Runners in the soutth of England are invited to branch out and sign up for the Forestry 100 Running Series, a new and exciting challenge to run 10 of the most beautiful 10K trail races imaginable to help celebrate 100 years of the Forestry Commission.
In September 1919 the Forestry Commission was founded to restore the nation's woods and forests following the First World War and the Commission is now England's largest landowner with over 1,500 forests under management.
The Forestry 100 provides the ideal opportunity for runners to help celebrate the Forestry Commission centenary and to give something back to an organisation that has transformed access to and enjoyment of one of our prime natural resources.
There are a total of 16 race venues throughout England between March and December. All of the races are promoted by Sussex-based Nice Work
race management, with more than 30 years experience and a massive portfolio of events including many trail races.
Runners may enter one or all of the races but there is a special discount available for signing up in advance for 10 events – hence the Forestry 100 Series – and there are special rewards for all series contestants.
The series kicks off on Sunday, 31 March at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, near Goudhurst, on a new course past impressive conifers and picturesque lakes. Highlights include the walled garden start/finish and glorious reflections of water lillies on Marshals Lake.
Further races in the south are at Alice Holt Forest on 16 June; Haldon Forest Park on 23 June; Wendover Woods on 30 June, Thames Chase Forest on 10 November and Jeskyns Community Woodland on 7 December.
There are individual prizes at all events and series awards for 10 races (100kms) with every course presenting a different challenge and wonderful views of the English countryside. An exclusive Forestry 100 technical T-shirt is waiting for every series participant and a bespoke wooden medal goes to every race finisher.
Image courtesy Forestry Commission