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The Wendover Woods Autumn Festival of Running

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Treat yourself by taking part in this superb celebration of running. Great for athletes for all abilities, the courses wind their way along forest paths through the magnificent Wendover Woods. Come for the finisher's medal or for the scenic views.

Review summary

4.7
13 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

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Lucia J
"Small crowd, probably due to bad weather the day before and a known challenging..."

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Helen H
"A challenging hilly course that you would expect being a woodland run in the..."

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Mathew W
"The race, although small had a great and supportive atmosphere. Much more so..."
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The Wendover Woods Autumn Festival of Running routes

The Canicross Course is a 5km loop on undulating forest trails and paths within Wendover woods. For the 10k runners will complete 2 laps.

The Sunday Course is a 10K loop passing through the scenic Wendover Woods. For the Half Marathon, runners will complete just over 2 laps.

Wendover Woods is a superb location for a marathon and is situated in the beautiful Chiltern Hills.

The route will be quiet as there will be no vehicle traffic. However, runners should be aware that there will be other forest users and bicycles crossing the routes.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Finish Line Goody Bag
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Prizes for Category Winners
  • Marshalled Course
  • Aid Stations
  • Refreshment Stations
  • Scenic Routes
Raceday Logistics

Schedule

Saturday

Wendover Woods 3k - 10.00 am

Wendover Woods 10k & 5k Canicross Challenge - 12.00 pm

Sunday

Wendover Woods 1k - 9.40 am

Wendover Woods Half & 10K - 10.00 am

Spectators

Spectators are more than welcome at this event. Families can enjoy the surrounding attractions such as Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, adventure play areas, Gruffalo Trail, bike trails. It is also dog friendly.

Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer to help at any of our events, there are a variety of roles available from marshalling to helping with event set-up. We offer our volunteers a free entry to a future race and, in some cases, expenses are available. If interested, please contact: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a bag drop?
Yes there is a bag drop available for runners. Runners are encouraged to bring as little baggage as possible to the event.
Will the The Wendover Woods Autumn Festival of Running provide chip timing?
Yes, the races will be chip timed.
How do I attach my timing chip?
Your timing chip is incorporated into your race number and should not be removed. Please place the race number on the front of your vest/shirt and not on your leg or back.

The Wendover Woods Autumn Festival of Running weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

11°C
Predicted highs
8°C
Predicted lows
IconModerate breeze possible, up to 16mph

Meet the organiser

We are a specialist race management company, organising more than 140 races across the UK each year. We offer everything from small community events to larger races organised on behalf of running clubs, charities, local authorities and private companies.

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The Wendover Woods Autumn Festival of Running reviews (13)

4.7 out of 5 stars

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  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
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    Helen H

    Did the 5 Mile in 2019

    A challenging hilly course that you would expect being a woodland run in the Chiltern Hills. Really fabulous volunteers and the race director Rachel was a super star as were the chaps doing the timings. So well organised and thoroughly enjoyable. I'll be back next year.
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    Mathew W

    Did the 10 Mile in 2019

    The race, although small had a great and supportive atmosphere. Much more so than many races I have done across the UK previously.

    The course itself was stunning and I would definitely participate again in the future.

  • Did the 5 Mile in 2019

    Small crowd, probably due to bad weather the day before and a known challenging route, but it was still a lovely atmosphere and well organised race.
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    Hermione

    Did the 5 Mile in 2019

    It was a great local event, very challenging terrain and a step up from Parkrun! I may be back next year...Thanks for organising so well.
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    Laura T

    Did the Canicross 10K in 2019

    Absolutely beautiful course, though a little bit challenging (expect hills - up and down). Very dog friendly... Just a shamell
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    Steve W

    Did the 5 Mile in 2019

    It was the second time I've run in this event and enjoyed the beautiful if very tough route. Very well organised & a great medal at the end too. Many thanks and look forward to next year.
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    Sam P

    Did the Canicross 10K in 2019

    Great, well-organised and friendly event. I didn't realise Canicross meant canines though, so I was the only runner without a dog! I wanted to run a 10K and didn't see anything on the marketing material about it being for dogs. I now know!
  • Did the Canicross 10K in 2019

    It was not clear where the race registration was as it was down a hill from the cafe with no signs to tell you where to go. The start was not well organised, we set off in waves of 10, but they had not been pre-arranged, so 10 random people were called up to the start line at a time - it was pretty chaotic. The course itself was great, muddy and hilly. It was wide enough for overtaking. Would recommend even if the start was pretty crazy.
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    Charles G

    Did the Canicross 10K in 2019

    There were no signs to direct you to the race registration and it wasn't in an obvious place. Organisation at the start was pretty poor, they set us off in waves by just asking any 10 people to step up to the start line at a time - it was quite chaotic. That said, the organisers were very friendly. The course was great, very muddy and some good hills for variability. Course was wide enough for several runners and their dogs side-by-side so that overtaking was not an issue. I'd recommend it even if the start was a bit disorganised!
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