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About The Club

The New Forest Runners Club was formed in September 1981 to encourage and support running for pleasure and as a means keeping fit.The objective of the Club today is the promotion of community participation in healthy recreation in particular by the provision of facilities for amateur athletics. The New Forest Runners Club caters for all ages and all abilities and everyone from serious marathon runner to casual jogger is equally welcome.

The New Forest Runners Club Headquarters are situated at Fawcett's Field, New Milton. We have the use of a 400 metre grass track and floodlit 900 metre trim trail. We are also very fortunate in being able to train on Sundays (and Tuesdays April-October) in the beautiful New Forest, meeting at Wilverley Plain. We have a Forestry Commission permit, renewable each year allowing us to train in the Wilverley Inclosure area.

New Forest Runners are affiliated to :- UKA, AAAE, SEAA, and HAA.


In September 1981, John Seabrook, a local swimming instructor, decided to run the Sunday Times Hyde Park National Fun Run. He offered to train the members of his adult swimming class so that they could also run.

Participants in the Fun Run had to enter as a team so John and the others formed the ‘Forest Joggers’. There were about 50 members, including children. Some felt that they were really runners rather than joggers and in October of the same year the ‘Forest Joggers’ was renamed ‘The New Forest Runners’, becoming a club affiliated to the Amateur Athletics Association.

From this small group of enthusiasts the club has grown into a large thriving organisation with about 400 members. In 1990 an annual Novices training course was added to the agenda to encourage non runners to start running, and in 2005 a Junior section was added to the club by Derrick Burgess. This section now has regular meetings alongside the Senior club, and has grown in membership to between 30 and 40 boys and girls aged from 10 to 17.

The first New Forest Ten and Fun Runs.

In 1983 a national campaign to get Britain fit was in progress and the local Wessex Health Authority was offering a £500 grant to organisations planning any event promoting local interest in healthy exercise for all the family. The New Forest Runners applied for the grant and the successful application enabled this first race to take place. The first event attracted some 700 runners. At its peak there were 1200 entrants [980 finishers], with the recent races attracting over 700 finishers. The NF10 has always been a money raising event for various local charities. The first New Forest Marathon and Half Marathon

1983 was also the first year for the New Forest Marathon and Half Marathon. The Lions Club of New Milton asked the New Forest Runners Club to define the course and advise them about the needs of runners. This advice continues to day. The Lions Club organised the event for the first 5 years, after which the New Forest Marathon Association took over. The New Forest Marathon Association to date has many New Forest Runners on the committee.
In 1983 there were about 800 runners and in 1999 about 1700 runners. It now peaks at over 2000 entrants. Like the NF 10, this event is purely raising money for charity. The other largest charity fundraiser has been the events staged for the BBC’s Children in Need.
RR 10 series

The RR6 league was originally formed in 1984 to promote friendly relationships between six clubs. NFR club was one of the founder members, with Southampton Running club having the original idea. The Southampton venue was 4.5 miles round Southampton Common. In 1987 the series became the RR8. Although still called the RRI0 series, there are now 12 clubs involved. In the past the ladies team have won this event many times and the men’s team have won the event 5 times in a row. There have also been many fine individual performances from Lee Rodriguez, Chris Olden, Anthea Waters, Kathy Bailey who have all actually won their events out right.
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Club Sessions

October to April - Fawcetts Fields, New Milton 1900 - 2000
May to September - Wilverley Plain, Sway 1900 - 2000
Fawcett Fields, New Milton 1900 -2000
Wilverley Plain, Sway 0930
2 Apr 2023
ABP Southampton Marathon
ABP Half Marathon Southampton
ABP Southampton 10km
10 Apr 2023
West Wight 3 Hills
3 Hills West Wight 3 Hills
30 Apr 2023
Isle of Wight Randonnee 100km
Isle of Wight Randonnee 55km
14 May 2023
Houghton 11K Trail Run
21 May 2023
Netley 10km
Compton 10K
May 5
28 May 2023
Ox Frolic
The Ox 50
11 Jun 2023
Solent Airport 5K
12 Jun 2023
Copythorne 10k
18 Jun 2023
Tarrant Valley 10k
1 Jul 2023
Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim
30 Jul 2023
Southampton Running Festival
20 Aug 2023
The Big Pilgrimage - Marathon
The Big Pilgrimage - 15 Miles
The Big Pilgrimage - 54K
9 Sep 2023
Isle of Wight Fell Series
St. Boniface Fell
Ventnor Horseshoe
10 Sep 2023
Wroxall Round
New Forest Marathon
New Forest Half Marathon
New Forest 10K
New Forest 5K
24 Sep 2023
Hoburne 5

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Runner 5k 5mi 10k 10mi HM Mara WAVA
gwalters 18:12 30:31 37:50 1:03:32 1:25:14 - 77.20
harrump 20:55 33:20 43:11 1:12:42 1:32:32 3:47:42 64.52
diane_b 22:35 36:55 46:18 1:22:53 1:53:17 - 70.72
ClaretPacker 23:31 40:06 47:50 - 1:41:29 3:59:58 70.47
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Swain - 38:00 46:29 1:17:57 1:46:40 4:04:38 63.82
dave the flower - 36:11 45:19 1:18:53 1:44:54 3:46:05 64.17
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Nick99 - - - 1:14:56 1:34:38 3:32:31 61.60
Runner Event Date Time
3.1mi 29:03
6.3mi 1:05:10
Peter Runner
8mi 1:27:00
4.8mi 48:16
3.1mi 26:49
10.1mi 1:23:17
4.4mi 41:08
3.2mi 27:43
3.5mi 29:54
5.7mi 47:20
10mi 1:50:53

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