Off road/trail Marathon


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08/01/2013 at 20:00

I'm looking at doing my 1st Trail/Off road marathon this year, I do half my training miles crossing bogs, trails, tow paths, rivers, moors etc, i love running off road and getting muddy, dont worry about times and just enjoy changing terrain etc. But all my serious races (apart from the fun spartan races/tough mudder) are road running, which i do enjoy but I fancy a new challenge, 

Anyone done any of these? race reports/reccomendations would be most helpful,

thanks guys n gals. 

08/01/2013 at 20:33

I;m planning on doing the South Downs Marathon in June. Not done it before so can;t recomend it persoanlly but everything I've read bout precious editions has been positive.

08/01/2013 at 20:38

you can't go much better than this:

highland fling

08/01/2013 at 20:38
Does it have to be 26.2 miles? If not do a search for mud crew events. They are doing a series along the cornish coast in August called the RAT from 11 to 64 miles.
I grew up right next to some of the course and it very challenging. I'm in for the 32 miler this yr.
08/01/2013 at 20:43
Endurance life coastal trail series?
08/01/2013 at 20:43
Whereabouts are you from Marc? There's a few events popping up in the north east?
09/01/2013 at 09:37

Beachy Head Marathon is 95% off road - very highly rated every year.


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09/01/2013 at 09:39

I love doing off road events, they are great fun. Did the endurance life Dorset 10k in December and that was really good and i thought well done, so would recommend any of their events, i'm going to try the half next time!
However there are a lot of lower profile events that are just as challenging. I entered the Avebury 8 last year, quite local clubby but real cheap, no frills and loads and loads of mud. just search for trail races in the event finder on this website

09/01/2013 at 10:30
If your looking for a step from road to trail try the white peak marathon in the peaks sometime in May?
09/01/2013 at 10:31

This is supposed to be a good'un!

09/01/2013 at 10:40

i'm in the midlands Andy but i can travel anywhere in europe if its worth it. 

thanks for the suggestions, it doesnt have to be 26.2 no, but i'm not sure im ready for a 50 miler,gonna look at the beachy head one a little more, sounds ideal, and the white peak one too, love hills. still open to ideas

09/01/2013 at 10:58

The Endurancelife events are excellent, locations, atmosphere a but lack of personnel is usually apparent. Would still give them 9/10 ! One of the best events I have done is the Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 event. Choice of 10k to Ultra distance. The name means five hills, four rivers, three country estates, two castles and one cathedral on the route. Organisation is 10/10. This year it is 11th of August so the weather adds a bit of an extra challenge. The event is in aid of the Firefighters charity

09/01/2013 at 11:05

The Atlantic Coast Challenge, organized by VoTwo and held every autumn (this year in early October) is a good one. Three days along the Cornish coastal path from Padstow to Land's End. You can do single days. Day 3 is particularly, erm, challenging. Lots of swamp and ups and downs.

I'd imagine their other challenge series events are similar. I did the ACC in 2010 and it was good fun.

Edited: 09/01/2013 at 11:06
09/01/2013 at 11:10

+1 for Beachy Head.

EDIT... I typed those arrow thingies to point at me on the left running up a slippery chalky path in the Beachy Head marathon, but it didn't like it. 

Edited: 09/01/2013 at 11:11
09/01/2013 at 11:28

Lakeland Trails - they do a marathon and other shorter events through the year. I did the first marthon and can reccomend it, although it is hard since it's up and down mountains with limited support (there's a review on the events forum if you search for it). I also did Staveley with the same company so can say in my experience they are good organisers of quite relaxed events (no big city formality).

09/01/2013 at 11:55

Look at Endurancelife website, all coastal trail series stages have marathon distances.

09/01/2013 at 12:06

I ran the South Downs a couple of years ago. It's challenging and also beautiful. Salomon also sponsors the Kielder Marathon, which calls itself 'Britain's most beautiful marathon' and I believe is slightly less challenging than the South Downs. I'm considering running it this year.

09/01/2013 at 13:44

Rivington Trail (near Bolton) half or full mara in October run by 2:09 events was fun last year. Hilly, muddy, and generally good fun.

09/01/2013 at 13:47

Lakeland Trails - They do a number of events throughout the year, all around 15k & also a Half & full Marathon in July I think.

Doing Trail Marathon Wales this year on June 22nd, will be my first off road marathon.

Yorkshireman is another I think.


09/01/2013 at 17:43

great list guys, thanks a lot, made notes to check out all of them.

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