Thrunton Woods Trail Run: 10K or Half Marathon
Thrunton Woods is a special place, renowned for it’s great walking, dramatic crags and far off views of the Cheviots. Here is your chance to blow away the winter blues and get up close and personal with the woods to test yourself against this special terrain. We’re offering you the choice of a short 10K (ish) route or a longer half marathon (ish) distance. We’ll provide food, water, safety cover, prizes, medal and plenty of encouragement to help you on your way! This event sold out in 2016 and if you’re still not sure then why not read some of the reviews of why it was so special. Also, just like last year the numbers will be limited.
Thrunton Wood is managed by the Forestry Commission and we’ve gained permission to use all the trails you know about and a lot of the trails you don’t. The route will be well marked and our team will be on hand to help you along the way. From the majesty of Long Crag and Coe Crag to the branch fighting trails through Humbleton Hill, this run will keep you on your toes. Scrabbling for grip and slip sliding around are pretty much par for the course around here. Both routes will take on the famous double crags in the south of Thrunton Woods and then the half marathon goes round Thrunton Crags in the north and tackles some glorious paths there also.
Both route encompass leg burning climbs and ballet dancer style descents. Being sure of foot whilst remaining swift is an art form. This run incorporates more technical aspects of fell running than some of our other runs and is aimed at those who like interesting and challenging courses.
Our trail running events are all about getting out there into the natural environment and soaking in the amazing scenery that Northumberland has to offer. It doesn’t matter if the trail is grassy, rocky, muddy or a forest trail because chances are you will be surrounded by a rich and varied biodiversity. It’s there, all you need to do is look. Your heart will rise so high it will resonate in your head and the sweat pours off when pushing yourself for a sustained period of time. However, look around at your fellow runners and realise that you’re all in this together and everyone wants you to make it to the end.
When you’re done you’ll get a t-shirt and a medal to re-live the joyous experience / pain and remind yourself that you had enough in the tank to get round Thrunton. Remember this is a bank holiday weekend so if you’ve been driven there why not treat yourself to a drink and a meal at the nearby pub in Longframlington to congratulate yourself on a job well done.
Race Essentials: Short/Long
|Info pack||Sent out 1 week prior|
|Registration times||7am til 9am|
|Course records (long)||Men: 2016, Richard Garland, 2:03 / Women: 2016 Nicola Roper, 2:26|
|Course records (short)||Men: 2016, John butters, 1:03 / Women: 2016 Hazelle Webster-Costella, 1:23|
|Parking||Limited parking at event HQ. Dedicated parking a short walk away. All free.|
|Prizes||Medals for all. T-shirts optional. Overall winner. 1st/ 2nd/ 3rd Male. 1st/ 2nd/ 3rd Female. 1st V50 Male. 1st V50 Female. £50 for anyone breaking the course record.|
SOLD OUT but get yourself on the waiting list. . Long route £20. Short route £16. Optional £3 for t-shirt. For terms and regulations regarding the event please click here. Just to be clear, NO transfers, deferrals or refunds available.
No cut offs in place for this run. Take as long as you like. The only reason we’ll pull you out is on medical grounds.
Both routes are fully marked. GPS files of the exact route will be sent out with the info pack.
There is one main checkpoint that serves both routes. This will be stocked with food and drink and the marshals will also take your numbers on the way past. Expect delightful home made flapjacks, sweets and the odd bit of fruit. The long route passes through here twice.
If you have any medical conditions you must tell us in advance of the run. A professional medical team will be on site to deal with major incidents. First aiders can also be found around the course. Each runner will be given essential safety info to take round with them that has key details on it. Mountain Rescue are informed of the event. The nearest hospital is Cramlington Accident and Emergency Hospital.
Mandatory Kit List
There is every chance of inclement weather at Thrunton Woods. In 2016 we got a lovely sunny but crisp cold day but a week before that Thrunton was covered in a foot of snow! Here’s your list:
- Enough fluid for 2 hours of running
- Emergency whistle
- Waterproof/Windproof jacket/gillet (can be one jacket)
- Emergency survival bag
- Spare food of your choice. Will will be supplying food at checkpoints but you know what your body needs better than we do.
- Mobile phone. It will only work when high up but it can be a vital lifeline in an emergency.
- OS Map OL332 “Alnwick & Amble” 1:25,000
Maps of the route can be seen here.
Short route - Tracks from the start up to the two main crags in the south and then winds its way back via grassy tracks and forest roads.
Long route - Follows the same route as the 10K but then diverts north to go round Thrunton Crag and some extra tracks.
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What did previous runners think?
Have a look at the Reviews page and find out.
Do I need to register in advance?
Yes. All participants must enter in advance using our online booking. For registration info please see above.
Will we receive a map of the route?
You will be sent the map as part of the runner information pack around 1 week prior to the event. There will be a map of the route on display in the registration area. The route will be well marked but in the event of any issue refer to your map. The route is well sign posted with marshals at key points.
Are there Age Limits for Participants?
Yes. All runners must be 17 or over.
Should I bring my family?
Why not. They can walk through the woods and see you at various points without too much effort.
Can I bring my dog?
UKA and TRA rules state that no dogs are allowed on the run.
What Shoes Should I Wear?
Trail running in Thrunton is all about roots, rocks and mud. Trail or fell running shoes are highly, highly recommended.
Can we stay the night before?
There are plenty of places to stay in the area should you be travelling from further afield. Longframlington itself has some good B&B options.
Do I need a support team?
No. We will man the event and make sure you get round OK. You will need to bring essentials such as a kit list/compulsory items mentioned above.
What happens if I drop out?
We encourage anyone to try as hard as they can but there is no point in going beyond your limits. Injury, fitness or even a family emergency may mean you have to leave the event. If this happens on the course please go to the nearest checkpoint and let them know you are dropping out. If you only go to one checkpoint please try and make it the registration area as this is the final count of who has finished and left the area. If you don’t then we’ll presume you are missing and go on a man hunt!