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Run through the trees in Westonbirt Arboretum's popular 10k race Featured

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ENTRIES are open for the popular Westonbirt 10K at the National Arboretum, which takes place on Thursday May 9 at 7pm, part of the Forestry Commission Active Forests programme.

Runners taking part in the race will be able to run through the world renowned tree collection at one of its most beautiful times of year, with spring blooms and flowering trees providing the backdrop.

Perfect for those looking for a challenge in the new year, or veteran runners looking to achieve a new personal best, the course takes participants through the picturesque avenues of the Old Arboretum and into the peaceful tranquillity of the ancient Silk Wood, on largely flat terrain and hard paths. Every penny goes back into supporting the nation’s woods and forests, and protecting these beautiful places for future generations.

All runners will also have the opportunity to fundraise for the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum. Raise £50 and receive early bird entry to the race in 2020, raise £90 and receive a T-Shirt and early bird entry to the race in 2020. All funds raised for the Friends go back into the arboretum, for important work in conservation and community.

Paul Cody, the head of Visitor Attraction at Westonbirt Arboretum said: "We are thrilled that the run will be returning to us for its fifth consecutive year! This year we have looked to give runners an all-new route, taking them past some of the spring highlights of the arboretum. You don’t have to be an experienced runner to take part – anyone looking for a new challenge or those who are completely new to running can come and have a go."

The run costs £15.50 to UK athletics affiliated members, and £17.50 to non-affiliated members. To book, visit

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