Serpentine trail running - spring summary

Here is a summary of forthcoming Serpie Trail runs. These are led runs through a variety of countryside, and all are accessible by public transport from London.

About the trail runs

We aim to go at a sociable pace - if you can run for the nominated distance without needing to walk, you should be OK. That said, we do usually take the odd break along the way. Apart from the last one on the list which involves "logistics", no advance entry is needed - you can just turn up on the day. Read some general info about trail running

A Woburn Wander on Sat 28 Feb

A new 19 mile circular route through scenic countryside from Leighton Buzzard, featuring Woburn Abbey (but not the bit with the lions) and the "other" Greensand Way, the one north of London. Would make a good long slow distance run if training for a spring marathon, and so much more interesting than 19 miles of pavement! I will send out more details and train times next week.

Ashridge Park on Sat 18 Apr

A nice easy 11 miles from Berkhamsted on an old favourite route mainly on forest trails, passing the Bridgewater Monument and through ye olde village of Aldbury. Hopefully the bluebells will be out by then. This one would be good if you want a gentle introduction to trail, or equally if you normally run further but are tapering for London. There is a Serpie approved cafe at the end.

Cotswolds on Sun 10 May

A little further from London, but still easy to do by train. Choice of 13 or 22 miles. This was a popular route when we did it a couple of years ago, so worth another visit: Charlbury to Hanborough through pretty Cotswold countryside including the magnificent parkland of Blenheim Palace. The longer route continues to join the Thames and finish in Oxford.

Wildest Wales Weekend on 13-14 June

The more "adventurous" Serpie Trails are back! Approx. 35 miles spread over 2 days in a very remote part of Wales. We run over mountainous and boggy terrain to the distant summit of Drygarn Fawr, in the heart of the wilderness. You will be carrying all your gear - but not a tent/sleeping bag as we will be stopping Saturday night in a bunkhouse with bedding provided. Watch out for another email with more details and call for entries towards the end of March.

More details about each run will be sent out to all on the trail running mailing list closer to the date of the event. Read about the club's different mailing lists and how to sign up here.

Submitted: 22 February 2015