THE eighth annual Wild Boar and Humbug chases took place at the Speech House Field and organisers are hoping it has raised a five-figure sum for charity. More than 650 adults rode one of the four distances ranging from 23 to 45 miles, while 50 eight to 12-year-olds took on the nine-mile Humbug Chase. The riders gathered in fine weather with the wide range of the Forest covered looking at its best. The Humbug Chase, sponsored for the first time by Frog Bikes, was a challenging but rewarding ride for the young riders. The Wild Boar Chase, sponsored by Pedalabikeway, again attracted a diverse group of riders from serious mountain bike experts pushing themselves on the 45-mile route to tandem and electric-assisted who wanted to experience the Forest on the 23- to 39-mile routes. The previous seven events have raised more than £80,000 which has been distributed within the Forest by the two Lions clubs that organise the popular event. A spokesman said: “It is hoped that the sums raised this year will again add £12,000 to the total.” The sum has been boosted by the sponsorship of a wide range of local companies which will enable more money to go to good causes.
We have a large entry with a wide range of ability and experience. To reduce delays at bottlenecks we ask for the co-operation of all of our riders. Generally the quicker and more experienced riders will have entered the FULL BOAR. We will have an area at the corner of the field, nearest the gate for FULL BOAR riders.
We ask that FULL BOAR riders split themselves into 3 categories A) FAST likely to complete the full distance in 3-4 hours (At the front near the gate) B) MEDIUM –FAST likely to complete the full distance in 4-5 hours (Behind the Fast riders) C) DURABLE BUT NOT SO QUICK likely to take over 5 hours (Behind the Medium Fast riders)
Hog and Woody Boar
Behind the FULL BOAR riders will be an area for THE HOG and WOODY Boar riders
And behind them those riding THE SMALL BOAR
EACH AREA WILL BE MARKED
The mass start is one of the highlights and features of the event so there will be a minimum delay in starting all of the groups in turn. The whole thing should only take about 3-4 minutes. It is NOT a race.
Forestry England have now approved the 2019 Wild Boar Chase route. We had to make some late route adjustments due to identification of sites of Schedule 1 nesting birds near to points on our original route. We have re-routed well away from these sites. We are grateful to Forestry England and their partners for their helping us protect wildlife in the Forest. This has added approx. 1.5 miles to all routes:
Some years ago local crew Dave and Jan Miles rode the Small Boar on their tandem. This year so far we have 2 tandems entered, one is from TROG MTB coming over from Suffolk. The other is a team from Berkshire.
Many thanks to all of you that have entered the Wild Boar Chase so far. We still have plenty of entries left, so please mention that you have entered the event in your social media feeds. Although J K Rowling drew some inspiration from her time in the Forest of Dean we are not social media wizards, in fact we are more like social media ‘woodentops’ 🙂 but your posts can help make up for our lack of social media wizardry 😉
Although on the entry form you are asked what distance you wish to ride, you may change your mind on the day – no need to inform us. We will track your route by scanning your event number at a ‘Control’, so when you see a sign like this one, stop and get your number scanned.
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Locally, we refer to young wild boar as “humbugs. This is due to the light brown stripes that they have running across their back. The coat becomes darker and a more uniform colour as the humbugs grow up.
When you visit the Forest please never feed the boar.
When we prepare for the Wild Boar Chase we often see Wild Boar – or evidence of where they have been – in the Forest There are an estimated 1,645 wild boar in the Forest of Dean this year – the highest number estimated to date. The figures are calculated annually by the Forestry Commission. When riding in the Forest please treat all wildlife with respect.
When you visit the Forest never feed the boar. Please do not leave unwanted food in the Forest.