F A Q’s

Full essential race information for Sunday 13th September 2020 will be available here in August 2020…

Please find below answers to our most frequently asked questions.


When are the New Forest Marathon races held?

All races will take place on Sunday 13th September 2020. We have worked with local running clubs to fit nicely into the running calendar for this year.

Where do I park my car when arriving on race day?

New Park Showground has extensive parking on site so there’s plenty of room for everyone. We ask for a small fee of £5 per car to park all day.

Is there a shuttle bus operating from Brockenhurst Railway Station to the Race Village?

Yes we have a New Forest Marathon Shuttle Bus operating from Brockenhurst Railway Station to New Park Showground (Race Village) on Sunday September 13th. The shuttle bus timetable and prices for 13th September 2020 will be available soon.

Do all finishers receive a medal? 

Everyone crossing the finish line will receive a New Forest Marathon Medal for the distance they have completed. These will be given out in the finish funnel area by one of our amazing community groups.

Can I enter if I am not a member of a team or club?

Yes of course, one of our aims is to encourage as many people to be active as possible. It is imperative to us to offer events that so runners of all levels can enjoy the beautiful New Forest.  There are training guides found on the training zone section of this site for all distances. You will find this particularly useful if you are a new runner. We have support from NHS Choices who have supplied excellent content guiding you from your first steps to 5k and beyond.

You certainly don’t need to be a member of a running club, or an official team, in order to participate in our races. Simply leave the ‘Team/Club Name’ blank on the entry form and run as an unattached runner. If you are unattached or your club is not affiliated to UK Athletics you pay a slightly higher entry fee.

Is there a route guide?

We have an Interactive Route Guide taking you on a tour of all our routes including aerial and ground 360 views, videos, an audio guide and interesting facts about the amazing New Forest National Park.

You can also find interactive maps of each route in the course profiles section under ‘the race’.

How old do I have to be to compete?

On race day you must be 18 years or over to run the full marathon and 17 years or over to run the half marathon. For the 10k 15 years or over and the 5k 11 years or over. However for those Juniors who are 8yrs – 10yrs they can enter the 5k if accompanied by an adult, see race entry page for further detail. The Junior Race 1k is open to 5 years upwards and the Junior 200m to any age as we wish to inspire everyone to take part including buggies and parents.

Is there more than one 5k Race?

There is only one New Forest Marathon 5k Race which includes Junior 8yrs-10yrs, Junior 11yrs-16yrs and Adults. All start at the same time.

What time do the Races/Events start?  

Full Marathon          9.00am

Half Marathon         9.55am

 10k                              10.25am

  5k                                10.40am

Woodland Walk         10.15am

NB: An official warm up will take place in the ‘Warm Up/Cool Down Arena’ approximately 15 minutes before the start of each race apart from the Woodland Walk where you will meet at Race Registration at 10am.

Are there prizes in all Races?

All events have a range of prizes from our very generous sponsors. Prizes are provided for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd (Male/Female) for the following events: Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 5k. Prizes will also be provided for the 1st place Male/Female in each of the age categories below.  A wide range of spot prizes are also allocated to finishing positions throughout the races to allow everyone the chance of winning a prize. All winning times are selected via Gun Time from the official FR System results.  

Age Categories








Will New Forest Marathon accept any late entries on race day?

All entries must be received online and with payment in full, by 1st August 2020 as stated on the entry form. However, if space allows we will do our best to find a solution. We reserve the right to close entries if a race is Sold Out before this date and will advise of the current position on the home screen of this website and social media. Our event currently has a limit of 5000 runners, in 2017, 2018 and 2019  all events were a complete sell out so please sign up early if you want to join us in 2020.

Where can I obtain entry forms for each race from?

Entry is only available online but if you need assistance with this, we are happy to guide you through the process. If you have any problems please get in touch and we will be more than happy to help you.

I have no internet access, can I still enter?

Yes of course you can. We won’t let that get in the way! Please get in touch or ask someone to email us on your behalf on info@newforestmarathon.co.uk. Alternatively you can fill in the form on the contact us section and we will do the rest for you.

Will I receive confirmation of entry into the race?

You will receive a confirmation via email with all details of the race you have entered.

When and where can I collect my race pack?

All competitors must collect their Race packs containing all necessary information,  T-shirt, race number, safety pins, baggage sticker and race magazine and free gifts. These will be available for collection on Friday 11th September 4pm – 9pm and Saturday 12th September 10am – 8pm. For those of you travelling from further afield you can collect your pack on race day, Sunday 13th September from 6am, however we strongly encourage you if your local or it is at all possible to collect these prior to the event to save time on the day and ease the pressure on our registration team.


Can I collect a race pack for a friend/s?

Of course you can. All we need is your ID, so we know who you are and your friend’s ID including name and address (e.g. Driving Licence). If this matches our records then all is well. Alternatively you can bring along a picture of your friend’s photo ID on your phone and we will do the rest. This is to ensure everyone recieves the correct Race Pack as there are often many runners with the same name.

Can someone else compete using my race number?

Entries should not be used by another runner. Our database holds the information of the original entrant or the person you have transferred your place to and may be required in case of emergency on race day. We cannot allow runners to use another entrants competitors number for this reason.

Can I request a refund? 

Full refunds will be available within 14 days of purchase, following this we are unable to offer refunds if you do not run. However, there is an option to transfer your place to another person by following the instructions on your race receipt. This option is only available before the 1st August 2020,

Can I change the distance or exchange my place prior to entries closing?

Yes we will happily change your event subject to space for the chosen race before August 1st 2020 PROVIDING THERE IS SPACE IN THE RACE YOU WANT TO CHANGE INTO AND/OR WE HAVEN’T SOLD OUT. If you are upgrading we will simply ask for the difference in cost for the event, if you are dropping down we are unable to issue a refund.

Please email FR systems:  info@frsystems.co.uk

Can I defer my place for next years event?

Deferral Policy

Refund- Full refunds will be available within 14 days of purchase, following this we are unable to offer refunds.
NB: Refunds will not be issued if you have redeemed any promotional codes gifted as part of entry.

Transfer – You can transfer/gift your place to someone else at no cost by following the guidelines on your confirmation email by the deadline as stated above before 1st August 2020.

Can I defer?- Unfortunately you can not defer from this event in 2020.

Where does the New Forest Marathon and other races actually start from?

All races start and finish from New Park Showground, Brockenhurst SO42 7QH. Travel information including how to find us can be found in the useful information section of the website. Please be aware that road closures for the event may so please check out road closure detail once confirmed nearer the event date.

What distance are the Full and Half Marathon races?

The races are of standard distances as measured by Ordinance Survey.  The half marathon measures 21.1 km (13 miles 192 yards) – whilst the full marathon length is 42.2 km (26 miles 385 yards).

Why are the events classed as a ‘Multi-Terrain’? How much is off-road?

This is due to the routes having a variety of surfaces including compacted gravel, tarmac and trail (grass path) surface. These ‘off road’ sections total more than 10% so we class it as a ‘Multi-Terrain’ event. Our 5k is the only event not to include tarmac and is 100% compact gravel tracks.

How hilly are the events ?

Are the races suitable for wheelchairs?

In 2019 we had our first wheelchair competitor who was keen to take on the challenge and feedback his experience of the suitability of our course for wheelchair users. At present taking the feedback into consideration we have deemed the course not suitable for wheelchairs, however we are committed to continue to look at this area and welcome further feedback.

Can I use electronic devices during the event?

Although not recommended, personal stereos, IPods & mp3 players can be used at the 2020 New Forest Marathon Event. Please read the following advice:

‘The New Forest Marathon Team follow UKA standards and strongly advise that you DO NOT wear in ear headphones or use audio devices during the race for your own safety, especially on road sections. However, we endorse the use of Aftershokz and similar bone conduction headphones as these provides a safe solution allowing participants to hear their surroundings as well as their music. In 2020 although NOT RECOMMENDED, there will be no disqualification for use of audio devices’.

Are we affiliated with UK Athletics?

We are not affiliated with UK Athletics and therefore results are not counted towards the power of 10. However, all events are measured by Ordnance Survey.

Are there toilets on the routes?

Yes to put your mind at ease there are a number of toilets on the routes. Toilets are located at the following parts of the course which can be found by looking at the course profiles section:

    Start – Race Village (All events), 4.5 miles – Ornamental Drive Car Park (10k, Half and Full), 6.5 miles – Ornamental Drive Car Park (10k, Half and Full), 13.5 miles – Sway Village Hall (Full only), 20 miles – Wilverley Car Park (Full Only)

Is there somewhere to leave our baggage on Race Day?

We have  a large baggage area where you can leave one bag if you are running in any of the events. When you collect your Race Pack you will find a colour coded baggage sticker in your pack, simply fix to your bag and hand it to the team in the baggage area of your event . When you return this number corresponds to your race number and they will return your bag.

Cyclists – Child buggies – Dogs.

Coaching by accompanying cyclists in the race is not permitted due to the safety of fellow runners. For safety reasons child buggies and dogs are not permitted to accompany runners either. We encourage supporters to get around the route and support by following our spectators guide and helping inspire all runners to complete the course.

Can I walk the event? – What time does the course close?

The Full and Half marathons both close at 3.30pm. We encourage all to complete the courses and enter the distance that you feel you are able to cope with. The Marathon start time is 9.00am allowing you 6.5 hours to complete the course. The Half Marathon starts at 9.55am allowing you 6.0 hours to complete the course. If you don’t complete the course during this time our sweep bus will offer you a lift back to Start/Finish area or to the nearest sweep bus drop off point where you will be transferred back to the Race Village. As part of signing up to participate in the event means you have to adhere to this process for your safety. After the time cut off point if you have not completed the course, you will not get a result or be included in the result as chip timing services will stop operating. You will also not be covered by our medical teams.

Can I run for a charity?

We encourage everyone to run for The New Forest Marathon Community Fund which benefits local good causes and inspires them to be active. Of course if you have a charity close to your heart and wish to raise money for them this is fine, we just ask if you can donate your first £10 to The New Forest Marathon Community Fund. Details on how to do this can be found in the fundraising section of this website.

Where can I find accommodation for race weekend?

New for 2020 is our upgraded camping area with hot showers and toilets just moments away from the Race Village.You can book on during the sign up process. Or get in touch via info@newforestmarathon.co.uk

There are many Hotels, Bed and Breakfast, holiday parks and campsites throughout the New Forest. For all the details visit the useful information section.

Where can I find more information about the New Forest National Park?

A great guide to the New Forest National Park can be viewed by clicking on the link below:


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