The Forest of Dean Autumn Half Marathon
Sun 29 Sep 2024 Coleford, Gloucestershire, UK

The Forest of Dean Autumn Half Marathon

Follow a course on forest trails with no road crossings and some interesting hill challenges, offering runners a chance to experience the forest with its late-summer leaf canopy.

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  • Sun 29 Sep 2024
The Speech House, Coleford

The Forest of Dean Autumn Half Marathon



Age 17 & over

  • 13.1 miles multi terrain running


An autumn half marathon in the Forest of Dean at the end of September each year with the impressive Speech House as the event base.


This popular event is organised by The Rotary Club of the Royal Forest of Dean and supported by the Forestry Commission. Proceeds are used to support charities, both locally and nationally.


  • Autumn half marathon on forest trails
  • Opportunity to stay at Speech House
  • Experience the forest late-summer
  • Top reviews from runners of all abilities
  • Easy online entry, no fundraising required
  • Show your support for the Royal Forest of Dean

Event video

  • All fitness levels
  • Event village
  • Free venue entry
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators
  • Teams
  • Traders at event

Shoe type

Road running shoes or trainers. Spikes should not be worn as part of the course includes short gravel sections.


  • 08:00 | Car park opens
  • 08:00 | Registration opens
  • 09:30 | Latest time to collect race bib and chip
  • 09:45 | Registration closes
  • 10:00 | Race starts

  • Accommodation
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Free parking
  • Rural
  • Toilets

Event HQ

The Speech House
Speech House Road
GL16 7EL

Event hub/accommodation

The centre of race operations is located at the Speech House in the heart of the Forest of Dean. 

Speech House
Runners have the opportunity to stay here!

If you’re new to the area, Speech House is almost at the centre of the Forest of Dean. It operates as a hotel, but it still supports the historic Verderer’s Court - the ancient parliament of the Freeminers of the Forest of Dean.


Competitor car parking will be in the Speech House Field, a 15-acre site directly adjacent to the Speech House and both the start and finish areas. Parking will be under the control of dedicated parking marshals. It is important that you park your vehicle as directed. Parking is at your own risk.

Spectators are encouraged to use other car parks within the Forest of Dean.

Although parking capacity is substantial, to avoid saturating approach roads at critical times, please consider sharing cars if you can! 


Hot drinks and refreshments will be available near the race start and finish. A bar will be available after the race at Speech House.

  • 1 lap
  • Distance markers
  • First aid
  • Marshals
  • No cut off time
  • No headphones
  • Return transport
  • Single start
  • Traffic free
  • Undulating
  • Water stations
  • Way markers


The race course for the autumn half marathon will be run entirely on forest trails with no road crossings at all! The course will use a number of different trails compared with the spring course.

Forest of Dean

The officially-measured half-marathon course (13 miles 192.5 yards) is run on way-marked trails laid out by the Forestry Commission. Special permission has been given to stage the race over this course.

The course starts and finishes at Speech House. The multi-terrain route will be fully signed and marshalled, and marked by yellow paint on the ground. Mile-markers are provided. The route generally uses well-maintained tracks; it will use a number of new trails and will be slightly hillier than the spring course.

The race will be led by lead cyclists.



Drink stations

Water stations will be provided at approximately 5km intervals around the race course. Drinks will also be available at the finish.

  • Chip timing
  • Massage
  • Medal
  • Trophy

Race photographs

Photographic coverage of the event is provided by Charles Whitton Photography who make sure all of the photographs that are taken during the race available from their website.


A medal (with ribbon) will be presented to every finisher.

Massage therapy

Post race massage therapy will be available to competitors free of charge. This facility will be available in one of the tents close to the Finish area and is being provided by James Grant and his colleagues from the University of Worcester who will be in attendance to offer treatment, advice and words of comfort!


Special T-shirts will be on sale near the start line.

  • Age 17 & over
  • Entries open
  • Collect race pack
  • Enter online
  • Event merch available
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Entry fees

Entry fee (Affiliated)


Entry fee (Unaffiliated)


Brilliant day out. Well organised. Great route. Thank to all the marshalls and supporters on route. Diane Stacey

My second FOD half marathon and it was fab! Great marshalling and organised so well I loved it!! Cannot wait for the Spring one now, so lucky to have this on our doorstep. Kerry Howells

Fantastically well run event uber friendly and Marshalls are amazing.. Flatten out the hills a little bit maybe? ;) loves it will be back again in the spring. Samantha Jane Perrott

Great run today. Great course and we'll organised. The Marshalls and all the supporting spectators around the course really spurred me on, as I'm sure it did the other runners. Paul Griffin

Loved my first run with you today! It was so well organised and the marshals were fantastic. Will definitely be coming back in the spring along with more members from our running club. Julie Herbert

Great but tough course, fantastic Marshall's, well organised, and great support. Well done all. Paul Wilby-Davies 

Loved my first ever HM. Great course, lovely marshals, Well organised. Can't wait till the spring one now! Caz Brown

A cracking event. Thanks for doing it again. Would recommend it to anyone. Joe Cater

Amazing day - amazing race - so well organised and a fantastic atmosphere. Mark Tregilgas

My fourth race here and I think today was my favourite. Love the course, the support and all round atmosphere was excellent. Will do the double again next year. Brian J Vallely

Thank you for organising such a fantastic race! Great course and amazing marshalls! ... and loo queues were not too bad either πŸ˜‰ My first trail and I loved it! My son really enjoyed the 5k too! Hope to be back in March / next year! We're already talking about a FOD short break!! Catherine Davis

The most friendly and pretty half, loved the spring one, challenged myself on this one. The hills! Looking forward to the spring. Thank you to all the marshals, organisers and spectators..., congrats to all the runners. Lucie Tuddenham