To celebrate 100 years of forestry, Forestry England have created a series of 10k trail running races in 16 of their beautiful forests. #Forests100 Each forest has its own unique trails and scenery, from flat and winding to hilly with spectacular views. I tried the Cannock Chase 10k on Sat 25 May – who knew the north of Birmingham was so hilly? This run was absolutely beautiful, on easy trails up and down through the forest, opening out on to fantastic views of pine trees with birds chirping away, then past a tranquil lake bobbing with ducks, and a hop over some stepping stones across a river to finish in a vast field (near the cafe!) with more great views.
Every runner got a super bright luminous lime race t-shirt (in women’s fit too, kudos Forestry England) with all the runs on the back with tick-boxes next to them for people doing 10k tours! Plus we all got one of my favourite medals yet – a lovely wooden disc with the Forestry England Running Series logo burned into it. The winners received solid oak trophies too, I interviewed the winning man so and got him to hold his trophy up so you can see that at 2:47.
If you complete 10 events you complete the Forestry 100 Challenge of running 100km on forest trails and you get a special t-shirt and free entry to Forests Live – fantastic concerts in stunning forests throughout the country! The winning man and woman at each race also get a free Forests Live entry too. Artists include Foals, Hacienda Clasical, Jack Savoretti, Jess Glynne, Paul Weller, Stereophonics and Tears for Fears. www.forestryengland.uk/music
Starring Ellen Devine, Centenary Wellbeing Projects Manager and the staff at Forestry England.
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