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New Forest Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

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The New Forest is one of the most beautiful place's to run in the UK. With so many race options anyone can get involved in this truly awesome event. The courses are stunningly scenic with the blend of forest enclosures. The organiser's have planned the event to give you a true New Forest Experience.

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5 Reviews
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  • Organisation
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Lynda C
"This has to be the best half marathon course I have run, would like to do the..."


Barbara S
"Fantastic event marred slightly by stalls not taking credit cards and traffic..."


Sarah K
"I can’t fault this event. This was my first half marathon and I wanted a..."
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How to enter the New Forest Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
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  2. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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  3. Junior 1.5k (Ages 5+)

    Run 1.5km
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  4. 10K

    Run 10km
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  5. 5K

    Run 5km
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New Forest Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k routes


Extensive planning and testing has gone into the routes to offer a true New Forest experience. All routes will start and finish from New Park Showground, Brockenhurst and wind through the heart of the New Forest National Park. The multi-terrain courses offer some of the most scenic running experiences in the country, with a blend of forest enclosures, open roads, far reaching views and of course, the famous New Forest ponies!

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Drink stations
  • FInisher's Medal
  • Race Village
Raceday Logistics


You can pick up your race pack from New Park Showground (Race Village) on:

- Friday 6th September 4pm – 9pm

- Saturday 7th September 10am – 7pm

- Sunday 8th September 6am – onwards

There will be an option to collect your pack on race day, however we strongly encourage you, if at all possible to collect these prior to the event to save time on the day.


The Showground, New Park, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7QH


Full Marathon - 9.00am

Half Marathon - 9.55am

New Forest Health & Leisure 10k - 10.25am

ExxonMobil 5k - 10.40am

Woodland Walk - 10:15am

Junior Race - 15:45pm


How do I register?

To register, simply turn up on the day of the event and visit ‘Race Registration’ from 1pm. One of our friendly registration crew will sign you up and provide you with a t-shirt and race number.

How much does it cost?

The Junior Race can be entered on Race Day from 1pm at the registration area in the Race Village. A suggested £3 donation to the New Forest Marathon Community Fund that funds and inspires activity throughout the area.

What age can run?

Any age between 5 and 12 years old (1k) as well as an under 5’s 200m event.

Can adults run with juniors?

Of course you can, sharing the experience is fully encouraged, a great one for the memory bank!

How far is it?

The course uses the same start and finish as the main event races. We think it’s important that juniors get the same feel running up and down the amazing start finish straight as all the other runners. The course winds around the race village for about 1 kilometre.

This year we also have a shorter 200m course (Under 5’s) running down the famous New Forest Marathon final straight and under the Start/Finish bridge.
Kit List

Normal running gear is perfect for this event.


A short walk away from the car park there are two good locations to view the runners:

Half Marathon/Full Marathon: On foot, turn right out of the carpark on Brockenhurst high street, walk through the village centre, then turn right onto Rhinefield Road. Continue up this road until you reach Beechern Wood Car Park. There is open forest in which to view (10 mins walk ) This point is mile 9.5 (Half Marathon/Full Marathon) and also mile 24 (Full Marathon).

Full Marathon: Turn right through village centre and turn left onto Burley Road. There’s a green area on the left hand side with plenty of room to watch the runners rather than staying on the road. This point is mile 10.5 where the runners will cross the road and take a track through the forest toward Brockenhurst primary school (Full Marathon).


Registration is NOW OPEN to sign up and join New Forest Marathon Race Crew for 2019!

If you are supporting us for the first time, welcome aboard and to those of you who are returning, thank you – we really appreciate your support. The difference you make to the event is priceless. If you want to help create something spectacular in 2019 and play a part in making a difference to many participants, local groups and good causes, then you are in the right place!

With our event starting and finishing at the New Park Farm, Brockenhurst, we have lots of exciting volunteer roles to choose from. If you’re got the spark to inspire every runner or the passion to support individuals and families to achieve something amazing, we’d love you to join us. Please see the information below:

Individuals signing up to our Race Crew will receive a New Forest Marathon Race 2019 T Shirt to wear on the day and a parking permit. To thank you for all your hard work you will also receive a Lunch Voucher that can be redeemed in the Race Village at one of the chosen vendors.

If you are a community group volunteering on the day, you are our inspiration, thank you! We encourage you to apply to the New Forest Marathon Community Fund so we can say thank you by giving back to your organisation and inspiring/supporting new projects within the New Forest and surrounding area. By helping out you are not only benefiting yourself, but also helping the many other fantastic organisations and good causes which shape our community in the forest. The Marathon has a long history of supporting groups like yours and we want to see this grow from strength to strength.

Whether you are a member of our Race Crew, or a local group; volunteering at the New Forest Marathon is a great thing to do. It is so inspiring seeing so many people achieve personal goals in such stunning surroundings. By helping us to run this special and unique event, you will allow many fantastic groups, organisations and local good causes to benefit via our New Forest Marathon Community Fund.

On the day please bring plenty of big smiles and buckets of enthusiasm for everyone taking part, from the juniors running 1.5k to those completing the 26.2 miles through the forest everyone needs encouragement.

We look forward to hearing from you and making this special event memorable for everyone.


Where do I park my car when arriving on race day?

New Park Showground has extensive parking on site so there’s plenty of room for everyone. We ask for a small fee of £5 per car to park all day.

Is there a shuttle bus operating from Brockenhurst Railway Station to the Race Village?

Yes we have a New Forest Marathon Shuttle Bus operating from Brockenhurst Railway Station to New Park Showground (Race Village) on Sunday September 8th. The shuttle bus timetable and prices for 8th September 2019 will be available soon.

Can I enter if I am not a member of a team or club?

Yes of course, one of our aims is to encourage as many people to be active as possible. We know that the New Forest has the highest percentage of active people but also the highest proportion of obesity in the county. It is imperative to us to offer events that so runners of all levels can enjoy the beautiful New Forest. There are training guides found on the training zone section of this site for all distances. You will find this particularly useful if you are a new runner. We have support from NHS Choices who have supplied excellent content guiding you from your first steps to 5k and beyond.

You certainly don’t need to be a member of a running club, or an official team, in order to participate in our races. Simply leave the ‘Team/Club Name’ blank on the entry form and run as an unattached runner. If you are unattached or your club is not affiliated to UK Athletics you pay a slightly higher entry fee which makes sure you are properly insured for this event.

How old do I have to be to compete?

On race day you must be 18 years or over to run the full marathon and 17 years or over to run the half marathon. For the 10k 15 years or over and the 5k 11 years or over. However for those Juniors who are 8yrs – 10yrs they can enter the 5k if accompanied by an adult, see entry page for further detail. The Junior Race 1k is open to 5 years upwards and the Junior 200m to any age as we wish to inspire everyone to take part including buggies and parents.

Is there more than one 5k Race?

There is only one New Forest Marathon 5k Race which includes Junior 8yrs-10yrs, Junior 11yrs-16yrs and Adults. All start at the same time.

Will New Forest Marathon accept any late entries on race day?

All entries must be received online and with payment in full, by 1st August 2019 as stated on the entry form. However, if space allows we will do our best to find a solution. We reserve the right to close entries if a race is Sold Out before this date. The 2017 and 2018 events were a complete sell out.

When and where can I collect my race pack?

Race packs containing all necessary information, T-shirt, race number, safety pins, baggage sticker and race magazine will be available for collection on Friday 6th September 4pm – 9pm and Saturday 7th September 10am – 8pm. For those of you travelling from further afield you can collect your pack on race day, Sunday 8th September , however we strongly encourage you if your local or it is at all possible to collect these prior to the event to save time on the day and ease the pressure on our registration team.


Are there toilets on the routes?

Yes to put your mind at ease there are a number of toilets on the routes. Toilets are located at the following parts of the course which can be found by looking at the course profiles section:

Start – Race Village (All events), 4.5 miles – Ornamental Drive Car Park (10k, Half and Full), 6.5 miles – Ornamental Drive Car Park (10k, Half and Full), 13.5 miles – Sway Village Hall (Full only), 20 miles – Wilverley Car Park (Full Only)

Is there somewhere to leave our baggage on Race Day?

We have a large baggage area where you can leave one bag if you are running in any of the events. When you collect your Race Pack you will find a colour coded baggage sticker in your pack, simply fix to your bag and hand it to the team in the baggage area of your event . When you return this number corresponds to your race number and they will return your bag.

New Forest Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k weather forecast

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New Forest Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k reviews (5)

4.8 out of 5 stars

  • Course
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  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    This has to be the best half marathon course I have run, would like to do the marathon. The getting to the venue would put me off going again, although I probably will. I stayed overnight close by to get there early and would rather have driven down on the day.
  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    Fantastic event marred slightly by stalls not taking credit cards and traffic problems. Would recommend for all abilities.
  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    I can’t fault this event. This was my first half marathon and I wanted a memorable place and I certainly got that! The organisation was incredible- faultless and the atmosphere was superb. From the volunteers, the organisers the runners ourselves and the crowds. E retune was so lovely, friendly, helpful and wow the stunning router was just divine. There were plenty of water stops and directions were clear. They put funny signs up to spur us on and I just loved it all. A day to remember and I would definitely recommend this.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Really nice run with great scenery and fantastic atmosphere - great first run for those stepping up from 5K to 10K's
  • Did the event in 2019

    Loads of marshals, great atmosphere, very friendly, environmentally friendly, great course - challenging in places, beautiful scenery
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