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The Forest of Dean Spring Half Marathon

This annual event is organised by The Rotary Club of the Royal Forest of Dean and supported by the Forestry Commission. Proceeds are used to support charities, both locally and nationally.

We are very grateful for the involvement and support of a host of individual volunteers, together with number of local organisations who make this event successful; including the Forestry Commission, the Speech House Hotel and the Forest of Dean Motor Club.

Andy Lewis

This year, the race will be started by paralympic gold medallist Andy Lewis.

Andy, who won gold in the first-ever Paralympic Triathlon event at the 2016 paralympics, is a local athlete and keen supporter of the Arctic One foundation which aims to give opportunities to both able bodied and disabled people to enable them to "Get Involved" in Sport.

To find out more about Arctic One, please click the logo to the right. Arctic One Foundation
Associated charities

This year, the Forest of Dean Spring Half Marathon is delighted to be associated with the following charities:

Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals charity

This charity raises funds to make a real difference for the patients, their families and the staff who treat them and work at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals as well as the Stroud Maternity Unit.

Great Western Air Ambulance charity

Founded in 2008, this is a charity funded Air Ambulance service which provides life saving emergency care to people who cannot be reached by road, or are in a state so critical that they require specialist treatment at the scene of an accident.

Although they are part of the regional 999 response service and work closely with NHS hospitals, they are entirely funded by donations received from local people.

For further details on the valuable work that these charities do, please click on the relevant logo above.

Sunday, 19th March 2017
10:00am start

Entrants must be 17 years or older on the day of the race. Registration costs are as follows:

UKA - affiliated club members:
Non-affiliated runners:

Manual entries will incur an additional £3.00 processing fee.

Entries must be received by midnight on Sunday 5th March 2017 at the latest. Everyone who registers by this date will be issued with a personalised racing bib containing their timing chip that they may keep as a souvenir of the occasion.

There will be strictly no entries permitted on the day of the race.

Race packs

As in previous years, we will be distributing digital race packs prior to the date of the race.

Every registered runner will receive an individual email confirming their registered details, their assigned race number and a copy of the race pack. Please assist us by printing a copy of your details and assigned race number and bring it with you to save time on race day. The race pack contains important information about this race, including maps of the course and the start and finish area. Please read it carefully together with the email containing your personal race number.

If you have not received your email by the expected date or you need a reminder, please contact us at We will, of course, send paper copies to the few runners without email addresses. If you have received race-registration emails for more than one individual, please make sure they receive their copy so they know their race number.


The race course for 2017 will be the same as for the Spring Trails event in the past few years, utilising well maintained forest trails. The officially-measured half-marathon course (13 miles 192.5 yards) is run on way-marked trails laid out by the Forestry Commission. Special permission has been given to stage the race over this course.

The course begins at Speech House and then follows the trails in a clockwise direction through the Forest of Dean to return to the finish at Speech House. The multi-terrain route will be fully signed and marshalled, and marked by yellow paint on the ground. Mile-markers are provided. The route generally uses well-maintained tracks with gentle inclines.

The race will be led by lead cyclists. Roads will be closed to allow runners to cross freely. There are three water stations at approximately 5 km intervals, and drinks will be available at the finish.

Drink stations

Water stations will be provided at approximately 5km intervals around the race course. Drinks will also be available at the finish.


Road running shoes or trainers are perfectly acceptable. Spikes should not be worn as part of the course includes short road sections.

Race timing

Under UKA rules, race results will be determined by gun timing, while your personal performance will also be confirmed by chip timing.

Race numbers with integrated timing chips will be issued on the day of the race from a tent close to the start area. Please make sure you arrive in good time to park and pick up your race number and chip at least 30 minutes before the event starts at 10:00 am. You will need to show the race number that was notified with your race pack - chip, race number, and registered person must all match! The collection tent will be open on the morning of the race from 8:00 am and will close at 9:45 am in preparation for the race itself.

Remember to bring some small safety pins to fix your running number to your vest. If you're stuck, some pins will be available from the T-shirt tent near the finish area.

We will not be collecting the number and integrated chip, so feel free to keep it as a souvenir (or dispose of it thoughtfully)!

Race results

The timing services for the forthcoming race will be provided by Rogue Racer, a company with a wealth of experience in supporting similar events.

Results will be available on the day at race HQ and will be available from this web site soon thereafter.

Race photographs

Photographic coverage of the event is provided by Charles Whitton Photography who make all of the photographs that are taken during the race available from their website. To view any available uploaded photographs and to search for specific runners amongst them, please click on the following link:

Charles Whitton Photography

Race age categories for this event are as follows:

  • MSNR: male, 17 to 39
  • MV40: male, 40 to 49
  • MV50: male, 50 to 59
  • MV60: male, 60+

  • FSNR: female, 17 to 34
  • FV35: female, 35 to 44
  • FV45: female, 45 to 49
  • FV50: female, 50 to 59
  • FV60: female, 60+

Individual gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the first three in each of the nine race categories.


A medal (with ribbon) will be presented to every finisher.


In addition to medals, a number of trophies will be awarded as follows:

  • First three males
  • First three females
  • First two females vet 35+
  • First two males vet 40+
  • First female vet 45+
  • First male vet 50+
  • First male vet 60+
  • First Forest of Dean male
  • First Forest of Dean female
  • Oldest male finisher
  • Oldest female finisher
  • First male team, UKA-affiliated (three to score)
  • First male team, non-affiliated (three to score)
  • First female team, UKA-affiliated (three to score)
  • First female team, non-affiliated (three to score)

In addition, Top 50 Athlete t-shirts will be awarded to the first 50 Male and first 50 female finishers.

Emergency & medical

The course will be covered by a network of radio communications to link the race organisers and emergency response crews.

Medical attention will be available from Safeguard Medical Services Ltd who will be stationed near the finish line and at various key points around the race route. Mobile units and Repatriation vehicles will be in attendance. If the need arises, injured runners will be recovered from the course by their ambulance teams.

Information & Safety

An information point will be sited close to the race start and finish.

The course will be fully marshalled to ensure a clear, safe route.