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 2017 Trail Run Champs :-

Venues and distances to be decided

R1 – 2nd April 2017 –  Alton Water 7.5 miles approx

R2 – 21st May 2017 – Newbourne Village Hall  IP12 4NP – 6 miles approx

R3 – 25th June 2017 – Aldham Colchester – 9 miles approx

R4 – 20th August 2017 – Newbourne Village Hall  IP12 4NP – 13 miles approx

R5 – 25th October 2017 – Langham Community Centre – 5 miles approx

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- 2 races 5miles ,1 race 7mile, 1 race 10mile , 1 race 13mile
5- ladies and men champs
6- each location tba 2 weeks before each race
7- the 13m race will be a figure of 8 so will have a feeding station

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

Information for the 5th and last trail run at Langham on Wednesday 25 October

6.45pm to 7.45 pm
5 miles approx
Preferably in groups of 1-3 people
Parking available
There will be food and drink afterwards
The Community Centre will be available for toilets and the usual refreshments. There is ample parking. Any newcomers please come along and we can always pair you up with someone who has done them before. Please post if you are coming to help Rodger with the catering and also he like to get the sheets ready
Please can you give me your name if you would like to take part, on Facebook or email There is an events page on Facebook for further details.
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