Intro To Trail Running Workshop

Are you looking to try trail running for the first time?

During this 5 hour workshop we will cover the skills you need to help you take up trail running, including technique, running over different terrain, uphill/downhill running and gear you may need.

We will be based in the fantastic Oak Lodge at High Lodge, which will provide us with a great space to have some indoor lessons, before heading out and having practical sessions on the beautiful trails of Thetford Forest.

At the end of this workshop you will leave feeling more confident about hitting the trails on your own.


Who is this workshop aimed it? Anybody that already runs and would like to try trail running. All we ask is that you can run a minimum of 5k.

What will we be covering?

  • During the workshop we will cover what trail running is, running technique, running over different terrain, uphill/downhill running, and what shoes and gear you may need.
  • There will be a fully qualified UK Athletics running coach on hand to answer any questions you have throughout the morning.
  • Our Run Leaders know High Lodge like the back of their hands, and will give out fascinating facts about the history and nature of Thetford Forest when we head out on to trails.

Will we be running for 5 hours? No, we will have some classroom sessions, and will be running around 2 hours in total.

What will I need?

  • Please come dressed appropriately for the weather, there may be a little wait between practical sessions so it’s important that you can stay warm.
  • Refreshments will be provided, but you may want to bring water with you for when we’re running.
  • The forest is quick draining, so even if we have heavy rain beforehand, road shoes will be fine.

What’s provided?

  • Fully qualified UK Athletics Running Coaches and Run Leaders
  • Discounted parking for the 5 hours
  • The size of the group will be kept small to ensure that everyone gets a good level of attention and help.
  • All attendees will receive a discount code for one of our 10k guided trail runs at High Lodge.


21 05 23


10:00 am - 3:00 pm




High Lodge
Thetford Forest, Brandon, Suffolk, IP27 0AF


ESCAPE trails


Anna Collins
Anna Collins
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
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
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
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
Saffron H
Saffron H
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
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
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
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
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 👌