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 2019 Trail Run Champs :-

Venues and distances to be decided

R1 – 31 March 2019 – Ramsey 7 miles

R2 – 19 May 2019 – Brantham – 5 miles

R3 – 23 June 2019 – Capel St Mary – 10 miles

R4 – 18 August 2019 – Great Horkesley – 13 miles

R5 – 23 October 2019 – Evening trail run 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- ladies and men champs
5- 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 will be on Sunday 18th August around the Great Horkesley area. The start will be from the Presland residence Homeleigh, Nayland Road, Great Horkesley, COLCHESTER, CO6 4ER

The first group will be able to leave at 08:30 hrs and from then until 09:30hrs. This will be an approximate 13 mile trail run. Refreshments will be available for all at the finish. Please let us know if you are coming to help Rodger to get the sheets ready. Thanks

Great Bentley Trail Runs – Previous year’s results