Race Information | Cannock Chase Running Festival



Cannock Chase Forest – Forestry England, Birches Valley, Rugeley WS15 2UQ, UK

Start times

Sunday, 14 Apr 2024

 Half Marathon: 9:00 am

10k: 9:30 am

5k: 9:40 am

Kids Race: 11:30 am

Route information

Elevation: Undulating

Terrain: Gravel – Tarmac – Trails

One Laps = 5k

 This undulating course takes runners in and around the stunning woodland of Cannock Chase Forest. This event venue is unique as it will be host to the 2022 Commonwealth Games mountain biking at the Forestry England site. Each course will be clearly way-marked with arrows, signs and distance markers. There will also be marshals stationed throughout the course to ensure you run in the correct direction of to cheer you on your way.

How to get there

Cannock Chase Forest – Forestry England, Birches Valley, Rugeley WS15 2UQ, UK

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There will be free parking available at the concert site. Please do note that if you wish to stay at the forest after the event, you must move your car to the main venue car park.

By Train

The closest train station to Cannock Chase Forest is Rugeley Town, which is located at 2.7 miles away. If you are travelling by train, and travel light, you could jog to the start line to warm up.


09:00 Half Marathon starts
09:30 10k starts
09:40 5k starts
11:30 Junior Race starts

12:30 Event ends

 *Please arrive at least 45-60 minutes before the start of your race to allow plenty of time to park, register, collect your race pack, attach your race number, drop your bag, and warm up.

Race Pack
Race Packs must be collected on the day of the event, before the start of your race, from registration. Please be aware that you will not receive anything in the post.

Age Requirements

5k – 11 and older

10k – 15 and older

Half Marathon – 17 and older

Bag Drop
There will be a secure area where bags can be left, though it is recommended that you bring as little baggage as possible. Your bag tag is attached to your race number which you can tear off and attach to your bag.
There will be water stations at the 5k point of the race and at the finish where flapjacks and bananas will be waiting for finishers.
Race Rules
It is not recommended that you wear headphones during the race so you stay alert to what is going on around you and hear the encouragement from marshals and spectators. There will also be pedestrians on the paths you’ll be running who you’ll need to be aware of.
On-Site Facilities
There will be portable toilets available at the event village for use.
 Race Results
Your race timings will be published on RunThrough results page after the race.