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10 Must-Watch Trail Running Films

10 Must-Watch Trail Running Films
13 January 2021

Trail running is an amazing way to explore and enjoy the world whilst providing you with a healthy form of exercise. The following films showcase some of the most passionate trail runners 'enjoying' what they love to do most.


Kilian Jornet: Path to Everest

  • Runtime: 1hr 24mins
  • Director: Josep Serra, SÉBASTIEN MONTAZ-ROSSET, Marc Juan
  • Available to watch on: Amazon

This documentary tells the story of how Kilian Jornet succeeded in completing the historic double solo ascent of Everest (without oxygen) in one week.

  • Runtime: 1hr 24mins
  • Director: Josep Serra, SÉBASTIEN MONTAZ-ROSSET, Marc Juan
  • Available to watch on: Amazon

This documentary tells the story of how Kilian Jornet succeeded in completing the historic double solo ascent of Everest (without oxygen) in one week.


Paul Tierney: Running The Wainrights

  • Runtime: 1hr 2mins
  • Available to watch on: YouTube

Paul Tierney sets out on an epic adventure battling sleep deprivation and everything the Lake District weather could throw at him to summit all 214 Alfred Wainwright Lake District peaks beating the record time of 6 days 13 hours and 1 minute.

  • Runtime: 1hr 2mins
  • Available to watch on: YouTube

Paul Tierney sets out on an epic adventure battling sleep deprivation and everything the Lake District weather could throw at him to summit all 214 Alfred Wainwright Lake District peaks beating the record time of 6 days 13 hours and 1 minute.


The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young

  • Runtime: 1hr 29mins
  • Director: Annika Iltis, Timothy Kane
  • Available to watch on: Amazon

A famous prison escape sparks the idea for a cult-like race that has seen only 10 finishers in its first 25 years. This award-winning, oddly inspiring, and wildly funny documentary reveals the sports world's most guarded secret.

  • Runtime: 1hr 29mins
  • Director: Annika Iltis, Timothy Kane
  • Available to watch on: Amazon

A famous prison escape sparks the idea for a cult-like race that has seen only 10 finishers in its first 25 years. This award-winning, oddly inspiring, and wildly funny documentary reveals the sports world's most guarded secret.


Lorena: Light-Footed Woman

  • Runtime: 28mins
  • Director: Juan Carlos Rulfo
  • Available to watch on: Netflix

Indigenous runner Lorena Ramírez came to fame overnight winning ultra-marathon races with no formal training only running or walking long distances as part of her daily life in the Tarahumara community based in the northern state of Chihuahua, Mexico.

  • Runtime: 28mins
  • Director: Juan Carlos Rulfo
  • Available to watch on: Netflix

Indigenous runner Lorena Ramírez came to fame overnight winning ultra-marathon races with no formal training only running or walking long distances as part of her daily life in the Tarahumara community based in the northern state of Chihuahua, Mexico.


Last Women Standing: The Barkley Marathons

  • Runtime: 39mins
  • Available to watch on: YouTube

Nicky Spinks attempts to become the first-ever woman to complete The Barkley Marathons - the world's toughest ultra-running race.

  • Runtime: 39mins
  • Available to watch on: YouTube

Nicky Spinks attempts to become the first-ever woman to complete The Barkley Marathons - the world's toughest ultra-running race.


Brothers In The Sand

  • Runtime: 50mins
  • Director: Aegina Brahim, Tom Magnus 
  • Available to watch on: Amazon

Five brothers attempt to become the first family in history to complete the Marathon Des Sables;  a six-day, 251 km ultramarathon,in the Sahara desert.

  • Runtime: 50mins
  • Director: Aegina Brahim, Tom Magnus 
  • Available to watch on: Amazon

Five brothers attempt to become the first family in history to complete the Marathon Des Sables;  a six-day, 251 km ultramarathon,in the Sahara desert.


A Long Day Out W/Kilian Jornet

  • Runtime: 13 mins
  • Available to watch on: Youtube

Kilian Jornet with an inspiring adventure from his doorstep. Tackling some staggering Norwegian ridgelines with the usual spectacular endurance we have come to expect from Kilian, this short film is well worth a watch.

  • Runtime: 13 mins
  • Available to watch on: Youtube

Kilian Jornet with an inspiring adventure from his doorstep. Tackling some staggering Norwegian ridgelines and the usual spectacular endurance we have come to expect from Kilian, this short film is well worth a watch.


Pau Capell: Run For The Arctic

  • Runtime: 13min
  • Available to watch on: YouTube

The North Face Athlete Pau Capell took on his most ambitious project yet, running 250km iin 5 days through the Arctic to raise awareness of climate change.

  • Runtime: 13min
  • Available to watch on: YouTube

The North Face Athlete Pau Capell took on his most ambitious project yet, running 250km iin 5 days through the Arctic to raise awareness of climate change.


Sean Conway Running Britain (2 Part Series)

  • Runtime: 44mins / episode
  • Available to watch on: Amazon

Adventurer Sean Conway aims to run 1000 miles from John O'Groats to Land's End. He pits himself against snow in the Scottish Highlands, and battles motorways in Northern England.

  • Runtime: 44mins / episode
  • Available to watch on: Amazon

Adventurer Sean Conway aims to run 1000 miles from John O'Groats to Land's End. He pits himself against snow in the Scottish Highlands, and battles motorways in Northern England.


Courtney Dauwalter: The Source

  • Runtime: 38min
  • Available to watch on: YouTube

The Source is a documentary film that explores elite ultra runner Courtney Dauwalter's source of will. How does the sweet-loving, beer drinking athlete destroy 200+ mile races, in some cases, beating all the men and the women?

  • Runtime: 38min
  • Available to watch on: YouTube

The Source is a documentary film that explores elite ultra runner Courtney Dauwalter's source of will. How does the sweet-loving, beer drinking athlete destroy 200+ mile races, in some cases, beating all the men and the women?


About the Author:

Pete Fletcher - Outdoor Expert

Pete grew up hiking most of the trails in the Lake District before being introduced to skiing. A decade later and you're most likely to find him snowboarding, skateboarding or making a mean coffee.


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