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About Us

Forest of Dean parkrun is a FREE weekly 5km event for runners of all standards, which takes place every Saturday at 9:00am in The Forest of Dean at Coverham Enclosure Five Acres. It is not a race against other runners, but a 5k timed run and it can really be whatever you want it to be, whether that's for fun or as part of a training plan.

It offers an opportunity for all the local community, male or female, young or old, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy this beautiful park and get physically active into the bargain. We want to encourage people to jog or run together irrespective of their ability – this event is truly open to all and best of all it really is FREE!

Taking part is easy – just register before your first ever parkrun. The great thing is that you only ever need to do this once! Then just set your alarm for Saturday morning and get yourself there!

Every week grab a post run tea or coffee in the Finish Area. In bad weather we go to the Forest of Dean Athletic Club clubhouse on the opposite side of the main road. Please come and join us. Maybe swap stories about your run that day, chat to other runners over a cup of tea or coffee and just be an important part of this new running community.

So whether you are a complete novice looking to get yourself started on your own "running journey" or a seasoned athlete wanting to use this as a part of your training schedule, you’re welcome to come along and join us.

  • The Forest of Dean Athletic Club: Provides most of the volunteers, has a club container nearby for shelter.

  • The Forest of Dean District Council: Has provided a small amount of financial support to setting up the project. The car parks are at Forest Leisure Coleford, as are the toilets.

  • The Forestry Commission: On whos land we are running, have given support and advice and allowed us to upgrade some of the tracks.

  • The Royal Forest of Dean College and Lakers school: Are the sites of overspill car parking. The club uses the facility at Lakers for training, storage and siting the club container.

    Your donation will be wisely spent by the event team (as custodians of the local purse) on the upkeep of our parkrun.

    For donations prior to 1 February 2017, 85% was allocated to the event and the remaining 15% to the New Event Fund.

    We are unable to accept donations to events that are made via third party employer contribution schemes.

    We no longer accept cheques for event donations. The only way for individuals to contribute to an event pot is by donating directly through the PayPal link on this page.

    parkrun is completely open about all donations. All donations to this event (and withdrawals that the event teams makes) will be published below. You can also view all donations in this country here.

    parkrun UK is a not-for-profit organisation.


    Donation DateNameRecipientDonationContribution to EventContribution to New Event FundNote
    2020-02-05Andrew WilliamsonForest of Dean£200.00£200.00£0.00
    2019-09-16Andrew MachamForest of Dean£1.00£1.00£0.00
    2019-08-24Melanie AdamsForest of Dean£10.00£10.00£0.00Thanks to all the volunteer's for a well organised event.
    2014-05-13Mark WilliamsonForest of Dean£20.00£17.00£3.00Donate to Forest of Dean Park Run with gratitude for assistance in my rehab and introduction to 5k's for my son
    2012-09-29Veronica BrownForest of Dean£20.00£17.00£3.00Hope this helps.... Ronnie Hull x
    2012-06-23John LwtonForest of Dean£20.00£17.00£3.00
    2011-12-06Mr A J RobertsonForest of Dean£20.00£17.00£3.00
    2011-02-24Jacqui WyndsForest of Dean£10.00£8.50£1.50
    2010-12-09wayne bevanForest of Dean£10.00£8.50£1.50
    2010-11-18david jonesForest of Dean£25.00£21.25£3.75for Forest of Dean parkrun


    Withdrawal DateEventAmountNote
    2018-09-14Forest of Dean£45.48Selfie frame
    2019-01-18Forest of Dean£15.00parkrun Selfie Frame
    2019-08-14Forest of Dean£30.43Signs
    2020-01-30Forest of Dean£15.00Selfie frame