Dec 6th - Mallards Pike
Jan 10th - Beechenhurst (Cannop )
Feb 7th - Wye Valley (Chepstow)
Mar 28th - Speech House
Our popular off-road Night Race Series is back for 2018/19.
This will be our 5th season. All our venues are capable of accommodating 350 runners. We set out over 500 reflective markers so you simply can't get lost. As usual, all races within the FoD are fully permitted by the Forestry Commission. All races in the series are mid-week on Thursdays starting at 7:30pm.
Entry Fees 2018/19: £9 affiliated / £11 unaffiliated (£2 extra on the night)
Dates and Venues:
1/ Thursday December 6th. 7:30pm. Mallards Pike Lake, Forest of Dean, GL15 4HD
The season kicks off again with our popular course at Mallards Pike. Some fire track to start, a tour round the lake and then off to the lovely single-track paths in the forest. There will be the usual mixture of bridleways, footpaths and purpose built mountain bike track. Cakes and hot drinks back in the heated marquee.
2/ January 10th. 7:30pm. Cycle Centre (Cannop), Forest of Dean, GL16 7EH
Our usual Beechenhurst course but this year running from the Cycle Centre at Cannop - this is even easier to find. There is lots of hard standing car parking and toilets. This route gets the widest acclaim with such a variety of terrain types.
3/ February 8th. 7:30pm. Wye Valley and Piercefield Park, Chepstow Race Course, Chepstow, NP16 6BE
This is undoubtedly our most 'civilized' venue and with easiest access from the local road network and motorway. Space for a 1000 cars! A very characterful course with sections in the Piercefield Park and along the Wye Valley Walk. There's a foot wash on this one too.
4/ March 28th: 7:30pm. Chepstow Park Woods Speech House, Devauden, Near Chepstow NP16 6PE
A new race for 2019. This event is designed for night race beginners. No mud, no 'ruff stuff'. Smooth and wide gravel tracks through out. No hills. We've had to change the venue due to forestry restrictions in and around the Speech House in the Forest of Dean.
Night running off-road is an exciting experience and one not to be missed. These Night Race events will:
- be roughly 5 or 6 miles long
- have 'chip timing'
- be fully marked with over 350 specially made reflective signs and flashing arrows.
- have toilets and catering facilities
- have a running ‘sweeper’ and marshals in key places on the route with radios to keep in contact with base
- have First Aid Cover
- be fully Permitted and insured through the ARC.
At each event snacks and drinks will be included and in most cases further meals will be available to purchase.
Our chip timing system allows us to produce 'live results' so you'll be able to see your time, category position and where you come relative your friends as soon as you finish. There will be a prize presentation not long after the last runner finishes.
There will be trophies for 1st Man and Lady and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Man and Lady and also in the age categories: V40, V50, V60+ (only one prize per person). We will also have 2 spot prizes on each evening.
For these events, a headtorch is clearly an essential item. Modern LED lights will provide all the light you'll need to run fast over difficult terrain. Getting a powerful light is the best way to boost your confidence and performance.
We strongly advise you to wear 'fell shoes' on these events. Innov8's, Walshes or similar shoes with an aggressive tread and shallow mid-sole. You wear road shoes at your peril ! Road shoes, whilst not only having minimum grip, are often wider and place your feet higher off the ground. Accident and Emergency here we come!
It's a very good idea to bring a hat, gloves and a windproof to these races. At night and in these months it can be below freezing. If you suffer back-up light failure, it’s a cold wait, and a slow jog back with the ‘Sweepers’.
Read an independent report on our 2013/14 Night Race Series by Keith Fairburn on the Muddy Race website (www.muddyrace.co.uk) here
This is what people have said about our night races:
“That’s the best race I have ever done. “
"Fantastic event and thank you to the organisers and marshals for this very well managed night race".
“Again thanks for last evenings race – a great initiative.A long trip for me – but still well worth it. Please pass our thanks to your marshals – it must have been a lonely job!Looking forward to the next race”.
“Great event last night, it was a surprisingly uplifting & exhilarating experience that I did not expect to enjoy so much after a day at the grindstone. I don't see how you could do more in terms of marking the course”
“Cheers folks. We really enjoyed it!”
“Thanks for a great race and experience, all of us at really enjoyed it and glad we came over, tough terrain but a memorable Race, First Night run I’ve done, but will defo do one again. Thanks for your hospitality … good turnout and atmosphere. Please pass on our thanks to all the Marshals out in the muddy Woods, and those who mapped the course out - very well done, not an easy race to organise - impressed by the overall organisation of the event”.
“Great race, proper trails, lots of fun“.
“On behalf of those in our club, just like to say thanks for this very well organised unique event, we all really enjoyed it.”
“We had a great night in The Forest of Dean “
“Brilliant! Thanks – we really enjoyed the run and will definitely be keen to do more”.
“Great course, very well organised and nice chips!!”
“Congratulations on an awesome race last night, really well organised and thoroughly enjoyed by all - many thanks personally and on behalf of those in our club”.
Photos from previous years:
23rd February 2017 Tosh's Photos here
29th January 2017 Tosh's Photos are here
17th November 2016 Tosh's Photos are here
Rising Sun Inn 2014 Photos here
December 2015 Photos at the tunnel here
December 2015 Photos at 'The Chair' here
January 2016 Photographs here
February 2016 Photos here