Earlier this year, Forestry Commission England launched the Forestry 100 Running series. These 10k running events were created as part of the commission's 2019 centenary celebrations, and, in a big boost for the event, former Olympian and athletics legend Steve Cram has announced he will be taking part in the opening race at Hamsterley Forest.
There are sixteen 10k events across the Forestry 100 Running series, all of which have been organised to encourage people to experience the freedom, fresh air and scenery of running on forest trails.
The Hamsterley Forest 10K, in County Durham, is the first in the series to come to the north on Sunday 7 April and Steve Cram will be on hand to open the race and give participants the unique opportunity to run alongside him on a 10k route that offers stunning views across the North Pennines.
Cram, founder and race director of one of the UK’s most stunning events, the Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon, said of his participation: “I’m delighted to be supporting the Forestry 100 series celebrating 100 years of the Forestry Commission. I’m a huge fan of exploring the outdoors on foot, and trail running through the forests on our doorsteps is a great way to combine both.
“It was this passion that helped me set up the Kielder Marathon in the heart of Northumberland, taking in some of the most stunning routes through the forest trails.
“The Forestry 100 series will be perfect training if you’re interested in joining us for our own birthday celebration in Kielder later this year. Hope to see you all in Hamsterley Forest in April.”
You can book your place alongside Cram at the Hamsterley Forest 10K here.