Group trail runs

Here at Escape trails we offer group trail running experiences around Norfolk and Suffolk.

Whether you’re an experienced trail runner or a novice, we organise these trail runs to cater for all abilities. We have lots of experience on the local trails and have planned different routes with a real variety of terrain and distance, so even if you have experience on the trails we can still find new trails for you to explore.

The runs are social and supportive and no one gets left behind. There will be lots of opportunities to take photos, and more importantly to take in the surrounding nature.

FAQs

What pace will we be running at?

When you sign up for an event you will be asked for a rough 5k, 10k or half marathon time, we will then use this to place you in a group with people of a similar ability, you will not be running at that pace.

All runs are led at a conversational pace, ESCAPE trails events are about taking in the scenery and enjoying the trails, not racing. Please be aware that you may not be the slowest person in your group, and you may need to run at a slower pace than normal.

What will I need?

We will be running on a variety of terrain from forest tracks to hard-packed trails so trail shoes, while not essential, would be advised – and be prepared to get them muddy!

Waterproof jacket and depending on the weather sun cream

At least 500ml of water and as many snacks as you think you’ll need.

Most importantly a willingness to enjoy the trails and have fun.

Experience Level?

All of our events have a required level of experience listed, making it easier for you to pick which runs you think are suitable for you, and which you’ll get the most enjoyment from. These are –

  • Easy – These runs are suitable for anyone that’s been running on the road, and is now taking their first steps in to trail running. The terrain will be mostly flat, with very few obstacles. They are also suitable for anyone that is looking for a nice relaxed run, where they can just enjoy the trails without having to worry about pace.
  • Intermediate – These runs are suitable for anyone that has a good level of experience with trail running. The terrain will be harder going than the easy level, with more obstacles and possibly more incline to climb. These runs will generally be run at a quicker pace than those in the easy level.
  • Experienced – As the name suggests, these runs are suitable for experienced trail runners, that have experience with technical terrain and big inclines. These runs are generally outside of Norfolk and are in other parts of the UK.

Check the events page for upcoming dates and locations

reviews

tobias champion
tobias champion
30/06/2024
I would highly recommend Escape Trails Ultramarathon Coaching. I started working with Neil as I was training for my first 100k. The training plans provided were detailed and easy to follow. Neil was flexible to my feedback and provided support at every step of the way. I look forward to working with Neil again in the future.
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