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!

Dates and rules for the 2018 Trail Run Champs :-

Venues and distances to be decided

R1 – 15th April 2018 – Tendring Village Hall – approx 5 miles

R2 – 20th May 2018 – Capel St Mary – approx 7 miles

R3 – 24th June 2018 – Alton Water – approx 9 miles

R4 – 19th August 2018 – Rendlesham Forest – approx 13 miles

R5 – 24th October 2018 – TBA

1-5 races through the year with 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- Distances to be announced
5- ladies and men champs
6- each location tba 2 weeks before each race

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.

The 4th trail run on Sunday 19 August will start in Rendlesham Forest from the main car park near the visitor centre, post code IP12 3NF . Please note that there is a £4 car park fee, so car share if possible. There is a child’s play area close by. Registration is from 08.30-10.30. The course is approximately 13 miles. There will be the normal refreshments available and all contributions are welcome and there will be water stations on the course. Please let us know if you will be joining us and Rodger said that this has to be best one so far, any questions please ask.

Well done to Meera Rajoo-Oakley for retaining the ladies title she won last year.  At last, Paul Carlisle has won the men’s title, after coming close on previous attempts. Well done Paul! Once again, a huge thank you to Rodger Alexander for organising another fantastic trail run series. Without all his hard work, none of this would happen. He deserves a medal! Bring on the 2018 series!


Great Bentley Trail Runs – Previous year’s results