Race Route

Due to the severe winter storms the Forest 5 route has been changed as some of the original route remains unsafe. The new route is slightly shorter and covers more varied terrain. The Route is 5 miles mostly on good quality forest tracks but there are some stepped boardwalks to negotiate.

2018 Forest 5 Shorter Route


Race Numbers can be collected from 6:00pm on race day from the Macclesfield Forest Visitors Centre, Trentabank, near Langley.


Please arrive in good time; the race start is outside the Leathers Smithy pub and is a 10 minute jog from the Visitor Centre. The final 0.5 mile of the race will change (see revised route) to now finish at the Visitor Centre. Marshalls will make sure that all runners are directed along the amended route through the woods to the finish.

Click here to see the competitor starting list so far.


The main parking is at the Visitor Centre and there is additional marked parking areas on the roads opposite Trentabank and Ridgegate Reservoirs.
Please do not park in non-marked parking areas or in the Leathers Smithy pub car park as this is reserved for drinkers and diners.

Toilet & changing facilities

Toilet and changing facilities are available at the Macclesfield Forest Visitors Centre but are limited.

Trophies & Prizes

There are trophies for the first male and female, and for the winning inter-club team.

There are no prizes and all money raised will go to our local charity - The Rossendale Trust.


Results will be posted on the website after the race.


The cost to enter is £6 for affiliated runners and £8 for unaffiliated runners, and we encourage as many people as possible to enter online in advance as limited entries will be available on the day.

If the online entry is full there may be an option to register on the evening. To access any additional places please arrive to register before 7pm.