Saturday 16th September 2017

Registration: 0730 hrs
Walkers 26.5 mile start: 0830 hrs
Walkers 17 mile and all runners: 0930 hrs
Henley in Arden School,
Stratford Road,
Henley in Arden. B95 6AF


  • The walk is organised by "The 'Heart of England Forest' Marathon Association".
  • It is recommended that all participants carry maps (OS Explorer maps 220 and 205 ), food/drink, simple first aid and money. Entrants are also advised to wear sensible footwear and carry waterproof clothing.
  • There will be four checkpoints (26.5 mile) en route. All will supply cold drinks and simple food, some will supply hot drinks but entrants should carry their own supplies to supplement these. Please note: IT IS ESSENTIAL TO BRING A MUG as cups will not be provided. There will be hot drinks and a meal at the finish including a vegetarian option. Showers and changing rooms are also available on completion. All finishers will receive a certificate.
  • Baggage may be left at the start at the owners risk. Please label your baggage with your name and address and contact number.
  • The nearest train station is in Henley in Arden. Trains leave New Street every 30 mins on a Saturday - allow a 10 minute walk from the station. Note the first train arrives at 0806 so please use the train and save the environment and our parking space. Henley is also served by several buses from Birmingham and Solihull. Only limited parking is available on site or nearby at owner's risk.
  • A huge range of accommodation exists from luxury hotels through rooms in pubs guest houses and youth Hostels.
  • For Postal Registrations:
    • Cheque made payable to "Heart of England Forest Marathon Association".
    • S.A.E essential to receive number and route description if email not supplied.


  1. All entrants under the age of 18 must have the signed permission of a parent or guardian, additionally all entrants aged 12 to 15 must be accompanied by a named responsible adult at all times. Age 12 is the minimum age for an entrant.
  2. Entries must be made online or on the official entry form or photocopy with only one entry per form. If an email address is not supplied a stamped addressed envelope must be enclosed to allow the route description to be forwarded. Postal entries close on the 8th September 2017 or when the combined entry limit of 350 has been reached. Please contact the entry secretary for entry on the day.
  3. The entry fee is 18 for either event (cheques made payable "Heart of England Forest Marathon Association"). Any on the day entry will be charged at 25
  4. The organisers reserve the right to refuse any entry and return any monies paid in full. If the event has to be cancelled the full entry fee will be returned. If entrants cancel more than 10 days before the event the entry fee will be returned less a 5 administration fee, no trees will be planted for you. If cancelled after this point no refund will be given but two trees will still be planted for you.
  5. The route will start from Henley in Arden School, Stratford Road, Henley in Arden, B95 6AF, Grid ref SP151 651. Registration opens at 0730. Walkers 26.5 mile route start will be 0830. All Runners and Walkers for the 17 mile course will start at 09:30. The event must be completed by 18:30. (10 hour time limit for 26.5 mile route) and entrants must pass through each check point in the correct order.
  6. The route description will show checkpoint opening and closing times. Opening times are geared to 5mph (8km) pace from the main start at 08:30 and 8 mph from the runners start at 09:30. IF IT IS LIKELY THAT YOU WILL EXCEED 5 mph PLEASE START AT 09:30 HRS. Closing times are geared to approx 2.5 mph from 08:30. Participants must leave each checkpoint before the closing time and anyone arriving after the closing time will be retired or diverted onto the shorter course.
  7. Retiring entrants must hand in their tally at a checkpoint and transport to the finish will be arranged as soon as possible. In an emergency, if the retiring entrant cannot reach the next checkpoint, they should pass their tally on to another entrant to be handed in to a marshal at the next checkpoint. A mobile number will be given on the route description for emergency use only. Under no circumstances retire without telling the organisers. Please read the Health and Safety assessment included with the route description and follow the country code.
  8. No dogs are allowed on the event