Hamsterley Forest Running Festival 2022

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Take in the picturesque scenery of Hamsterley forest as you take on the 6.2 mile lap course. With a variety of distances on offer this race is perfect for all abilities of runners. This race is a great introduction for all looking to tackle trails for the first time, join to earn your medal.
Participants
10k, Half Marathon , Marathon , and 2 more
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Calendar
Sun, 16 Oct 2022
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LocationPin
Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Location
Hamsterley Forest, Hamsterley Forest, Bishop Auckland DL13, UK
Start times
Sun, 16 Oct 2022
10k:
10:30am |
Half Marathon :
10:00am |
Marathon :
9:30am |
20 miles:
10:00am |
Ultra Marathon :
9:30am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Hamsterley Forest Running Festival 2022
10k
Distance
10km
CourseRoute
1 Loop
£22.00 - £24.00
Half Marathon
Distance
13.1mi
CourseRoute
2 Loops
£27.00 - £29.00
Marathon
Distance
26.2mi
CourseRoute
4 Loops
£37.50 - £39.50
20 miles
Distance
20mi
CourseRoute
3 Loops
£34.00 - £36.00
Route information
This course will take you through the beautiful Hamsterley Forest which will see you crash through the trees to race to the finish. This race offers multiple distances from a 10k to an Ultra. The amazing scenery is a perfect place to earn a new PB or try out a new distanced race. All races will follow a 6.2 mile looped course with a different amount of laps per race.
The number of laps are outlined below:
  • 10k: 1 lap
  • Half Marathon: 2.1 laps
  • 20 miles: 3.2 laps
  • Marathon: 4.2 laps
  • Ultra: 5.2 laps
What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Finisher's Goodies
  • Chip-Timed results
  • Feed stations
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How to get there
Hamsterley Forest, Hamsterley Forest, Bishop Auckland DL13, UK
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By Car
If using a Sat Nav please follow the directions to the following address: Hamsterley Forest, Bishop Auckland DL13
If travelling from London you can follow the A1 onto the A1(M). Once in North Yorkshire, you can take exit 53 from the A1, continue onto the A66 towards Durham.
Event day logistics
09:30 Marathon and Ultra starts
10:00 20 miles and Half Marathon starts
10:30 10k starts
Please arrive at the event early for registration, the exact registration time will be confirmed closer to the event date.
Age Requirements
Entrants for the 10k, 20 miles, Half marathon, and marathon must be 18 years old or over to participate. If you are entering the Ultra you must be over 21 years of age.
Feed Stations
There will be well-stocked feed stations located at the start/finish lines as well as halfway through the course.
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FAQs
How far is each lap of the Hamsterley Forest Running Festival?
Each lap is 6.2 miles.
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When does the Hamsterley Forest Running Festival start?
The first race starts at 9:30am, please arrive in plenty of time to register.
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Will there be feed stations at the Hamsterley Forest Running Festival?
Yes, there will be plenty of feed stations available for all entrants, these will be placed at the start / finish lines and half way around the course.
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Reviews
4.0
34 reviews
jonathan
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4.7
Did the race in 2022
Well organised, tough but pleasant run and great snack station at the end. Good medals too! Nice friendly atmosphere.
barbara
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4.0
Did the race in 2022
course was good but directions to the start were practically non existent.many people struggled to get there.. ...and one portaloo only......would have been nice to see some marshalls on the route for support and safety .only saw one........after race goodies were very generous .
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3.7
Did the race in 2022
It's a small event and as such don't expect the facilities and staffing that you'd get at the big City Road Races but I found it friendly and welcoming. No issues with finding the event despite it being about 2-3 miles inside the Forest. Not many marshals so you need to keep eyes out for the small yellow arrow signs. Medal was the best I've ever received and a bit different - Appreciated the fresh cakes and offer of chocolate bars and a bottle of beer (inc. 0% Beer as I don't drink alcohol)My only small qualm is that I don't have my official time yet and not sure where or if this will be posted anywhere? I used my own watch but just like to see how I did officially. It is over 24 hours post-race now. Thanks again though, nice little event with the most beautiful views
sri
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5.0
Did the race in 2022
Friendly people at registration. Good email. Great snacks etc after run and fantastic medal.Could do with more obvious sign posting to race registration as soon as you enter hamsterley instead of run route.
helen
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2.7
Did the race in 2022
Travel directions to the parking were not accurate. One toilet, no cups at water stations, marshaling was woefully inadequate. Beautiful course
ross
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4.7
Did the race in 2022
Everything was great.
allyson
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4.0
Did the race in 2022
Tough great route One niggle. One porta loo !! For a lot of competitors
lisa
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4.3
Did the race in 2022
More directions for car park. Otherwise great event. Toughy but enjoyed it
brooke
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3.0
Did the race in 2022
The run was difficult up hill for the first 3 miles but eased in difficulty after that. The staff were all lovely and the finisher medal and goody bags were fab!
amy
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3.0
Did the race in 2022
The parking was a nightmare to find. It ended up taking nearly an hour and was only supposed to be 20 mins. Only one toilet so was late starting. Great feel at the event overall though
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