Forest of Marston Vale Trail Series

A four part summer trail run series exploring the Forest of Marston Vale.

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Overview

A four part summer trail run series exploring the Forest of Marston Vale.

June 24th Millennium Country Park
July 22nd Gateway Woods
August 19th The Grange Estate
September 23rd Marathon Challenge

The guided routes will be completed as intermediate group runs at 6:00 min/km pace. Please read our pace guide for more information.

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Dates & locations

24.06.18 Millennium Country Park
18.5km (Relatively flat)
22.07.18 Gateway Woods
18km (flat)
19.08.18 The Grange Estate
18km
23.09.18 Forest of Marston Vale Marathon Challenge
42km (26.2 miles)

Scroll down to see more detailed information about each run.

Tickets

You can purchase the first three runs individually or book them all to receive a £5 discount.

For each sign up we are donating £1 to the Forest of Marston Vale.

  • Individually — £10 per run
  • First three — £25

Marathon Challenge tickets

You can purchase tickets to the Marathon Challenge for £25, and we will be donating all profits from this run to the Forest of Marston Vale.

Forest of Marston Vale

This run series has been organised with the Forest of Marston Vale.

A charity that are planting trees within an area covering 61 square miles of Bedfordshire, known as the Forest of Marston Vale.

For more information visit their website

Trail running in Marston Vale Forest

Run #1

June 24th — Millennium Country Park

Route

This route starts on the flat trails of Millennium Country park, heading out to Folly & Granary Wood at the top of Lidlington, with stunning views of the vale.

From there we make our way down towards the forests near Cranfield and back to the Forest Centre to refuel.

Details

Date - June 24th, 10am
Distance - 18.5km
Profile - Fairly flat
Start/finish - The Forest Centre, Bedford, MK43 0PR

Transport

This run is only accessible via vehicle.


Run #2

July 22nd — Gateway Woods

Route

From the Forest centre we make our way along trails towards the villages of Kempston and Wotton, taking in the beauty of the Gateway woods on a long windy loop before heading back to base.

Details

Date - July 22nd, 10am
Distance - 18km
Profile - Flat
Start/finish - The Forest Centre, Bedford, MK43 0PR

Transport

This run is only accessible via vehicle.


Run #3

August 19th — The Grange Estate

Route

We start by making our way out Priory Park along the trails towards the village of Willington. We pass through Octagon wood and the Grange Estate along a mix of hard, grass and soft flat trails before heading back towards Priory Lake.

Refuel at the Cloverdale Retreat

Details

Date - August 19th, 10am
Distance - 18km
Profile - Undulating
Start/finish - Priory Country Park, Bedford, MK41 9DJ

Transport

This run starts in Priory Park, 2 miles from Bedford town centre.


Run #4

September 23rd — Forest of Marston Vale Marathon Challenge

Details

The aim of this is to raise as much money as we can for the maintenance and upkeep of the Forest of Marston Vale.

The marathon route makes its way through all of the 9 forests! The route is relatively flat and will be ran as a group with frequent breaks and planned rest stops along the way.

NB. We will be organising transport back to the start location!

Date - September 23rd
Distance - Marathon
Profile - Relatively flat
Start/finish -Danish Camp Riverside Visitor Centre, Bedford, MK44 3QG

Transport

This run is only accessible via vehicle. However we will be organising transport from Bedford train station for those wanted to join from London.

NB. We will be organising transport back to the start location and Bedford train station!


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