Race date Sunday 18 March 2018

We are very sorry to announce that due to the current conditions on and around the course and the ongoing poor forecast we have concluded that we must postpone the event.

We are looking at dates in the near future. Entrants will have the choice of transferring to that event or deferring to our Autumn or next year's spring race. We have to talk to all the parties involved and are unlikely to be able to give a firm new date until Monday afternoon at the earliest.

Please continue to monitor this page for further updates.

UK Trail Running Championships - Short Distance event

We're delighted to announce that our Spring Trails Race has been chosen by the Trail Running Association to be the UK Trail Running Championships - Short Distance event.

Trail Running Association

This means that, in addition to the regular event medals, the race winner will become the UK Trail Running Champion - Short distance and the first three male and first three female finishers will also receive TRA issued medals to commemorate their achievement.

Trail Running Association Short Distance Championship medals

As the championship is an open one, it isn't necessary to be a member of the TRA to qualify for a TRA championship medal, so anyone who takes part in the event is potentially able to win!

To view the relevant page on the TRA website, please click here or on the TRA logo above.

Race overview

This Spring Trails Half Marathon is run in the Forest of Dean at the end of March, using the same organization (but a different course) as the Autumn event. Starting on the road adjacent to the Speech House Hotel in the heart of the forest, the course then leaves the road to follow a loop of well maintained forest trails (with gentle inclines) before eventually leading back to the Speech House Hotel for the finish.

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 a number of local organisations who make this event successful; including the Forestry Commission, the Speech House Hotel and the Forest of Dean Motor Club.

Associated charity

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

Crossroads Care

Crossroads Care Forest of Dean and Herefordshire is a specialist charitable organisation who, through their not for profit care agency, provide practical help, support and social opportunities to carers and those they care for across all ages and disabilities.

For further details on the valuable work that this charity does, please click on the logo above.

Sunday, 18th March 2018
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:

Please note that online entry for this event has now closed.

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

Race packs

Following successful registration, every runner will receive an email confirming their registered details, their assigned race number and a link to the event 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, as it may be impossible for you to retrieve your race number via email at the event itself due to poor mobile coverage. The race pack contains important information about this event, including maps of the course and the start and finish area. Please read it carefully together with the information in the confirmation email.

If you fail to receive your email following registration, please contact us at web@forestofdean-halfmarathon.co.uk. We will, of course, send paper copies to the few runners without email addresses. If you receive 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 2018 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 bibs 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 bib and chip at least 30 minutes before the event starts at 10:00 am. You will need to quote the race number that was assigned to you when you registered and that was specified in your confirmation email - 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 race bib to your vest. If you're stuck, some pins will be available from the collection tent.

We will not be collecting the race bib and integrated chip after the race, 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.

Individual results will be available on the day from the timing team themselves with the final overall results being uploaded to the event web site as soon as the team and category results have been collated.

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.


(The category medals shown above were those awarded in 2017. There is a new design in production for the 2018 event)

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


As well as 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 female vet 60+
  • First Forest of Dean male
  • First Forest of Dean female
  • Youngest male finisher
  • Youngest female finisher
  • 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.