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 2020 Trail Run Champs :-

Due to Covid-19, we have decided to run the GBRC 2020 Trail Run Champs as virtual events. There will be 4 rounds, over the next 4 months. They will all be appoximately 5 miles this year. 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 (i.e. the first round will be from 7 June – 6 July).

* 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 the first round will be posted on the GBRC website on Sunday 7 June and you will have until 6 July to do the run.

* 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 everyone who completes all 4 rounds and a winners t-shirt for the male champ and female champ.

* As there are no clipper points there will be a couple of questions on each run 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.

* AT FINISH: when you’ve finished the run and are back at the village hall you need to text FINISH to Rodger, along with the following information:


* If you have any questions, please ask.

The third trail starting on 7th August is from the public car park down the side of the Red Lion pub in Chelmondiston, Ipswich, IP9 1DX

R1 – 7 June to 6 July 2020 – Mistley- 4.5 miles

R2 – 7 July to 6 August – Dedham- 6.5 miles

R3 – 7 August to 6 September – Pin Mill – 5 miles – Instructions here

R4 – 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 champs
  5. each location tba 2 weeks before each race
  6. T-shirt for anyone completing all 4 trail runs

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.

Great Bentley Trail Runs – Previous year’s results