Hamsterley Forest Winter Trail Half Marathon and 10k

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£20.00 - £27.00
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Follow the scenic trails of Hamsterley Forest in this rewarding trail running event. A perfect opportunity to work off those festive indulgences in a spectacular winter wonderland location. Take home a bespoke event mug and wildflower seeds to plant anywhere you wish.
Participants
Half Marathon, and 10k
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Calendar
Sat, 14 Jan 2023
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Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
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4.8
(10 Reviews)
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Where and when
Location
Hamsterley Forest, Hamsterley Forest, Bishop Auckland DL13, UK
Start times
Sat, 14 Jan 2023
10k:
11:00am |
Half Marathon:
11:00am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Hamsterley Forest Winter Trail Half Marathon and 10k
10k
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10km
£20.00 - £22.00
Half Marathon
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13.1mi
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600m+
£25.00 - £27.00
Route information
Hamsterley Forest is the largest forest in County Durham and covers 4900 square acres. Both routes will follow the tracks and trails within the beautiful forest park, where you will enjoy stunning views of the valley. They will be undulating in parts but you will be rewarded by the scenery and if you're lucky you may also spot some local wildlife.
The forest is an ideal location for trail running with a mixture of well marked footpaths, forest trails and woodland tracks. With two distances available this event is perfect for both experienced trail runners and anyone new to the sport.
Water and nibbles will be provided at mile 5, mile 10 and at the finish area.
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What's included
  • Bespoke event mug
  • Hot soup and roll
  • Free downloadable event pictures
  • Prizes for the top finishers
  • Free future race places to all category winners
  • A packet of Wild flower seeds
  • Fully marked and marshalled route
  • Water/food stations
  • Toilets at race HQ
  • Parking
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How to get there
Hamsterley Forest, Hamsterley Forest, Bishop Auckland DL13, UK
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By Car
Hamsterley Forest is on the East edge of the North Pennines and can be accessed from the A68 or the A688.
Parking
There are plenty of car parking spaces but participants are encouraged to car share when possible. Discounted parking charges apply.
Event day logistics
09:00 - 10:30 Registration
11:00 Start Time
Race Pack
You will collect your race number at registration on the day.
Age Restrictions
You must be at least 16 years old to take part.
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Greener Miles Running
We are an environmentally friendly trail running event company based in the North East of England. We are bringing some of the best racing formats from other adventure sports to the running community, and in some of the most beautiful and dramatic places in the UK, ranging from 10k head torch races in local woodland all the way up to ultra-marathon distance events on the fells and mountains of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
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Backpack
Kit List
Mandatory Kit
It is normal for the temperature to fall below freezing at this time of the year, it is expected that runners will come to the event either wearing or prepared to carry clothing to suit the conditions.
  • A foil blanket
  • A soft cup if you'd like a drink at the aid stations (1/2 only)
FAQ's
Can I run with my dog at the Hamsterley Forest Winter Trail Half Marathon and 10k?
Dogs are permitted at the event, but they must be secured to you at all times, you must start at the back of the field and you must supply your own insurance.
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What prize categories are there at the Hamsterley Forest Winter Trail Half Marathon and 10k?
There will be prizes for the first 3 open men and women, and for 1st places 40-49, 50-59 and 60+.
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What level of fitness do I need to be to take part in the Hamsterley Forest Winter Trail Half Marathon and 10k?
This event is perfect for both experienced and novice runners.
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Will there be food and water stations at the Hamsterley Forest Winter Trail Half Marathon and 10k?
Yes, there will be water and nibbles provided at mile 5, mile 10 and at the finish area.
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Is there any kit I need to bring for the Hamsterley Forest Winter Trail Half Marathon and 10k?
Yes, because the weather will most likely be below freezing, there is a mandatory kit list. It can be found in the race day section.
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Do I need to bring a water bottle to the Hamsterley Forest Winter Trail Half Marathon and 10k?
Yes, you must bring a bottle able to hold 500ml, this event organiser is Eco friendly and doesn't use disposable cups.
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Are there any age restrictions for the Hamsterley Forest Winter Trail Half Marathon and 10k?
Yes, all entrants must be aged 16 and over in order to participate in this event.
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Reviews
4.8
10 reviews
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4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2022
Interesting route. Nice and muddy in places. Surprise off-road section near end. Some nice scenery and views, but mostly just trees. I will do it again
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2022
Good pre-race communication. Well organised, friendly crew and race started bang on time. Also a great ethical ethos from the organisers.
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2022
Apart from the parking code not working which I’m not that bothered about anyway this is a course of 2 halves for 10k runners 1st half test yr stamina on the climb up then enjoy the rest of the way to finish great run totally enjoyed and fully recommended all marshalling and staff 1st class thankyou for making it a great run
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2022
Concerning the parking, the code given out to receive a discount for parking from 6 pound to 2 pound did not work. Apart from this, it was a great day out.
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4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2022
First time running (half)in Hamsterley and i absolutely LOVED it. Beautifully Brutal course and will be visiting again to explore more. Lovely, friendly staff... parking was the only issue but didn't detract from our day. Really appreciated the snacks en route as i'd forgotten mine. We had a blast, thank you!!! Also love my Mug, will see that more often than any medal or t shirt!.
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2022
Great race and staff/ volunteers.3 things to add. 1) didn’t get my wild seeds :(2) the parking meter code didn’t work3) the soup after was less than favourable. These are small things though in the grand scheme of things. The course was challenging and really fun. Loved it.
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2022
I have done Hamsterly before, so I knew about the hills! I really enjoyed the last 2 Mile's of the 10k, running along the stream. It was well organised and very friendly volunteers. Thank you to everyone! Donna
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4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2022
Good off road event, some small sections of the course were excessively muddy on climbs preventing running and bottlenecks
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2022
Very well organised, email comms were exceptional with multiple reminders as you got up to the date. Great course and great atmosphere. My first ever trail run and I will never forget it!
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2022
Unreal total challenge seriously tuff pushing myself hard gained alot of knowledge about my running and hamsterly forrest
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