Great Bentley Trail Runs

Great Bentley Trail Runs are held mainly on public footpaths, fields, woods and some roads. There are also trail runs for the kids, none of which will include  roads or traffic.   A huge amount of time and effort is taken up by Rodger Alexander, who meticulously plans all of the courses, spending hours ‘recceing’ to make sure all of his instructions are correct. He even provides the catering. What a guy!

Rules for the 2021 Trail Run Champs :-

Due to the uncertainty still surrounding Covid-19, we have again decided to run this year’s GBRC Trail Run Champs as virtual events. There will be 4 rounds, from June to September, distances to be advised. This is what you need to do if you want to take part:

* You must do all 4 rounds to count towards the GBRC championship.

* You will have 1 calendar month to do each round. You can do your run at anytime during the month (e.g. – the first round will be from 1st to 30th June).

* Please follow the Government’s guidance on how many people should run together, ideally no more that 3 together at one time.

* The instructions for each round will be posted on the GBRC website the night before the start date.

* Please be aware that there will be no clipper points or water stations, so take plenty of water with you!

* There will be a free t-shirt for all club members who complete all 4 rounds and a winners t-shirt for the male champ and female champ. Non members who complete all 4 rounds can purchase a t shirt at cost price.

* As there are no clipper points there will be a couple of questions on each run which you will need to answer, so remember to take along a pen or pencil.

* AT START: when you’re ready to start running you need to text START along with your FULL NAME to Rodger’s phone and let him know if you are MEMBER or NON-MEMBER

* AT FINISH: when you’ve finished the run, text FINISH to Rodger, along with the following information:
~FULL NAME
~TIME TAKEN
~ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS

(if possible, can you use your own phone to give the above information, so that he can keep track of you all)

* If you have any questions, please ask.

R1 – 1st to 30th June 2021 – Wrabness – Distance 6 Miles

R2 – 1st to 31st July – Capel Saint Mary – Distance 7 Miles

R3 – 1st to 31st August – Ipswich – Distance TBA

R4 – 1st to 30th September – Colchester – Distance TBA

  1. 4 races through the year with all 4 to count
  2. everyone to score as individuals ( but can run together )
  3. scoring is, fastest time 100 pts second fastest time 99 pts and so on
  4. Ladies and Men’s champs
  5. each location tba the day before each race
  6. T-shirt for anyone completing all 4 trail runs

DETAILS FOR R2 – Bypass Nurseries – 7 Miles: 

R2 of Trail Run Champs starts on the 1st July. It is approx. 7 miles long, starts at Bypass Nurseries Garden Centre, Capel St Mary (IP9 2JR). Please park on the road outside Bypass Nurseries – DO NOT park in garden centre car park.

Due to a few people reported problems with printing of instructions these are now available in two file formats. Please check if all paragraphs are printed out. They are numbered so it’s easy to see if any are missing. If you still experience any problems with printing, please contact Tom at gbrcenquiry@hotmail.co.uk

For instruction in Google docs – please click here

For instruction in PDF – please click here

Tips for the Trail Runs :-

Do not follow runners in front of you– if they get lost you get lost!

If you do not like running on your own then try run in pairs–you can have one person reading the directions and the other looking for the landmarks. Any larger numbers and you can end up carrying passengers

Even if you know the area do not presume you know where to go–focus on the direction

Learn all the abbreviations before your run– this makes it a lot easier to read the directions and saves time

Fold the direction paperwork so you read one paragraph at a time–this is so you can see on you sheet exactly were you are. Each paragraph is approximately 1 mile.

For Great Bentley Trail Runs 2021 current results please click here

Great Bentley Trail Runs – Previous year’s results

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014