Always on the look out for virgin territory to tread, runABC South was delighted to hear the final race in the Forestry 100 Running Series will be held at a brand new venue, Jeskyns Woods near Cobham, Kent on Saturday 7 December.
The Forestry Commission, established September 1919, is England's largest landowner with over 1,500 forests under management. To celebrate its centenary the Forestry 100 Running Series 2019, comprising 16 races of 10K presented by Nice Work race management, facilitates access to these wonderful spaces.
The series started on 31 March at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, near Goudhurst. There are prizes at all events and special series awards for completing 10 races (100K). The exclusive Forestry 100 technical T-shirt is awarded to every 100K series finisher and a bespoke wooden medal goes to every individual race competitor.
Jeskyns Community Woodland
is a newly planted 360-acre former farm with a network of good surfaced walking/running trails through meadows, orchards and woodland. There are children's play areas, a cafe and even a unique dog activity trail to explore with your canine companion.
The 10K circuit at Jeskyns Woods is described as a winding, circular route through brand new woodland and wildflower meadows. Nicknamed the fruity one, Nice Work organisers invite competitors to identify the various fruits in the freshly planted orchards.
Jeskyns Woods is linked to five more countryside sites including Shorne Woods Country Park
via the Darnley Trail, with stunning views of North Kent Downs AONB. Why not race Jeskyns Woods in the morning and then visit Shorne Country Park for lunch and a recovery walk?