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Chopwell Moon Runner 10k

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Saturday 19th October 2024

Entries Open
Wednesday 1st November 2023 at 10:00
Entries Close
Thursday 17th October 2024 at 14:00
Entry Fees
UKA Member   £22.00   
Non Member   £24.00   
Event Organiser - Mark Marchant

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The feeling of a head torch trail run in the woods is unique. The night-time adds a whole new dimension to trail running: it is both wild and peaceful at the same time.

Your senses become razor sharp and you become aware of your heart beat pounding in your chest.  You may hear the hoot or screech of an owl, or the rustling of woodland animals in the undergrowth. In the darkness of the woodland canopy the light from your head torch will be reflected back by the eyes of deer and other creatures peering out from the safety of the deep forest.

Our Moon Runner head torch races take place in the winter months when a crisp ground frost is common. Beams of moonlight breaking through the trees can create a magical atmosphere while you run along the sparkling surface. You can experience a definite sense of isolation and remoteness, but with that come feelings of exhilaration as your feet react to changing terrain, and excitement as your senses adapt to the different sights and sounds in the darkness.

The route will be fully waymarked, following well-marked footpaths/forest trails/bridleway with occasional views of woodland sculptures, and is ideal for trail novices and experienced runners alike. 

Start Time: 6:30pm

Registration: 4pm-6pm

Venue: Chopwell Woodland Park is a 360-hectare mixed woodland on the fringe of Gateshead. Miles of woodland paths and old colliery railway tracks make it very popular with walkers and cyclists.  The trails criss-cross through the woodland, offering glimpses of the area’s industrial past including restored railway trucks that would have carried coal from the nearby collieries.  The Woodland Park is great for trail running and enjoying the local wildlife. If you’re lucky you may spot one of the deer, badgers, red kites and squirrels.


Please park in the main car park.

Chopwell Wood is about 10 miles south west of Gateshead. The road entrance to the car park is in the Hookergate area of High Spen village, off the B6315.

Sat Nav postcode NE39 2AG

Grid reference NZ 136580

The wood is not signposted until the entrance in the village of High Spen (B6315). Access to the B6315 from the south is off the A694 at Rowlands Gill or from the north at the A695 at Greenside.

The race starts and finishes at the Pines which is near to the main car park

Be aware that the entrance road narrows to single track round the blind bend. Please observe the 20 mph speed limit, and use the marked passing places. There could also be groups of walkers, horse riders or cyclists using the road.

Terrain conditions: a mixture of hard packed gravel tracks, single twisting dirt tracks and occasional muddy bridleway.

Parking/Race HQ: 

  • There will be a race HQ with toilets.
  • There are spaces for approx. 200 cars; therefore participants are encouraged to car share when possible.
  • There will be medical support  on the course throughout the event.
  • Water/food and fruit available at the start and finish area.

Weather: at this time of year it is not unusual for the temperature to fall below freezing therefore we suggest bringing with you a hat, gloves and warm jacket so that you can enjoy your cuppa and slice of complimentary Pizza at the finish line.

We are an eco-friendly company and, on that basis, we don’t use disposable plastic cups and don’t offer T shirts. All of out event Medals are provided by Earth Runs who make them from compressed card mixed  with Wild Flower seeds. Not only are they great for pollinators, but a tree is planted for every medal that we purchase.

 What we do guarantee is a first class race experience where you can make memories to last a lifetime! 

You can access our car sharing group on Facebook, where you can arrange car sharing opportunities with other race day participants. Great for the environment and great for your pocket.... and you could win free race places in our car share raffle! Car Share group

Your entry and what’s included:

  • An ECO medal.
  • free downloadable event pictures.
  • a packet of Wild flower seeds.
  • Voucher prizes for the top 3 male and female finishers
  • Head torch prizes from Ledlenser, Run Unlimited, Vaga, Momentum and Balega
  • Free future race places for all category winners.

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This event offers the option to purchase XCover, so that participants may be able to get a refund if they are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.

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