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Trail running is a great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors. It's also a challenging and rewarding form of exercise. If you're new to trail running, there are a few things you need to know.

Trail running

Trail squad in French Alpes

Local routes

For those just getting started, it's a good idea to find some easy trails to run on. Here are a few popular trails in Surrey:

  • Richmond Park: This is a large park with a variety of trails to choose from.

  • Wimbledon Common: This is another large park with a good mix of trails.

  • North Downs Way: This is a long-distance trail that passes through Surrey and other parts of southern England.

  • Surrey Hills: This is a hilly area with some challenging trails.

Three members of Fulham Running Club cross the finish line after a trail race


There are many trail races held in Surrey throughout the year. Here are a few of the upcoming races:

  • LDWA Winter Tanners: A 20-mile or 30-mile race held in Leatherhead in January.

  • Country to Capital: A 43-mile race from Wendover to Little Venice in April.

  • Pilgrim Challenge: A two-day, 66-mile ultra marathon over the North Downs Way in February.

  • Brecon to Cardiff Ultra: A 70-kilometer race along the Taff Trail in Wales in March.

  • South Downs Way 50: A 50-mile race along the South Downs Way in April.

Fulham Running Club trail runners at Wimbledon Trail Series


Here are some essential pieces of kit for trail running:

  • Shoes: Trail running shoes are designed for off-road terrain. They have good grip and support to help you avoid slipping and twisting your ankles.

  • Backpack: A backpack is essential for carrying water, snacks, and other essentials. Look for a backpack that is comfortable and has enough space for everything you need.

  • Rain jacket: A rain jacket is essential for keeping you dry in wet weather. Look for a jacket that is lightweight and breathable.

  • Headlamp: A headlamp is essential for running in the dark. Look for a headlamp that is bright enough to light your way and has a long battery life.

Fulham Running Club member giving thumbs up to camera while running trails

Other top tips

  • Start slowly and gradually increase your mileage.

  • Be aware of your surroundings and watch out for roots, rocks, and other obstacles.

  • Stay hydrated and eat regularly.

  • Listen to your body and take breaks when you need them.

With a little planning and preparation, you can enjoy many happy miles of trail running.

Key contacts

For more information on trail running at Fulham Running Club, our Leadership Team is made up of Lara Bird-Leakey, Stuart Farmer and TImothy Haughton. 

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