The Westonbirt 10k is a unique run held in the stunning Grade I Registered landscape of Westonbirt, The National Arboretum near Tetbury in Gloucestershire.
Home to over 15,000 specimen trees from around the globe, Westonbirt Arboretum is a well-established location for races.
The course is mainly on compacted gravel paths and is overall a good running surface – although stony in places. The route takes in the flat, ornamentally planted areas of the arboretum, as well as the steeper, native areas reached via a valley path.
There are water stations at approximately 5.5km and at the end of the race.
The course has been measured as 10k and there are distance markers at each kilometre. The race is chip timed with prizes for the first three overall male and female. There will be a memento for all finishers.
The categories are:
The start of the race is inside the arboretum – you will need to park in the main car park and enter through the Welcome Building to register, pick up your number and chip and make your way to the race start point.
Registration opens at 4pm on Tuesday 24 May. Runners are welcome to bring spectators with them. Refreshments, ample parking and toilet facilities are available.
Many thanks to the businesses which provided prizes for this event in 2016.
The overall winner won a one night midweek spa break for two people at Calcot Manor, including the best available double or twin room, dinner, breakfast and two 25 minute spa treatments, plus a cream tea for two.
Other prizes included:
- Six £50 gift vouchers from Cotswold Outdoor
- A selection of Waitrose goodies
- A selection of chutneys from Tracklements
- One year membership of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum
- A selection of local ales from Stroud Brewery.
Run for the Trees!
Runners who wish to support the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum (charity number 293190) may apply to run the Westonbirt 10k for free.
You’ll need to sign up in advance and agree to raise £75 or more. Your sponsorship will help to ensure that the arboretum can be enjoyed for many years to come.
You’ll also receive a 10k t-shirt, a pair of tickets to Enchanted Christmas 2016 and tips for fundraising and training. Visit www.fowa.org.uk/10krun to find out how your sponsorship helps!