Trail Running Weekends

Learn from the world's best: Learn about trail/ultra running from the 2013 world champion Ricky Lightfoot. Whether you are looking to get into trail/ultra running events or looking to improve your performance to the next level this weekend will be ideal. This weekend is aimed at all level and abilities of runners. 

People running the Trail Running Weekends
Event Time:09:00 am
Event Date:20 November 2015
Event Distance:6 - 30 KM

Running Events

History | Getting Started | Top Events

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!

Runners taking part in a running event

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.

Bournemouth Marathon

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.

Find out more about the 2020 Bournemouth Marathon


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The Trail Running Weekends Course

On this weekend we'll be covering aspects such as training program plans/principles for trail/ultra running, nutritional strategies and advice, equipment selection and advice, night running (Petzl headtorches to try out) , injury prevention and rehab, and of course some superb runs onto the trails and fells guided by our experienced team. 

There will also be discussions and advice covering off road running techniques for the various types of terrain encountered in trail/ultra running, preparation for trail running events,training program plans / principles, nutritional strategies and advice, kit selection and recommendations, injury prevention and night running.

We will be based at the Derwentwater Independent Hostel where we will have access to the trails right from the door step! Your weekend will include your stay here for the weekend and all your meals will be provided. (3 meals a day) And of course lots of fun!

Previous Trail Running Weekends Feedback: 

  • Great weekend had! Thank you all very much indeed. Big well done to everyone for their wonderful running endurance. - Victoria Mousley 
  • Thanks everyone, especially Ian and Emily for a (another) fantastic weekend. Learnt a lot and great tower more nice people! - Katey Foster
  • Thanks very much for a class weekend everyone. It was good fun, superb information and most of all great people all around. I'm looking forward to my next trip down already! - Stuart Munro
  • Hi, thanks for a great weekend! I've finally managed to structure my training into something that might be achievable and rediscovered my mojo...Yay! It was fantastic to spend a few days in a, with other crazy people - Sarah Holton
  • Thankyou all for such a great weekend. The running was amazing the people were even better. - Mark Farrar
  • Thanks all for a great weekend last weekend, met some great like minded people, learnt more than i can remember and the legs still sore but I now have a (semi) rigid training plan and my first ultra to work towards. - David Dicks
Event Location : Keswick, Derwent Water , CA12

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