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New Forest Running Festival

17-Mar-2018 Red Shoot Camping Park, Linwood, BH24 3QT, New Forest, UK (England)


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Trail Race Race Terrain
80KM / 50Miles
1 Day - 200 Runners

Alternate Distances: 50KM/31M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £40 GBP

The New Forest Run Festival, now in it's 7th year offers runners a range of distances. We offer two 20 miles races over the weekend, popular with those training for a spring marathon or ultra runners in earlier stages of their training.

The run is over a mix of road and forestry trails and fairly easy underfoot so distance shoes as opposed to strict trail shoes are recommended.

The courses are looped for logistical reasons, with so many events taking place over the weekend which allows us to provide more aid stations. It also means you run near the event village each lap. This would suit those looking to experement with distance, kit choice and nutrition and hydration strategies knowing that you're never too far from the start should you wish to switch out equipment etc. This makes it an ideal training race towards events later in the year.

New in 2018 we now offer a 50 mile event as well as out 50 km race.

Check out the event page for more details.


Event Organiser
Phil Paterson



Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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Ewan Wilson

04:57 22-05-18

Well it was cold. Very cold.

Parked up the industrial estate in Ringwood and there was a bus as promised which ferried us to the event site. Usual set up with a registration tent and another drop bag tent which everyone was huddling in to avoid the cold. I made the mistake of arriving too early for fear of the world ending if I arrived less than 30 minutes before the race start. After deciding on a t shirt and waterproof Ronhill jacket rather than the multi layered outfits some specimens were sporting we all shuffled to the start.

Race briefing was short and simple and everyone was happy to get going. The course was approx. 90% trail mostly on compacted gravelly paths. Course is undulating but no huge hills. There is surprisingly little actual forest and much of the course was open and exposed which proved challenging given the wind chill factor brought the ‘feels like’ temperature to minus 2-3 degrees C. Some reasonably heavy snow appeared for about 30 minutes but it didn’t really lie.

There were I think 3 pit stops offering water, flat coke, (rock solid) jelly babies, mini cheddars and other little welcome tit bits great for replenishing the salt. About ¾ of the way there is a 2 or 3 mile stretch of road which was a welcome change. The course generally was attractive as you would expect in the New Forest. First time I’ve done a multi lap course in an ultra and it was fine. About half way the trail changed into quite mucky sand and was noticeably tougher and slower for a few miles.

Nice to finish this one as the wind got right up and it was damn cold at the end. A small goody bag to accompany the medal which was decent. Oh and you get two t shirts – a nice white one and not great quality black one with amusing slogans like “I like big runs and I cannot lie”. The black one will be quite good for cleaning your bike come winter.

Overall this was a good event and well organised. Plenty of marshals, water/food stations and an attractive course. Event HQ was easy to get around and had decent loos and some shelter. Shuttle bus from the parking to the site was pretty good and frequent. Shame about the weather as I’m sure this would have been much more fun on a sunny, crisp, cool day but it was bloody freezing.

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12:24 20-03-18

This race was amazing!
All the volunteers and the marshalls were super positive throughout, despite standing for hours in a blizzard. The aid stations were super well stocked always, and there were always kind words of support from everyone I saw.
The route was well marked out, and there were no mile markers (which I really liked) so the distance seemed to go much faster. There were some gradual hills and slopes throughout, still very runnable even if you train on roads.
I’d suggest wearing trail shoes and taking warm clothing. I carried lots of water and food with me, but I should have left it in the car because aid stations were so frequent.
Lovely scenery, wild ponies everywhere and a lovely countryside pub at the finish line. What more could you want?

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09:38 21-03-17

This was my second ultra and a completely different experience to Jedburgh. I have to admit it was much hilly and therefore more challenging than I expected.
The positives : beautiful scenery , 90% off road.good toilet and shower facilities for runners.
The downsides : The course was not 50km. I logged 29.7 miles on my Garmin and I heard other runners saying the course was short. The finish was a bit muddled at one point there was no one to give medals. When I gave in my race number they also had me logged as someone completely different😌.
That said I had an enjoyable day and I liked the beanie hat in the goody bag , a welcome change to the standard t shirt. Would I want to do it again? Probably not as I'm not a great fan of laps .

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04:47 20-03-17

I chose this race based on previous positive reviews, it also had the added bonus of being close to an area I used to live in so I could incorporate visiting friends and being ferried about.

I am pleased to say, for my first Ultra it was perfect and I would certainly recommend it. The course itself is run in a 10 mile loop which you repeat, depending on the distance you are running (50km for me so three loops), which means you are never far from home. The New Forest is beautiful and there are enough up and downs to make it challenging without feeling like you are going to be broken at any point.

The race is well organised, super friendly and well signposted (we even got led off over the first few kilometres), there is never any danger of you getting lost. There are three aid stations around the 10 mile loop, they did begin to run low on lap 3 but there was everything you would need assuming you are probably carrying your own as well. Equally the start/finish is nicely located in a campsite with a pub next door, so changing facilities, hot drinks, food and celebratory beers are all available.

This isn't a race for roaring crowds, you are in the middle of nowhere, but in saying that the cyclists and walkers I did see where all friendly and cheered you on, as did the Marshalls, and fellow runners.

Really pleased I chose this race to break my Ultra cherry and you could do worse than spending a day in March at this event.

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08:35 18-11-16

Great small event with lapped course on good trails. Friendly marshalls and very good quality tech T-Shirt. Recommended as a well-organised, beginner friendly ultra.
Drawback - there were errors in the chip timing results for the 50k. Such things happen, but despite trying several times to contact both the race organiser and chip timing company, no-one ever responded.

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10:11 04-04-16

My first 50km ultra, and what a great event to start with. Easy registration and an informative but fun briefing before the race.

The rest stations were well spread out, and stocked well with water, cola and snacks, the course was well signposted, and the marshals were full of cheers and encouragement (despite the fact it must have been rather chilly for them).

The course itself was predominantly on firm trails with a bit on road, with some lovely views of the New Forest on the way around.

A nice tshirt, buff and medal at the end, along with the chance to buy a very nice cup of tea. We were also able to use the facilities of the campsite where the race was based, which meant very nice loos and excellent hot showers which were greatly appreciated.

Definitely an event I will attend again.

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10:21 20-03-16

Great and well organised race, friendly marshals, well stocked aid stations. As new to ultras I liked the 3 laps as you knew not only how far you had to go at any given point you also knew the terrain and effort required. Firmly recommend!

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10:10 16-04-15

Ran the 50K Ultra event in 2014 & 2015. Love running in this part of the country, course fantastic, well marshalled and organised, good start and finish location, nice medal and T shirt. 3 laps of 10 miles a little repetitive, lots of other events on over the weekend but well done to all and I shall be hopefully back next year so its a big yes from me.

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02:36 12-04-15

in 2013 I ran the 50km, it snowed and was blowing what seemed like a gale. But the event was so well organised and the aid stations were so well manned that I loved it. So I decided to do the half marathon this year (2015) the conditions were perfect, glorious sunshine light wind. Again great organisation from start to finish. Very friendly and welcoming race. Would highly recommend one of the New Forest run festival events if you love wild places this is the place to go.

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12:58 12-04-15

I ran the 50km Ultra this year! What a brilliant race! And for so many reasons. The course was fantastic: So scenic and a good physical challenge. The organisation was excellent: The registration, the communication before the race, the marshalling and the feed stations were about as good as I've experienced in an organised race. And finally, the atmosphere was one of the friendliest I've ever witnessed. There was a hugely positive feel to the whole event and I enjoyed meeting and chatting to other runners, race organisers and supporters. Thank you to all. Keep doing what you're doing. It's great!

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