It’s Not A Race

Being the only(?) guided trail running specific business in Norfolk can be both a blessing, but also a bit of a curse.

One of the questions I ask before most of our runs is “does anyone know what they’ve signed up for?”, most often than not there is at least one person that replies with a “not really”. Understandably for many people when they run with us for the first time it is their first guided trail run.

So if you haven’t run with us and have no idea what to expect from a guided run, below I have listed some of the main differences between our events and a race.

  • No time limits – Unlike a race we don’t time our runs, all our runs are at a sociable pace and take as long as they take. We want our runs to be about exploring rather than the times, and due to the lovely scenery we run in this means that we quite often stop to take in the nature or to take photos.
  • Group sizes – We don’t have large numbers of runners, we could, but we feel large groups take away from the atmosphere, and everyone gets to know each other better with smaller groups (quite often people make new friends on our runs then start running together outside of our events).
  • Guided – the clue is in the name, but this is the one that most people are surprised by. One of our Run Leaders runs with you for the duration of the event. We don’t mark out the route, it’s all stored away in our heads. Being guided means that you don’t need to worry about getting lost, and you can turn up and just run, without having to keep an eye out for route markers.
  • Learn something – Our Run Leaders take care in where they run, and not only learn the route, but also the local area. So if you come on one of our runs hopefully you will go home having learnt something, if you’ve been to High Lodge you are almost certain to have had Neil’s story which massively undersells the gun flint mine……

The main thing is that our events are relaxed and friendly and missing the pressure that a race situation can bring.

Fancy trying your first guided trail run? You can find all of our upcoming guided runs on our events page.

reviews

Stuart Smith
Stuart Smith
01/11/2023
This was a great experience. My first 10Km in a very very long time. Everyone made me extremely welcome and calmed my nerves. I will be back on a regular basis to run in great surroundings with this guided group who didn’t leave me behind, thank you.
Vivienne Taylor
Vivienne Taylor
01/11/2023
29th October 10k run with Neil and Lin in Thetford Forest was brilliant. Well organised, relaxed with no time pressure a group of us ran in the autumn sunshine enjoying a varied trail of paths through the forest. A very friendly group with some first time 10k runners along with more experienced trail runners. I’ll be back for another run and will challenge myself to do the 16k next time. A great way to spend a Sunday morning. Thanks Escape Trails.
James Nightingale
James Nightingale
04/09/2023
Saffron H
Saffron H
16/07/2023
Myself and a friend ran the wroxham/Hoveton route. It was our first ever trail run and Neil and the other runners were so supportive and accommodating. We've already decided to book another in the near future.
Chelsea Forwood
Chelsea Forwood
03/04/2023
Really enjoyed taking part in a guided run, was taken on a lovely route with some interesting information given on stops along the route. Run was relaxed and inclusive of pace. Friendly run leaders. Definitely will go again.
Rob Blowers
Rob Blowers
08/01/2023
If you are thinking of booking and not sure it’s simple - just go for it! Neil and his team run excellent events and I’ve never left a single one without a big smile on my face. A great way to clear your mind from the real world, enjoy great company and learn from experienced coaches.
James Wright
James Wright
01/01/2023
Have done a few runs with ESCAPE trails now, the most recent being a fantastic headtorch run through the Norfolk countryside. Events are always fun, inclusive and great value.
Ros Blackmore
Ros Blackmore
29/12/2022
We did a 10k guided run in Thetford Forest on Christmas Eve, lovely friendly and well organised run, nice easy pace, no one got left behind. Loved it, and highly recommend 👌
Jenny Davies
Jenny Davies
28/11/2022
I really enjoyed the run. Nice gentle pace, very friendly and informative.
Stu
Stu
14/11/2022
Great place to run and Neil was a great host and gave me some pointers to support my running