Montane Trail 26 & Trail 13 Grizedale Forest
The first of the 2017 Trail 26 trail running events will take place from Grizedale Forest Visitor’s Centre. Situated close to Hawkeshead and nestled in between Coniston Water and Lake Windermere it provides the perfect venue to kick off your trail running New Year.
Running events are some of the most popular types of fitness events out there – and are one of the easiest to get in to, whilst being very tricky to master. Because of this, it is a great place to start when you want to get in to a fitness regime – but there is a lot more to it than simply placing one foot in front of the other!
Brief History of Running
Competitive races are thought to have at first started (as with many sports) with the Ancient Greeks, though many other traces link it to the Egyptians, parts of Asia and many other parts of Africa. One of the earliest recorded event is from 1829 BCE at an Irish festival honouring the goddess Tailtiu in a series of sporting events known as the Tailteann Games. A thousand years later in 776 BCE, we have the first record of the Olympics in Greece, and this is likely where many forms of runs and marathons have their origins.
Since then many different type of events have come about – through the Olympic Games are still probably the most famous. Throughout the world events are held all the time from simple small 5k runs to enormous 26 mile sprints like the London Marathon.
How to get started in running events
Luckily it is one of the easiest sports to get in to – you just need to start moving! Starting off with small jogs and sprints is the best way to get started and then you can slowly start to increase distance to build yourself up to bigger and better runs. I’d suggest started off with something like a 5K as this is not too challenging but long enough for you to get a real sense for what is involved in the sport. You can read our article here all about how to prepare for your first 5K which will give you some more insight on how to get your training started.
Once you get started you will quickly see there is a lot more to taking on a run than simply getting out there and jogging. If you are looking to get serious then you may want to start investing in some good gear – a good pair of running trainers is the best place to start. You can also invest in a lot of other running specific clothing too though be warned things can start to get expensive.
Running Races Near Me
There are quite a lot of different runs to choose from depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we list some of the best running events in the UK, if you know what type of event you want you can click one of the links below to find out more;
Fun Runs | 5K Runs | 10K Runs | Half Marathons | Marathons
Top Running Events in 2020
We have picked out the best events taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Running Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.
Although we have picked this particular event, there are actually 4 different events taking place at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival so you really do have the widest choice available to suit your ability. Not only does it have great options but also stunning scenery, it takes place along the coastline and also the iconic Bournemouth pier. We have been to the Half Marathon event before so check out our review here.
The Montane Trail 26 & Trail 13 Grizedale Forest Course
You have a choice of two trail running events, The full marathon (Trail 26) or the half marathon (Trail 13). The course consists of 2 separate loops. The first loop is completed by both the Trail 26 and Trail 13 competitors. The second loop is for the Trail 26 competitors only. The course lay out makes it spectator friendly, as your supporters will get to see the marathon runners at the half way point as they pass back through the Visitors Centre, which also acts as the start and finish.
The route on the first loop is a mixture of gravel, trail path and fire roads which wind their way through the pine trees of Grizedale Forest, together with some open grassy sections which provide a stunning view of Coniston Water.
The route on the second loop is more technical underfoot with more uneven terrain, boggy areas, open fields and some small sections of road.
The Grizedale trail running course will be fully signed with bright yellow directional signs together with our famous “motivational quotes” to keep you going.
There will be 3 feeding stations/checkpoints on the course. There will be one feed stop on the first loop for the Trail 26 and Trail 13 competitors, one at the Visitors Centre for the Trail 26 competitors (half way) and one on the second loop for the Trail 26 competitors.
How much to enter:
The cost to enter the Montane Trail 26 trail marathon is £35.
The cost to enter the Montane Trail 13 half marathon is £30.
In addition to the Trail 26 trail race there will be a free Trail Kidz 1k trail running event for children taking place at 9am, with medals for all finishers. You will have enough time to run with your children before taking part in the main event! There is no online registration for this event. You will need to register your child(ren) on the day at the Trail Kidz Registration Tent.
Your entry fee includes:
Your pay and display car parking fee
A bespoke technical t-shirt
A bespoke finishers medal