Will I Be Too Slow?

We get asked this question a lot, second only to shoe recommendations.

The short answer to this is “No”. We don’t believe in too slow, everyone is welcome.

Our events are about exploring the trails, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. All of our events are run at a sociable pace with plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the surrounding area. As long as you can comfortably run a suitable distance you will be fine. For example, if you are attending a 10k run, as long as you can run 5k comfortably, and have been gradually building up to 10k you will be fine. Similarly, if you are a speedy runner, be prepared that you may have to run at a slightly slower pace than you are used to.

For 2021, if needed and where possible, we will have the option of two differently paced groups, so you can run with others of similar ability. As the ESCAPE trails team continues to grow, we hope to have more options of paced groups in the future.

We think this is what makes us different, and gives our customers a different experience. We have no interest in organising races, there’s already lots of really fantastic races out there. It’s people getting out on the trails for the first time, or exploring new places that gets us excited, not how fast they do it. This will always be what ESCAPE trails is about.

Don’t just take our word for it

  • positive review  I just wanted to say a big thank you to Neil and Hannah, for my intro to trail running at West Harling Woods. I am new to running, but am drawn to running off road, what a great location to try it out in. The hosts were very knowledgeable, I learned a lot about equipment, techniques and warming up and down and had fun too! Thanks guys, I will definitely be joining you for a guided run soon.

    Steven Turner Avatar Steven Turner
    15/03/2020

    positive review  I seriously can not recommend this group highly enough. Both guides have a crazy amount of experience and mileage under their belt, but in spite of that it's such a relaxed encouraging atmosphere. I always come back from a run with them with a smile on my face and fun stories to tell! Love 👏these👏 guys👏!!! ❤️

    Beth Tousley Avatar Beth Tousley
    07/06/2021

    positive review  Had a really great run tonight with Neil around the trails of Wroxham and the surrounding area. It was a great group to run with. Highly recommended. Thank you.

    Paul Gerber Avatar Paul Gerber
    30/06/2020

    positive review  Felt a bit random at first as I was the only person to turn up . But Neil is a good old boy had a really good natter and a good route was selected so it was quite a chilled 10k . Worth doing of your thinking about it

    Andrew Bouskill Avatar Andrew Bouskill
    22/12/2020
  • positive review  I absolutely loved the Intro to Trail Running at Harling Woods this morning. Neil and Hannah shared their knowledge from what kit you need to hill trail running. I even learned some new stretches at the end that I will be introducing regularly. The forest was beautiful and the pace was social so all abilities were included. Everyone had a big grin on their faces and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Escape Trails is perfectly named. After the crazy fortnight I have just had I really did feel I had escaped for a few hours. I feel physically and mentally energised. Thank you Neil and Hannah, I look forward to joining you again soon 😀

    Heather Dagraca Avatar Heather Dagraca
    14/03/2020

    positive review  Neil and Hannah are brilliant hosts for any trail runner looking to run off road. Full of knowledge and enthusiam it was a pleasure to take part in the Intro to Trail Running at Harling Woods. A great venue and everyone had a great time. Looking forward to taking part in more Escape Trails runs!

    Stephanie Brighton Avatar Stephanie Brighton
    14/03/2020

    positive review  Had a super morning with Neil, on a private organised group run with friends. 6 mile loop from Wroxham across beautiful trails. The time flew by! Would definitely recommend.

    Cassie Wildey Avatar Cassie Wildey
    26/07/2020

    positive review  Did a run through the countryside of Hoveton last week with Escape Trails Joined by a cracking group of people, Neil led us over a lovely route at a nice steady pace. Suitable for runners of all levels.

    Clive Whiting Avatar Clive Whiting
    04/07/2020
  • positive review  Very friendly group, all with a common goal ! Absolutely loved every minute of the time outdoors. Kudos to the leaders. !

    Lewis Tippett Avatar Lewis Tippett
    30/05/2021