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29th December 2022

Five things you can do at our new Trail Days

Our first Trail Day event takes place on Sunday, 8th Jan. Event Director Chris takes us through what to expect.

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After five years of organising monthly group runs, our social events are evolving in 2023.

Our new Trail Days, kicking off in Aldbury on January 8th (Chiltern Hills) will give runners the opportunity to get involved with several activities, with the aim to open up our community to a wider audience.

These events are casual, friendly and open to all. Below we have outlined five things you can expect.

1. Take on the Time Trial

Our time trials are a great way to test your fitness and see how you rank against your fellow runners.

Each Trail Day has pre-defined route that you are challenged to run in the quickest time possible. The start window is between 1015-1200 and all you have to do is pick-up a timing chip and head out when you're ready.

Our Aldbury challenge is a brilliant 12.8km run from our base to the top of Ivinghoe Beacon and back. We ran this back in the summer and the current times to beat are 64:35 (Brett Stevens) and 75:29 (Caitlin Jones).

We share the route as a GPX file, PDF map and via Strava/Garmin etc. There will be a few Runaway arrows and ribbons to help you, but navigation is also part of the challenge.

Runaway Adventures time trial

2. Join our group run

If the time trial sounds a bit too much like hard work then you can join our guided run, heading out from our base at 1030.

These are social runs led by a Runaway guide on a pre-planned route in the area, typically around 12-16km.

The running pace is between 6:00 min/km and 7:00 min/km, but there are always plenty of stoppages and time to enjoy the scenery.

Our Aldbury group run is a lovely 12.8km loop along The Ridgeway and through Ashridge forest.

Runaway Adventures guided run in richmond park

3. Run a route

You can also explore the trails on your own and use our base as a hang-out zone.

For each Trail Day we share a short, medium and long route that you can download and follow via your watch or phone. All the adventures have been plotted and tested by us to hit the best trails in the area.

Run your own trail running route

4. Enjoy plenty of refreshments

You will be well looked after at our Trail Day bases.

We will be serving fresh coffee and tea throughout the day, along with a selection of Athletic Brewing beers, soft drinks and locally sourced cakes or other sweet treats.

For the more nutritionally conscious there will also be some smoothies and shakes to purchase at our tuck shop!

Runaway Adventures trail race - post run Athletic Brewing!

5. Relax pre and post run at our temporary club house!

We host each event from a private space and will turn it into a temporary trail running clubhouse. In addition to the refreshments there will be toilets, bag drop and plenty of seating available.

Friends, partners, children, injured-runners, non-runners are all welcome to hang-out with us and use the space however you wish.

Run your own trail running route

Our Trail Days will take place in four locations and repeat throughout the year. Our confirmed dates so far are:

If you have any questions, please email - See you on the trails

Runaway Racing Trig Point Illustration

Our trail running races

Greensand Country 50K 50km - 26th May 2024
Chiltern Ridge Half Marathon 21.2km - 16th June 2024
Dunstable Downs Half Marathon 21.2km - 14th July 2024
Suffolk Coastal Path 50K 50km - 14th September 2024
North Chilterns 50K 50km - 13th October 2024
Chiltern Ridge Winter 50K 50km - 16th November 2024
Chiltern Hills Invitational 10km - 8th December 2024
Chiltern Ridge Ultra 50K 50km - 5th April 2025
Hughenden Trail 10K 10K - Spring 2025 (TBC)
Chiltern Hills 100K 100k - 26th April 2025
Tewinbury Trail 10K 10km - 8th June 2025

Past results & photos

Not sure which race to choose, check out our past event results and photos.

Results & photos

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