their money.”

But the 10K is not just for experienced runners, it is a perfect introduction for beginners too.  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.”

Members of the running clubs in The National Forest area involved in organising the event, Ivanhoe Runners, South Derbyshire Road Runners and Hermitage Harriers, are inviting new members to join and gain top training tips.

Andy Buck from the Hermitage Harriers said: “All three clubs are friendly and welcome new members.  We can give tips and advice for new runners or for those who are getting back into training.  The 10K course weaves through lovely scenery using off-road woodland trails and is mostly flat.”

The clubs’ websites contain details on joining:

•        Hermitage Harriers – 

•        Ivanhoe Runners –

•        South Derbyshire Road Runners–

Runners need to enter the race online through

As well as the 10K, there will also be a mile-long fun run around the trails in Conkers grounds for children and families.

The event is being organised by members of the local running clubs in partnership with National Forest Company, Conkers, South Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire District Councils.

For those who are just starting out with running, beginners jogging sessions are taking place in both North West Leicestershire and South Derbyshire as part of the Run in England Scheme aimed at newcomers.

The groups in North West Leicestershire meet regularly at 9:30am on Tuesdays (Staunton Harold-Ashby) and at 9:00am on Saturdays (Sence Valley Forest Park- Ibstock). Contact Andrew Harris 01530 454606 for further details.

North West Leicestershire District Council is also launching Jogit, a beginners’ jogging group encouraging people of all ages and abilities to get fitter.  The group will be led by the Hermitage Harriers, and is the perfect way to help people get back into shape while making new friends. The group will meet at the Hermitage Leisure Centre every Tuesday at 6:30pm (Starts July 26th) Contact Andrew Harris

South Derbyshire Groups are:

  • Etwall Leisure Centre - Tuesdays 6pm (Beginners) and 7pm (Advanced)
  • Hilton Village Hall - Tuesdays 6.30pm
  • Bill Shone Leisure Centre, Melbourne - Tuesdays, 8pm
  • South Derbyshire Road Runners, Swadlincote - Wednesdays, 7pm
  • Repton, Red Lion - Wednesdays, 7.30pm

Contact Lewis Adams on 01283 595772, or visit the website

To find out what other events are taking place the website provides a full listing.  Or for more information on attractions, activities, events and places to stay in and around The National Forest, the 2011 visitor guides to the Forest and Beyond are bursting with great ideas.  These are available from Tourist Information Centres, from the National Forest Company on 01283 551 211 or email

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.