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The Festive Forest Challenge is held in the Kings Forest, just 4 miles outside Bury St Edmunds, easily accessible from East Anglia, London & the East Midlands. This popular event is now in its seventh year. It is run on good traffic-free tracks.

This event has been authorised by the Forestry Commission.

Distance: Distance options offer something for everyone – 10km, half-marathon or 20 miles

Suitable for: Everyone! Runners, Walkers & Nordic Walkers all welcome.

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Festive Forest Challenge routes

The course

Everyone will complete the first circuit (10km), half-marathoners and 20 milers will then complete a different circuit, after which the 20 milers repeat the second circuit. All courses will be clearly marked

The course is off-road* and traffic free using footpaths and tracks in the forest

*at the end of each lap participants will cross the road back into West Stow Country Park. This is the only road crossing and will be marshalled

The surfaces are generally good and suitable for normal road shoes

The course has not been measured by a UKA approved course measurer, therefore the distances are approximate

First aid:

First aiders will be present at the start/finish and along the course. If you develop medical problems, please alert the nearest marshal and prompt assistance will be provided

Event Details

What’s Included
  • All finishers will be awarded a medal.
  • Refreshments: Drinks & snacks will be provided.
  • First Aid
  • Marked route
Raceday Logistics

Race schedule

9am Half-Marathon / 20 miles

9.15am 10km

Race numbers:

To be collected on the day at registration

Results details:

We use gun timing at our events, and also may be manually recording your race number at checkpoints/finish for safety reasons. Please ensure your race number is clearly visible to marshals at all times. We will endeavour to check & publish results within 48 hours of the event finish.

Cut off: Everyone to finish by 3:15pm

Kit List
Special info: Festive jumpers are optional, but encouraged! Spot prizes will be awarded.
Friends/family: Supporters are most welcome at our events. The West Stow venue has on-site parking (please bring change), toilets, and a cafe.

Age limit?

Minimum age on race day: 17 for 10KM and half marathon and 18 for the 20 miles

Are dogs allowed?

Dogs: England Athletics insurance does NOT allow dogs in races. It is with regret that no dogs will be allowed on this race

Is it suitable for wheelchairs?

The course is not suitable for wheelchairs

Festive Forest Challenge weather forecast

Drizzle throughout the day.

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