Happy Birthday To Us

Happy Birthday To Us

When we celebrated our first birthday during lock down it didn’t look likely that we would still be here now, but here we are celebrating our fifth birthday, and stronger than ever. Honestly, we can not thank everyone enough that…

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Reflecting on 2023

Reflecting on 2023

This year has been a fantastic one for us, none of which would have been possible without your support. So a massive thank you to anyone that ran with us, shared our posts, or supported us in anyway at all…

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Why using RPE over heart rate could be better for your training

Why using RPE over heart rate could …

Using Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE) as a training tool for ultramarathons has several advantages over relying solely on heart rate monitoring. Here are a few reasons why using RPE can be better for your training: While heart rate monitoring…

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Coaching Roundup

Coaching Roundup

It’s been a great couple of months for ESCAPE trails coached athletes. Firstly Kim, who ran our 36 mile Spring Iceni Ultra, making it her first ever ultra Helen raced in the Lake District, finishing The Lap in 18 hours,…

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Brooks Cascadia 16 Review

Brooks Cascadia 16 Review

I was contacted around a month ago by Sportlink to ask if I would give an honest review of the Brooks Cascadia 16 trail shoe, obviously being a complete shoe geek I jumped at the chance. I will start off…

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reviews

Steven Newson
Steven Newson
18/06/2024
I have know the owner of Escape Trails a few years now, been on their Guided Ultra, some mixed distance trails. So I felt I had no need to look any further for peace of mind & security, knowing I’d be obtaining the very best support & advice for an impending Ultra I’d booked. I’m a coach myself within another sport so I’ve high expectations of anyone coaching me & I knew Neil would possibly feel this pressure being a good friend. My training started first week of January for the Rat Race The Wall event 15th June. All I can say is due to Escape Trails informative approach to my tailored plan & care, I felt strong to the very end and completed the challenging Ultra 6hrs within the total cutoff time given. This was my first 70 miler and through the kindness, help and well guided and informative support all the way through my plan, it won’t be my last. I wont lie the training was hard and difficult at times, when after a day at work you dig deep to get the miles done, but Neil is understanding of this and tailors plans that key in to real world needs. Can’t thank Escape Trails & the team enough.
Paul Gerber
Paul Gerber
03/06/2024
Me and my wife meet up with Neil and 8 other keen trail runners at High Lodge Thetford for a 16 km trail run lead by Neil. Neil gave us all a good safety brief before we headed off on our run. The run was at a conversational pace with a few points were we stopped off for a history lesson from Neil. This was a lovely run with a great group of people. Neil was fantastic and a great running leader. I would definitely recommend Escape trails as you will enjoy it like we did. We will also be booking more trail running with Neil and his team. 5 stars.
Ravecore666
Ravecore666
03/06/2024
Was a fun day lovely people
Noah Pugh
Noah Pugh
31/05/2024
Neil coached me for ~7 months for my first ultra (100km). He put together a plan that worked around my schedule and adapted it as the training went on. The workouts were always varied and he listened if I wanted more or less of a certain workout. It got rid of any stress I would have had if I had made my own training plan. I could just focus on the running! The training plan was a slow build over many months and worked really well, so I would definitely recommend Neil’s coaching to new or aspiring ultra-runners. Neil also gave me advice on nutrition during runs and gave me useful advice for the race itself. I finished the 100k with a time I’m very proud of, and I couldn’t have done it without Neil’s awesome coaching! Thank you very much!
Anna Collins
Anna Collins
12/01/2024
Awesome morning out with Escape trails running 16k through gorgeous Thetford Forest. Well planned route, lots of fun facts given by Neil along the way. Well paced, everyone stuck together. Very friendly group of participants. Lots of chat and laughter made the 16k going by in a blink of an eye. I had been drawn to the event because it was not a race but a social run promising not to leave anyone behind. It delivered on this promise.
Lisa Mason
Lisa Mason
01/12/2023
I did the Intro to Trail Running workshop with Escape trails. It was a really enjoyable day, with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. It was informative and fun and finished with a wonderful run through the forest putting what we'd learnt into practice.
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.