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Runners Support The National Forest

Tuesday, 28th February 2017

Go Ultra Events, the organisation that brought a brace of gruelling long distance running events to The National Forest last year, has entered into a new partnership agreement with the National Forest Company.  

The specialist running event management company, has agreed to donate £1 to the Forest for every entry made to their events this year. Wayne Busby, Director of Go Ultra Events, said: “The National Forest is the perfect location for our events but we know that creating woodlands and trails takes time and looking after the landscape is costly. So to help pay some of this back, and to help create this landscape we love to run through, we are delighted to donate a proportion of every race fee to The National Forest and we hope that participants will raise sponsorship too.”

John Everitt, Chief Executive for the National Forest Company, said:  “Encouraging people to use the Forest to pursue their passion and interests has always been integral to the vision of creating The National Forest. But this comes at a cost, and a small contribution from users will help keep it an exceptional and accessible place. This is an inspiring gesture by Go Ultra Events and we hope participants will have a great race, make the most of the Forest, and feel they are putting something back for future events and facilities.”

Go Ultra Events kicks off in the Forest this year with ‘Insomnia 24’ on Saturday 26 August. Runners are invited to stay on their feet for 24 hours around a stunning 10k off-road loop of Cattows Farm in Leicestershire, in the eastern half of The National Forest.

The National Forest Way 75, to be held on 9 September, is the first point-to-point ultra marathon of its kind, covering the length of The National Forest. This testing 75-mile route starts at the impressive National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire and ends with the breath-taking views at Beacon Hill in Leicestershire. For both events runners can enter on their own, in pairs or as part of a team.

These events will introduce runners to the wooded landscape of The National Forest, and with part of their entry fee being donated to the Forest, the races directly support the creation of The National Forest landscape for recreation and enjoyment by everyone.

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