Wyre Forest Half-Marathon

Who fancies this then? We'll try and book the glorious weather we always do get for you all again!




  • Any one know if this is totally off-road and/or the location of a map?

    I presume there is a significant amount of forestry roads/paths and will probably do it if so, as I have a bit of an aversion to tarmac! Would also like to do a recce prior to the race.


  • I'm in!    image
  • The race is totally off road, on forest tracks and trails.  Hilly, with beautiful scenery.

  • this is maybe the hardest half marathon i've ever done, it made me want to cry. and fall over. but im back for round 2 image

  • Are there any showers?  Or showers nearby?  A swimming pool even?!  Just I want to spend the day down there afterwards and would prefer to be clean!
  • I'm afraid not Runner 33, the nearest showers and pool would be the Glades Leisure Centre 3 miles away in Kidderminster.

  • Hi

     This is my first half marathon am i mad?

  • Stacey - of course you are! but I am sure you will love it - off road is much nicer than tarmac!

     I haven't entered yet - if there are organisers lurking on this thread - are there likely to be places on the day?

  • Hi, yes, Race Director here.  We are taking entries on the day.  Please arrive before 10.  Look forward to seeing you!
  • Great Thanks! we will be there in good time. I do the entries for our club race so I can imagine the stress, phone calls and envelopes you are buried in right now....
  • Hi, only just heard about this one, hope there are several 'on the day' places to be had! Is there a route map anywhere? What sort of terrain is it?
  • Various terrain Tricia - it's tracks and paths around the Wyre Forest. Various from wide, well constructed paths that the forestry vehicles travel along to narrow (sometimes very muddy) paths through the trees. Lot's of steep inclines, so you certainly won't get bored! Ran this one last year, and am looking forward to another couple of hours of running through beautiful scenery with no cars in sight on Sunday image
  • I bought some multi-terrain running shoes for the Forest Of Dean Half this year - would anyone recommend these for the Wyre Forest Half? Or standard road shoes?
  • Hi Adrian,  I'd recommend some well cushioned trail shoes or just normal road shoes this year. Ran in the forest last weekend and it's very dry. Will be running the course tomorrow evening to do some last minute checks, but can't see things changing.
  • Hope to see you on Sunday Craig.

    Brian Smith Photography.

  • cant wait
  • Hi All

    Ran the course last night .  It's very dry on route and I wore my Salomon trail shoes which where fine although so would regular road shoes. We will have 3 drinks stations on the course , but carrying extra is not a bad idea.

    See you all tomorrow


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    Thank you Craig.
  • I'm looking forward to this in a sort of "I must be mad to be running this"type of way..... I've run about 20 Half Marathons in the last 3 years and  fear this will be the hardest? My PB is 1:37 but I expect to run this in over 2 hours. Does that sound about "par" for the Course guys?!


  • I`m also excited but a little nervous about this course, its only my second half marathon, the first of which was quite flat.

    I can`t wait!! see you all tomorrow...

    good luck to everyone.


  • Looking forward to this , it might be hot but we'll be int he country so it'll be great , look out for my VW campervan yellow and white
  • had a good run today very hard though but well organised,thank to runner 7, for getting me going again about mile 11,my time was 2h15
  • great run! hard.

    couple of questions:

    does anyone know if the guy who fell over at the start is ok? i felt so sorry for him image

    who is the photographer on the half way mark? i`d like to see his pics.


  • He was fine.
  • thanks brian.

  • What great day out - lovely course , well marshalled and a nice mug to finish. Struggled all the way round thopugh, not as fit as I once was and walked up the last hill, only got round as well as I did because I ran with a firend , who had shut her hand ina car door earlier and ran in great pain - she left me for a sprint finish at 12 miles! Still it was a lovely course - it's my own fault if I don't train.
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