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Get in Training for The National Forest 10K

Wednesday, 13th June 2012

With three months to go until The National Forest 10K, which sets off from Conkers on Sunday September 16, it is time to get in training, is the advice from local running clubs. The National Forest 10K is a perfect introductory race for beginner runners but it is really important that training is built up slowly to avoid injuries such as shin splints.

The running clubs involved in organising the 10K, Ivanhoe Runners, South Derbyshire Road Runners and Hermitage Harriers, are inviting new members to join and gain top training tips in preparation for the event.

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 – perfect for beginners.”

The clubs’ websites contain details on joining:

•     Hermitage Harriers –  

•      Ivanhoe Runners –

•      South Derbyshire Road Runners –

Speaking after last year’s race, Nicky Manser said: “It was my first 10K race, but I really enjoyed it and, although I live locally, I saw parts of The National Forest that are right on my doorstep that I didn't even realise were there! It has given me the buzz to take part in more competitive races in the future! I will definitely be back next year to better my time.”

The 10K (6.21 mile) scenic off-road route takes runners along the former railway, the Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail, to the young woodland of Donisthorpe Woodland Park. It follows 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 is the fast downhill finish to Conkers Discovery Centre.

The number of runners is capped, so race organisers are advising people to enter online now.

It is also a great course for experienced runners, as Carol Price explains: “It has something for everyone - varied scenery through woodland, by canal, around a lake - great atmosphere too and I loved the downhill finish. I run about 12 races a year and last year voted this my favourite.”

And 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.

Beginners can join jogging sessions taking place in both North West Leicestershire and South Derbyshire as part of the Run in England Scheme aimed at newcomers.

Jogit, a beginners’ jogging group encouraging people of all ages and abilities to get fitter, meets at Hermitage Leisure Centre every Tuesday at 7pm. Contact

Jogging groups in South Derbyshire include:

·      Melbourne Joggers: Picture of Health Studio, Melbourne - Tuesdays, 8pm

·      The Willington Runners: The Dragon Pub, Willington - Tuesdays, 7pm

·      South Derbyshire Road Runners: Green Bank Leisure Centre, Swadlincote - Wednesdays, 7pm

·      Repton Runners: The Red Lion Pub, Repton - Wednesdays, 7pm

Contact Lewis Adams on 01283 595772, or visit the website

To find out what other events are taking place, the Visit section of our website provides a full listing. Or for more information on attractions, activities, events and places to stay in and around The National Forest, the 2012 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 16 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.