5K, 10K & Half Marathon

England’s smallest mainland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cannock Chase offers a tranquil running experience in the West Midlands.


Stunning Forest Trails

This undulating course takes you on an adventure through the stunning dappled trails of Cannock Chase Forest. Starting just west of the Slitting Mill Waterfall, the trail brings you deep into the heart of the forest, running parallel to the babbling Stony Brook and back up through the event village for another lap! The future home of the 2022 Commonwealth Games mountain biking event, runners will get the chance to explore this wild and stunning track by foot.

Held at Cannock Chase Forest which is within the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is a 5k, 10k and a half marathon on offer, perfect for novices and seasoned runners alike.

Each mile is accurately marked out with signposts and we have plenty of helpers to keep you going in the right direction and to encourage you on your way to the finish.

With this event being only 20 miles from central Birmingham and just outside Stafford, it is easily accessible by car.

Our Event village including the start and finish lines will be positioned at the concert site, which has previously hosted George Ezra, Jools Holland and Tom Jones!


All distances will use the same 5km loop. 5K runners will do one loop, 10K runners will do two and Half Marathoners will complete a small out & back before running four loops. The evening races will contain a 10mile event which follows three loops with a mini loop to start. Trail surfaces  are hard packed dirt and stone.

Event Details

2023/2024 Dates:  16th Aug 2023 (evening) | 14th April 2024 | 13th October 2024

Start Times: HM @ 9am | 10K @ 9:30am | 5K @ 9:40am

evening races: 10mi @ 18:30pm | 10k @ 19:00pm | 5k @ 19:10pm

Prices: HM = £28 | 10mi = £26 | 10K = £24 | 5K = £24 | Junior = £5

Location: Birches Valley, Cannock WS15 2UQ

Parking: On-site Parking

Recomended Items

Trail running shoes

Hydration pack

Phone/GPS watch

Technical running clothing


Trail Running Poles


What You Get

Official Chip Timing

All our events are chip timed, providing accurate results for all runners.

Bespoke Medal

Race finishers will receive a bespoke medal as a memento of their achievement.

Fully Marked Course

All routes will be accurately marked with marshals to help you along the way.


Official race photos can be found on our Facebook page.

Baggage Drop

There will be a baggage drop available for runners who need to leave their belongings while they race.

Water Stations

There will be water stations on route. We recommend runners stay hydrated in the lead up to the race.

what is UTmb index ?

A UTMB Index race contributes towards every Finishers UTMB Index in the corresponding category (20K, 50K, 100K or 100M) and gives privileged access to the UTMB World Series Events or Majors.

Ready to start your next adventure?

Let’s do this! Simply click the button below and join us at the next Cannock Chase trail event. We promise that it will be a race to remember!