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Forest of Dean Forest Runner

1.0 · 1 review

Mallards Pike Lake, Parkend, Gloucestershire

Mallards Pike Lake, Parkend, Gloucestershire, GL15 4HD

Sun 28th November 2021

Starting at 09:00

2 races

£22.00 - £24.75


Forestry England has provided covid-19 safety information for this event.

Organiser's Description

Our forests are the perfect place to run, and this Autumn we are excited to bring you Forest Runner, a new series of 5k and 10k events, hosted at ten of our beautiful forests across England. Choose your challenge and enjoy some beautiful surroundings.

Mallards Pike Lake is in the centre of the Forest of Dean and is a beautiful lake surrounded by woodland. This beautiful setting is a great place to get active. See what wildlife you can spot as you run around the Lake.


  • 5 Km


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  • 10 Km


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  • 5 Km


    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

  • 10 Km


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What's Included

All finishers will receive a goody bag which includes a fantastic Forest Runner neck tube. Beautiful solid oak trophies are up for grabs as well as some super prizes from our event sponsors, Merrell.

Not only that, you’re helping us to plant more trees; all profits go back into your local forest so that we can keep growing, shaping and caring for our forests across the nation.
Forest Runner events are managed in partnership with Events of the North.

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Course Details

Both routes take the runners out along the dismantled railway line, into the wider forest through a mix of broadleaf trees, coniferous woods and some open wildlife areas. You might be lucky enough to spot one of our native species of deer, buzzards or just enjoy the birdsong of a morning in the forest!

The 5k route continues on hard stone fire tracks that undulate its way back to towards the finish line above the lake. From the turn off, the 10k route begins to climb gradually taking you through Middleridge Inclosure and up to the heights of Staple Edge woods. The hard stone tracks take you on a long winding descent around the hillside, snaking through the towering mature cedars and firs. You'll head back down towards the far side of the lake for a picturesque finish. There is a short, steep, downhill section towards the end that is unsurfaced and will be muddy or wet or both!


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·5 months ago

We arrived at the car park at 8:30 and were surprised there was only 30 or so cars parked up. Out of the car and a couple approached us and said 'So you didn't get the email either?' Apparently there was an email sent out the previous evening to say the start time had moved from 9am to 10:30am due to the recent storm and the course needed to be checked. We along with dozens of other runners had to leave as a 10:30am run wasn't possible due to commitments later in the day. Very unhappy to be £50 out of pocket, a wasted 2 hour return trip and no run. Shame on the organisers for leaving it so late in the day to notify people, that is if you actually got the email. I won't be entering a run organised by the Forest runners again.


Mallards Pike Lake, Parkend, Gloucestershire

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