Outdoors Magic Trail Race

OMM and Outdoors Magic have teamed up to bring you two epic trail races through the Forest of Dean.

Starting at the OMM Festival ground; the course will lead runners through forest, over hills and hunt out some techie single track for you to test your skills on.  The route will be flagged and marshalled with GPX files available for download prior to the race day.  OMM’s ethos is to encourage responsible enjoyment of the countryside,  as such, competitors will be expected to carry the emergency kit list and sufficient food for their requirements. There will be waterpoints.  You’ll be cheered back into the event centre by the 1000 other competitors competing in the various other activities on offer at the festival.  Book to take part in an event on the Sunday too and enjoy camping for you and your family all weekend.

Full course description will be available late winter when ground conditions have stabilised.

Location: Forest of Dean
The Speech House Hotel
GL16 7EL

Date: 5th May 2018

Distance: 1/2 Marathon or Full Marathon

Terrain: Undulating

Elevation: 1/2 approx 300m, Full approx 750m

Start Time: 10:30am

FREE camping for the whole weekend with every event entry!*
Non-competitors welcome!**

*includes space for 1 x tent or caravan or motorhome

Bring your friends, family and everything you need for an epic weekend.
**Extra tents £10 for the whole weekend. Prebook here.

Amazing Atmosphere.

Supremely well Organised

Camp all weekend.

Event Details


In order to create a fair and equitable competition for each participant of the Outdoors Magic Trail Race and to guarantee the safety of the participants, these rules have been created. Any participant who breaks these rules can be disqualified from the current competition and also from future competitions.

  1. The Golden Rule: When a competitor has registered they must report back to the event centre in accordance with course closure times and return their timing tag. If this does not happen, it is automatically assumed that this competitor is missing and a search is instigated. If the timing tag is not returned before leaving the competition area and therefore a search is made, the resulting costs can be transferred to the competitor.
  2. Minimum age for all participants is 18 years.
  3. Competitors must follow the race route and check in at any designated checkpoints.   Random checkpoints may be set up along the route to ensure this happens.
  4. If a participant decides to withdraw from the race, he or she must notify the closest manned checkpoint or telephone the emergency number and MUST report back to the Event HQ to return their timing tag.
  5. In an emergency, participants should provide assistance to other competitors.
  6. This is a self-sufficient race. Water stops are provided. Supporters are welcome but, to keep it fair for all must not assist competitors by providing them with food and drink on route or run alongside.
  7. All mandatory kit must be carried or worn at all times. A kit checklist and declaration must be signed by each participant and handed in at registration. Participants must, on request, allow their equipment to be inspected by officials.
  8. Race Numbers must be worn in a visible place.
  9. All rubbish must be disposed of correctly.
  10. Well behaved dogs are welcome at the event HQ but must be kept on a lead at all times.  Dogs are NOT allowed to accompany competitors on the course.
  11. The following may lead to disqualification:
  • Finishing the race after the cut-off time
  • Taking short cuts
  • Dropping of any rubbish
  • Using any means of transport during the race
  • Competitors who, in the opinion of the organisers, act in such a way to bring the event into disrepute or unnecessarily endanger or disrespect other competitors, race officials or members of the public.


We’re delighted to be in the ancient and historic Forest of Dean in South West England!  The Event Centre will be located near Coleford at the Speech House Hotel, dating back to 1676 and regularly visited by King Charles II the Verderer’s Court still remains in current use.  The highest hill in the area is Ruardean Hill standing at 290m but do not let this fool you, there is lots of climbing to be done!


The Event HQ will be located at:

The Speech House Hotel
GL16 7EL

Access to parking and the Event Centre is clearly signposted into the field at the rear of the hotel.

There will be a big heated marquee with plenty of seating, catering and bar, sports massage, toilets and water. We’ll also have a pop-up shop with a selection of OMM gear and other outdoor supplies.

For any non competitors the friendly teams at both Pedal a Bike Away  and Dean Forest Cycles are a very short drive away.  They both have different types bikes for hire and Dean Forest Cycles also have e-bikes.

There are several biking and walking routes suitable for all ages right on the doorstep of the event centre.


Space for 1 x tent or campervan is included with each entry.

Family and friends are more than welcome to come along, but there is a small charge of £10 per extra tent or campervan space.

We’ve now made it possible to book your extra tent spaces online. So to ensure space for your supporters you should book in advance here.

Camping is in the same field as the Event HQ and you can park next to your tent. We provide toilets and water. No fires or BBQ’s (other than gas) please. You can also bring your campervan or caravan, just be aware there is no hard standing or electric hook ups.

If you’d like to sleep in a little more luxury then you are welcome to stay in one of the many B&Bs or hotels in the area.  Lots more information here.


By Car.  Approx 30 -45 mins from M5/M50.  Do not park in the Hotel car park but follow signs to OMM festival parking.

Public Transport.

The following is for information only you MUST check with transport provider for current timetables.

By Train.  The nearest Station is Lydney 9.8 miles from the Event Centre by road and you can search the timetable here.  Information for local taxi firms can be found here

By Bus.  Local bus information can be found here


Mandatory Kit:

  • Taped seam waterproof jacket.
  • Clothing and footwear suitable for trail running

Advisory Kit:

  • Mobile Phone (fully charged) for use in an emergency
  • Hat (this can be a buff) and gloves
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Emergency blanket or bag.
  • Whistle
  • Emergency food – minimum one muesli/power type bar or similar

This Mandatory list should be seen as a minimum requirement only. The organisers reserve the right to disqualify any competitors who, in their opinion, are not carrying the appropriate kit.   You do not need to bring your kit to registration for checking, however random kit checks may be carried out at any point during the event.

All competitors are required hand a signed Kit Check List and Safety Declaration to Registration before competing


The routes are fully marked.   We will also provide you with a .gpx file the week prior to the event once the route is confirmed to upload to any GPS device you may have.

1/2 Trail Marathon – Saturday 5th May 2018

Elevation: Approx 300m

MapGoogle map here.  Be aware that the route is subject to change.

Route Profile:

.gpx file: will be uploaded nearer the date so that we can ensure the route is up to date.

Full Trail Marathon – Saturday 5th May 2018

Elevation: Approx 750m

Map:  Google map here.  Be aware that the route is subject to change.

Route Profile:

.gpx file:will be uploaded nearer the date so that we can ensure the route is up to date.



Race brief for half and full marathon will be at the start at 10:15


Start time will be 10:30 for both the half and full marathon.


There will be cut off times for safety reasons – these will be as follows:

Half Marathon – 3 hours (course closes at 1.30pm)

Full Marathon – 7 hours (course closes at 5.30pm)


Each competitor will be issued with an SI-tag. These are small plastic pegs which have an electronic chip in one end that will be attached securely to your wrist with a band.  Unfortunately, If you lose, break or take a tag home with you the charge will be £35.00.

Your SI-tag should be placed into the hole on each checkpoint and at the finish in order to register that you have visited the location; it gives an audible bleep and a visual flash to confirm that it has been successful.


There will be checkpoint control boxes at each of the water stops (marked on the map)  and at each one you must ensure that you record your visit by placing your SI-tag into the hole on the control station (see more info below).  All control stations will be attached to a orange and white orienteering style flag to make them easily recognisable.


There will be manned checkpoints on each course with water, 3 on the marathon and 2 on the 1/2.  The locations are shown on the map and at registration.


At the finish line you MUST place your SI-tag in the finish box to record your time.  Officials will be there to ensure this happens.  Once you cross the Finish line you will be directed to the download station where you will dib your tag and be given a print out showing your time.  Your tag will then be removed.


Each competitor will be issued with an timing tag.   Your tag is the way we can tell who is still out on the course. Therefore, all tags MUST be returned to the event centre as soon as you finish to avoid unnecessary search parties!


The prize ceremony will follow the hot meal and will be held in the marquee at approx. 14:00 on Saturday.  Details to follow…


Key Times for OMM FESTIVAL


15:00 Registration, parking and camping opens

16:00 Food and bar available

18:00 R2T2 – Runners and riders 1 hour biking and running event.

22:00 Catering Closes

23:00 Bar Closes

23:00 Registration Closes


07:00 –  Registration opens

07:00 – 09:00 Breakfast available

08:30 – 10:15 OMM Lite and Bike Starts

10:15 Pre race brief for Marathon/Half Marathon (at the start)

10:30  Trail Marathon/Half Marathon Start*

14:00 Food and bar open

22:00 Catering closes

23:00 Bar closes

*prize giving for the trail races will take place in the afternoon – timings TBC


07:00  Breakfast/hot food available

08:00-10:00 OMM Lite and Bike Starts

09:00-10:30 BOK Orienteering registration open

10:30 – BOK orienteering Starts

14:00 approximate time for OMM Lite/Bike Prize Ceremony


Outdoors Magic

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Up to 20 April 18.  Changes to any of your entry details and to the course you have entered can be made by emailing emma@theomm.com

After 20 April 18. Changes to any of your entry details and to the course you have entered can be made by emailing emma@theomm.com


For any cancellations received up to  6 March 18, a refund (minus 10% admin fee) is made.  After this date we cannot offer a refund as we have already paid for your attendance.  The event is run on a not for profit basis and one of the ways of keeping the costs as low as possible is to agree numbers as far in advance of the event as possible.  For these reasons we are also unable to defer entries to future events.



The organisation of the competition is conducted by a small army of unpaid volunteer helpers drawn from a wide variety of clubs and organisations, including the many faithful stalwarts who help out every year and without whose experience it would not be possible to conduct such an event.  These teams of volunteers allow us to keep the entry fees as low as possible to benefit you.

The officials listed are the principal organisers and team leaders:-

Event Director: Stuart Hamilton stuart@theomm.com

Event Coordinator : Emma Gill emma@theomm.com

Race Planner:  Sion James

Local Facilitators: Gary and Team at Pedal a Bike Away

Event catering: Matt and Fi, the Old Post Office, Ingleton

Infrastructure & logistics: Simon Peers and team, North Yorks Scouts


  • Includes entry into the event
  • FREE Friday night camping
  • FREE Saturday night camping
  • Fully flagged routes
  • Race timing tags
  • Event centre activities
  • Event photographs
  • Hot meal after the event
  • Free parking at event centre

FREE camping for the whole weekend with every event entry!
Non-competitors welcome!

*includes 1 tent or caravan or motorhome

Bring your friends, family and everything you need for an epic weekend.
Extra tents £10 for the whole weekend. Payable at the event.


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