Forest runners and walkers take on a challenge and raise thousands for charity

West Stow: Festive Forest Challenge for St Nicholas Hospice Care
Picture: RACHEL EDGE

West Stow: Festive Forest Challenge for St Nicholas Hospice Care Picture: RACHEL EDGE - Credit: Archant

Runners and walkers wearing festive attire braved the cold to help propel event organisers over the £50,000 mark for a hospice charity.

West Stow: Festive Forest Challenge for St Nicholas Hospice Care
Picture: RACHEL EDGE

West Stow: Festive Forest Challenge for St Nicholas Hospice Care Picture: RACHEL EDGE - Credit: Archant

The Festive Forest Challenge on Saturday, December 15, saw entrants run, walk or Nordic walk a distance of 10k, a half marathon or 20 miles through Thetford Forest, starting and finishing at West Stow Country Park.

Many got into the festive spirit of the event, in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care, by wearing Christmas jumpers and Santa hats.

The challenge is organised by Positive Steps, a fitness and wellbeing company based in Bury St Edmunds, and - together with the Bury to Clare event - has now raised more than £50,000 for the hospice over six years.

Organiser Kevin Marshall, who owns Positive Steps, said this year’s Festive Forest Challenge, which saw 312 people take part, had generated £7,132 for the charity.

West Stow: Festive Forest Challenge for St Nicholas Hospice Care
Picture: RACHEL EDGE

West Stow: Festive Forest Challenge for St Nicholas Hospice Care Picture: RACHEL EDGE - Credit: Archant


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“It was absolutely fantastic despite it being bitterly cold,” he said. “To get over 300 people turn up on a day like yesterday [December 15] is quite an achievement. Organisers and volunteers were also working hard in extreme conditions.”

He said organising events like the Festive Forest Challenge were a “win-win” situation as “I wanted to combine offering somebody a challenge and supporting a good cause at the same time”.

Entries are now open for next year’s event at Thetford Forest. See here for more information.

West Stow: Festive Forest Challenge for St Nicholas Hospice Care
Picture: RACHEL EDGE

West Stow: Festive Forest Challenge for St Nicholas Hospice Care Picture: RACHEL EDGE - Credit: Archant

West Stow: Festive Forest Challenge for St Nicholas Hospice Care
Picture: RACHEL EDGE

West Stow: Festive Forest Challenge for St Nicholas Hospice Care Picture: RACHEL EDGE - Credit: Archant

Festive Forest Challenge for St Nicholas Hospice Care held in West Stow.
Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Festive Forest Challenge for St Nicholas Hospice Care held in West Stow. Picture: RACHEL EDGE - Credit: Archant

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