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Trail Escape is a series of trail events that start and finish in the centre of a city, with the routes focussed on surrounding countryside

Trail Escape is a start-up company by three people with over 20yrs experience in mass participation events design and management. 

Trail Escape has received angel investor support from a passionate runner who wants to see new ideas brought to life in the running events market.

The team at Trail Escape are working with Massive, who are an events delivery specialist, who are providing route planning and the on-the-ground events management. 

All Trail Escapes will be timed.  Routes will be well marshalled and signed throughout. Aid stations will provide hydration and nutrition. All finishers will receive an event T-shirt and Medal

We will do our best to create routes that are as close to 26.2miles and 25km as possible but given the nature of off-road running it is difficult to be as accurate with route distances as road running events.  We will ensure that each route is at least 26.2miles or 25km and will communicate closer to event day the exact distance.

Routes are now available on the city event pages. All routes are subject to some changes closer to the event.

There will be plenty of spots for your supporters to cheer you on across the route. We are working on the detail of the most scenic, easy to reach and safe locations for spectating and we will be able to share in due course.

Trail Escape events are split into two categories - Run and Hike/Walk. If you plan to run or run/walk then you need to select this choice in the booking journey and you will start at 8am. 

If you plan to hike/walk then please choose this option in the booking journey and you will start at 8.15am

Yes, well-behaved dogs can take part as long as they are kept on a lead at all times.

Please ensure you use a short lead and not an extendable lead.

One dog per runner / hiker only.

We request that owners please clean up after their dog and dispose of their mess using biodegradable bags.

We are afraid that the routes chosen will not be suitable for wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

All runners and hike/walkers must be 18 or older on day the Marathon takes place.  

All runners and hike/walkers must be 16 or older on day the 25km takes place.  

Entries are currently open on the website at

There is no difference in the route or terrain.  All participants will follow the same route. The difference in categories are to make sure all runners access the route first and ensure runners are not overtaking walkers.  We expect the routes to be single-tracks in places so to be fair to all we need to split people out.

Absolutely you can!

Yes there will be cut-off times for each Trail Escape. At this stage in our planning we are working to a 10hr time-limit, which is less than 3miles per hour.  The routes will be clearly marked and marshalled to ensure participants don't get lost.

Yes we will accept transfers and deferrals. The will be a £10 admin fee to manage the changes.  You can adapt your own entry within the Easol portal.  If you have any problems trying to transfer or defer your entry please contact us at

Yes! For example you may enter Trail Escape City No.1 but change your mind and want to take part in City No.2.  We will allow you to transfer your entry to a different Trail Escape city for an admin fee of £10.

Yes if the event is cancelled.
Or, if you choose to pay for Booking Protection at point of entry, you can protect your purchase and request a refund should you need to cancel for unforeseen circumstances.

Booking Protection is an insurance service offered to you via our registration platform Easol. With Booking Protection, you can protect your purchase at checkout and request a refund should you need to cancel for unforeseen circumstances.

We are currently working on our charity relationships for Trail Escape in 2024.  

At this stage we would encourage anyone wishing to use Trail Escape as an opportunity to raise money for a chosen cause to enter through the general entry process and then contact their chosen cause and tell them what you have planned.

If you are from a charity and would like to talk to us about a potential partnership please contact us at 

We suggest you arrive at the event village an hour before your start time.

We will send out guidance to all registrants closer to the event days on what to bring with them - and this may change depending on the weather forecast.

We highly recommend all runners where trail running trainers and all hikers/walkers where good quality walking shoes. 

Depending on the weather forecast we recommend runners carry with them a lightweight jacket. We will have well stocked fuel and hydration stations but we recommend carrying either bars or gels between aid stations.

We recommend all walkers consider the same and if the forecast looks like there may be rain / wind then we recommend also carrying some lightweight trousers.

Specific information will be sent according to the Trail Escape you enter but we are working from the basis that all events will start from locations that are easily accesible from the main transport links in each city by foot, bike or car/taxi

We aim to ensure toilets will be at each aid station.

Yes for all events we will have a baggage drop area. Trail Escape City Bristol-to-Bath is actually a point to point between two neighbouring cities and we will include transporting your baggage to the finish in your entry fee.

In extreme cases we may need to shorten or adapt the routes if we expect extreme temperatures, heavy rain or gale force winds.