Guided trail runs

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

Whether you’re an experienced trail runner or a novice, we organise these guided 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

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.
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 👌