About Trail Escape

Venue – we are working on several venues at the moment but the first is likley to be Reading in August 2019.

Distance – Roughly a half marathon (21K) of running with a further 3K – 4K rest/walk/jog in transition stages.

How many stages? – It will vary from race to race but roughly 10 ranging from 3K steady to shorter special stages, climbs, downhills etc.

How is it timed? – Race chips are allocated on arrival, you use these at the start and end of each stage to log you time. The chip stores the information and gives you the stage time, position and overall time at the end of the race.

What time does it start? – You can start any time between 9.00am and 12.00pm. We would ask that runners who are taking it easy start earlier so if you are going to take a few hours please start in an early wave.

Are there cut off times? Not if you start in the early waves. If you have never run a half marathon and want to walk/jog the whole thing that’s fine. We aim to be as inclusive as possible.

Can friends or club runners stay together? – Yes how you do it is up to you, you can say together or run at your own pace and wait for each other at each transition stage.

What categories are there? – We will have pairs and teams of 4 or more. You have to stay together throughout the race.

What prizes are given? – There are awards for each stage winner and 1/2/3 men and women overall. 

What is the terrain like? –  It’s a mixture of riverside paths, public footpaths, bridleways and woodland trails depending on the venue. The route will be a scenic circular routes with stunning scenery. There may be road or pavement sections but these will generally be in the transition stage.

What is a transition stage? – This is where you stop the timing after a running stage, it may be just a support stop with water or a walking stage through a village or along a quiet lane to the next timed section. They can be anything from 20 meters up to a few hundred meters.

Are there rules? – Not many other than you have to complete all the stages and eventually arrive back at the finish. What goes on, on the trail stays on the trail :-). The terrain, lumps and bumps, styles, gates, and transitions are all part of the event. If it’s wet it may be muddy. We may pass through a village or along a narrow path, obstacles including other path users, bikes, horses, and livestock are to be expected now and again. We expect participants to respect other trail users, we have no special rights over any other user.

Are there medals? – Of course we will have lovely medals for all finishers.

Are there T-shirts – You can add one to your entry for a small charge around £6 or £7.  You pick them up on the day.

Will i get a race pack? – Not in the post, these are picked up on the day along with your timing chip. You need to return your chip at the end of the race to get your results. There will be a PDF info sheet with everything you need to know on the website.