5 Spectacular Trail Runs To Kick Start Your New Year Training
If you feel like you're carrying a little excess 'festive cheer' then you're not alone! So what better way to work off that turkey dinner and get back out into the great outdoors than taking part in a trail run this new year?
Across the UK running clubs and nature parks are hosting a series of races to kick the year off. These organised trails are a safe way of running over winter and are a lot more fun than running on a treadmill.
Kielder Forest 10K Night Run
- Distance:10 Km
- Start time: 17:00
- Sat, 6th, Jan
- Entry fee £18
Head torch needed, this 10 km night run leads you through the forest and around some of the famous sights and architecture. The trail is fully marked, has marshals at regular checkpoints and has full medical support in case of an emergency.
Kielder forest is the largest dark sky park in Europe and offers unrivalled views of the stars and even the Milky Way. The lack of artificial light attracts lots of nocturnal animals; keep your eyes open for bats, foxes and more on the run.
With this being the first run of the year there is a great sense of community spirit among the participants. After the race grab a hot drink or some food at the castle and relax with fellow runners.
Buff Winter Trail Half Marathon
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- Distance: 21.8km
- Start Time: 10:30
- Sat , 20th , Jan
- Entry fee £28
Twisting and turning through the trees of Coed y Brenin the Buff Winter Trail Half Marathon takes in several climbs and a variety of terrain.
Fully marked and marshalled this is an official race with electronic timing chip to record your race position. However those who wish to take part for the fun of it are more than welcome.
Whatever position you finish Buff supply plenty of goodies including a thermal mug filled with tea or soup.
Wild Night Run
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- Distance: 1km, 2km, 5km or 10km
- Sat 13th Jan
- Entry fee from £5
There is a new home for the Moonlit Flit this year; Wrangaton Golf Club and the surrounding hills. In addition to the new location there are more short distance races (1km and 2km) for kids and beginner running.
Once you’ve finished the race its back to the golf club for some hearty grub.
Trossachs Night Trail Series
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- Distance:8.8 km
- Start time:19:15
- Wed 7th Feb
- Entry fee £6
This is the third race in a series of night runs starting at Forth Inn, Aberfoyle Village (30 miles north of Glasgow). The short route takes you across local fields, up the low end of Creag Dhunh and back to the village.
Marked with high-vis tape, the route is easy to follow and relatively flat – excellent for beginners, not much technical skill is needed.
Arc of Attrition
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- Start time:12:00
- £140 (+£15 GPS tracker)
- Fri 9th Feb
A hugely rewarding challenge, the Arc of Attrition traces the rugged south west of Cornwall and should be approached with caution. Starting in Coverack and finishing in Porthtowan, participants must navigate their own route with checkpoints limited to every 20 miles.
It requires you to climb 4000m of elevation over 100 miles all within the strict time limit of 36 hours. A support team is recommended and a full list of mandatory equipment can be found on their website.
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.