Race picks: five trail races this summer

Forest five, Bracknell

Wednesday 18th June

This mid-week evening race will spice up your calendar. It's the perfect way to celebrate the summer evenings as the longest day of the year approaches. The five mile lap around Windsor Forest will take runners across fields, track and gravel paths.

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Giants Head Marathon, Dorset

Saturday 28th June

The race organisers label this as ‘a very very challenging race’ so prepare for a somewhat hilly but nonetheless beautiful course. It’ll take runners through the Sydling and Cerne valleys running around and under the famous Cerne Giant. Post event celebrations involve a beer tent and a hog roast; this may just be worth your while.

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Ashmei 20 mile trail run, Lake District

Sunday 6th June

20 miles of beautiful surroundings and hills make up this race. It’s part of a whole race weekend running festival. The event village is located close to Pooley Bridge and is kitted out to be worthy of tired runners with dining space serving gourmet meals, lounge seating, a fire pit plus nightly film screenings. Book up for a running holiday experience.

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The Railway Ultra, 36 miles, Telford

Saturday 2nd August

This is the first year of this event. It’s not for the faint hearted with 27 or 36 mile distance options. It’ll take racers along the River Severn between Ironbridge and Bridgnorth. The race involves an out and back route with each lap being nine miles across a disused railway, scenery is stunning but you’ll need a strong will to keep at the laps.

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Thames Meander half marathon, Kingston

Saturday 23rd August

Highly rated by our readers, this is a half marathon not to miss. There is also a marathon option for those looking for tackle the full distance this summer. The scenic course will take runners riverside from its starting point in Kingston to Kew Pier. The views are great and the profile is flat and it’s in the prefect location for a post-race pub lunch.

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