So what is trail running?
In The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running, they conclude that a “trail” requires three of the following qualities: 1) unpaved; 2) natural obstacles; 3) significant elevation gain/loss; and 4) scenic.
On some trail runs you cross rivers (Yarrow River 10K, Bluebell 10, Keswick Mountain Festival etc spring to mind), others you tackle swamp like conditions or climb mini mountains. Whatever course you do is different and not one is the same. Due to this your times will vary.
The conditions and course can effect your time massively. You won’t be chasing a PB. Your times can vary a lot at the same distance. If you do the same course the following year don’t expect the same time. It’s completely different to road running as your splits and times are all over the place!
It’s also worth noting that just because a race states a specific distance it doesn’t mean that that’s the case. Take the following examples in Kendal Mountain Festival was actually 16 miles not 15, the Howgills 1/2 Marathon was actually 14 miles not 13.1, Staveley 10K was actually 12K not 10K etc. So in some instances don’t be shocked if it’s longer than advertised.
You also (in the majority of the races) need to run in trail shoes as they have a different type of grip than road shoes. If you aren’t sure what type to get then ask someone in the club and they’ll more than likely be happy to help.
To view this year’s Trail Race Championship please click here
Below is some race information as well as links to enter:
A multi-terrain race that starts near the Hare & Hounds pub in Abbey Village. It’s undulating and approximately 9K. The first mile or so is along paved paths alongside Roddlesworth Reservoir before you start to climb into Tockholes Woods. It’s then undulating paths through the woods and you do a big loop before coming back on yourself.
A multi-terrain course that uses the paths around Colliers Moss and it can be very muddy depending on the weather leading up to the race. It’s quite scenic as it’s a woodland trails course.
Starts at Rivington Village and heads out towards Anglezarke Reservoir and White Coppice on undulating woodland trails with scenic views. Once at White Coppice the race becomes challenging as you begin your climb to the top before descending and coming back on yourself. This event is likely to sell out in advance.
Probably one of the most challenging 5K races that you’ll ever do. It’s a quick downhill start before a sharp right turn and a slog and a half uphill towards Wilders Wood. You weave around the woods as you start your descent and then an uphill finish.
Brun Valley 10K
This was a new race for 2018 and is a multi terrain race that starts and finishes in Thompson Park. The race goes through the paths of the park before heading into Brun Valley Forest Park, taking in a picturesque circuit of Rowley Lake along the way. This event is likely to sell out in advance.
Staveley 10K & 18K Challenge
You have the choice of either 10K or 18K Challenge. If the conditions are good you can get a good time but if not then expect to tackle a swamp! Expect lots of climbing, woodland trails and running through a bog! This event is likely to sell out in advance!
Wigan Trail 10K
The event takes place through the trails of Wigan’s Greenheart Amberswood Park, situated between Spring View & Hindley. This former mining area has been transformed into a beautiful 160 hectare nature reserve.
Haigh Woodland parkrun
A surprisingly quick 5K trail run through the trails of Haigh Country Park. It’s basically a fast 1.6 mile down hill and then a long slog back on yourself as you loop back to the finish near Haigh Hall.
Sabden Trail Race
A 6 mile trail race around the beautiful hills of Sabden. A scenic, undulating route with a killer of a climb up the side of a reservoir!
Northwich Festival of Running 10K Trail Race
A Sunday of family entertainment based around three races/ runs around some fantastic parkland trails (‘hidden’ on the doorstep of Northwich Town Centre). A 10k trail race with medals and chip timing. The race starts at Northwich’s Carey Park and continue up around the back of Marbury, back to the start.
The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Wilson Playing Fields, Clayton-le-Moors, Accrington. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and trail paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain.
Harrock Hill 4
Another race that is classed as a fell race but technically it’s trail. This is part of a 4 race series held every month from May to August and very cheap to enter at £4. The 5.2 mile race starts at the bottom of a hill which sets the scene for the race as you tackle hills and run across fields around Parbold.
Lytham Hall parkrun
The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Lytham Hall, Lytham. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, gravel paths, woodland trails and grass. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain.
Yarrow River 10K
A fantastic race on the woodland trails through Yarrow Valley Country Park and it has a bit of everything you want from trail running. This event is likely to sell out in advance.
One of the hardest parkruns in the North West. There are plenty of hills to keep you occupied on your 5K run as you head through the woods of Witton Country Park. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, trail paths, gravel paths and stone paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain.
For info – We understand that Blackburn Council are introducing Car
Parking Charges at Witton Park but minimal really = 0.50p for 2 hours
and £2.00 all day, Please make sure you take some change with you if you intend to use the car park!
Cuerden Valley parkrun
The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Cuerden Valley Park, Preston. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and trail paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain.