BEDGEBURY FOREST RUNNERS (BFR)
Inspiring Outdoor Fitness
Friendly, non-competitive groups for all standards using different parts of the stunning forest and pinetum each week for running-based fitness with qualified run leaders. SCROLL DOWN FOR OUR COVID-19 UPDATE AND HOW TO GET INVOLVED IN OUR ONLINE RUNNING GROUPS
A BIT ABOUT US
Laura and Corinne started running with an informal group in Bedgebury in 2016. After realising what an extraordinary environment the forest is for exercising, and how little it is used, they were inspired to undertake their run-leader training and start marketing official running groups to a wider audience. Bedgebury Forest Runners has grown gratifyingly from that point operating a number of groups each week for all standards (starting with 0 – 5k courses). Our mission is to foster a love of exercising outdoors – a life-long habit with priceless benefits for your physical and mental wellbeing, and which has positive knock-on effects for our precious natural environment (a percentage of everything you pay goes back into the forest).
WHAT WE DO
March 23rd 2020 - Due to Covid-19 we are very sad not be able to run our groups in the forest for the time being. However, we are operating online warm-up/HIIT/running/stretching sessions every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning during term time at 7.45am for 40 minutes. We are doing them through the Zoom Cloud Meetings App. You need to download the App and register yourself within it. If you want to join in contact us on to get the meeting ID. Everyone is welcome, no need to have run with us before. The sessions are free, although donations are welcome with a percentage going to a Covid-19 related charity (so far the CV-19 NHS appeal and the Kent Community Foundation).
We look forward to hearing from you and 'seeing' you there.
For a flavour of what 'business as usual' is like, please see below. We look forward reverting back to it ASAP.
All groups meet at the pay machines in the main Bedgebury car park (parking costs £3 if you leave before 11am or you can sign up at the office for annual family membership for £72).
Term-time schedule (as per the January 2020 term which is now complete):
Mondays - Mixed ability session doing running-based fitness exercises in a different part of the forest each week, starting at 9.15, no dogs
Wednesdays - Mixed ability session doing running-based fitness exercises in a different part of the forest each week, starting at 9.15, no dogs
Thursdays - Beginners/rusty runners starting from a very low (one could even say non-existent) base building up to 5k over the 11 week term. Doing running-based fitness exercises in a different part of the forest each week, starting at 9.15, no dogs.
Fridays - A simple run into the forest starting at 5k at the start of term, building up to 10k by the end (and for those aiming for the London Winter Run on 9th February, we will get you to 10k in time for that). Meeting at 9.15. Dogs welcome.
DOGS - We love them! While they can't be involved in the Monday, Wednesday and Thursday groups due to the nature of the exercises we do and use of the Pinetum (where dogs have to be on leads) lots of people choose to get there a bit early to take their dogs for a spin before the main session starts (or after if you have the time to stay on).
COFFEE - A coffee in the exceedingly welcoming cafe afterwards is optional (but heartily encouraged).
COST/PAYMENT - All sessions are £5.50 ad hoc, or £49.50 for the 11-week term. If you sign up to two sessions per week the cost is £89 or £122.50 for three session. The sessions are transferable within the week - you can come to whichever one(s) suit you that week with no need to give us notice. Payments can be made by bank transfer (get in touch for details) or in cash.
Email us, message us (Facebook, Instagram) or just turn up!
BY COMING TO OUR GROUPS YOU ARE SUPPORTING THE UPKEEP OF THE PINETUM AND FOREST AND THE AMAZING CONSERVATION WORK THAT GOES ON HERE.
We look forward to hearing from you: or see our Facebook and Instagram pages (Bedgebury Forest Runners).
In school holidays we revert to our holiday programme with weekly fun sessions that children are welcome to come along to (suitable for age 5 upwards). Children can take part in the running, dip in and out, or simply watch from the comfort of an adventure playground or nice spot in the Pinetum (we work closely around a 'base camp' at a playground or in the Pinetum) while the adults get their work-out.
Hear What Others Have to Say
BFR has been an amazing find for me. I was struggling to find inspiration to run on my own in muddy fields and dark roads. This running group covers different aspects of running each week, hill work, longer distances, sprinting, etc. Never knowing exactly what to expect is a great motivation for me and means it never gets boring. It really doesn’t matter what level you are, you are essentially challenging yourself to work as hard as you can. The group is also incredibly welcoming and friendly. Laura and Corinne are encouraging and knowledgeable. To explore a different part of the stunning forest each week is an added bonus.
Absolutely brilliant running group! Had to give up running due to an injury years ago, started running again a couple of years ago with BFR and haven't had an injury since then! Because it is always tailored to fit everyone’s own abilities and on soft ground, I am now running twice a week and loving it!
Very friendly group, brilliant coaches/instructors, stunning surroundings!
I was new to running when I joined the group and have benefitted from the knowledge of the instructors to help me improve my technique and my stamina. An added bonus is meeting like minded people in the beautiful surroundings of Bedgebury Forest.
Carol and I would just like to say that your online sessions doing the running technique, strengthening, and HIIT are exactly what we want. Couple of years ago I had myself measured in a sport science lab to try and find out why I'm a slow runner. Turned out its nothing physiological but down to poor running efficiency ie. from my lung capacity, VO2Max etc. I should be able to run faster than I do. So, for me, your sessions are spot on and they are having an impact. I feel as though I'm running better and I've got back some flexibility. Carol has also sped up, particularly on the hills. We'd never have the discipline to do the routines ourselves and they form an important part of our week.
Thank you both