Its all about fun and fitness for families at the Hestercombe Woodland Wander & Doggy Dash

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This popular annual event is expected to attract hundreds of runners and their dogs keen to get out and enjoy the great outdoors in one of the South West’s most beautiful locations. Participants and their four legged friends can either run or walk the 5k route or take part in the 2km fun run.

Beautiful handcrafted wooden medals await all runners who cross the finish line. All participating dogs will receive a FREE gift plus a goody bag (donated by Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre).The Taunton Chiropractor Neck and Back Pain Clinic will be offering free sports massages to walkers and runners.

5k Fun Run/Walk

The 5k route takes in the inspiring woodland surroundings of Hestercombe, and although it is a cross- country course it is fun to tackle. It’s perfect for people thinking about entering a10k run but looking for something smaller to build their confidence.

2k Fun Run/Walk

The 2k fun run is brilliant fun for kids and families. Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. For those who prefer a slower pace and wish to walk, the event is a great opportunity to make the most of the peaceful woodland and lake views.

Event Organiser Emma Warr says the Hestercombe Woodland Wander combines fun, fitness and the great outdoors which offers a perfect family morning out in an iconic Somerset setting: “1610 aims to inspire local families to get fit and have some fun and where better to do that by exploring one of Somerset’s most famous landmarks. You don’t have to be super fit, it’s about enjoying exercise with family and friends at whatever age in an inspiring location.”

The Cafe at Hestercombe Gardens will be open from 9.00am selling cakes and hot drinks. There is free car parking available and registration opens at 8.30am and the race starts at 9.30am. As both runs are cross country sturdy trainers are recommended.

The Hestercombe Woodland Wander is part of the 1610 Race Series consisting of three 10k races located across the counties of Somerset and Dorset.

For further information about this event please contact the 1610 Events Team on 01823 219001 or at

Notes for Editors: 1610 is a non-profit making leisure trust (formerly Somerset Leisure) which manages leisure centres based on school sites across Somerset, Devon and Dorset. 1610 aims to help people live fuller, richer lives through having an active body and an active mind.

For more information about 1610 or you require further information associated with this press release contact Emma Warr at or on 03300 581610.