5 EASY STEPS TO BECOMING A TRAIL RUNNER
Our expert, Dave Tune, explains how to get started in trail running and maximise your enjoyment
1 GET KITTED OUT
Trail shoes are key, as are multiple layers to account for all weathers. Invest in a waterproof jacket for rain, and breathable socks for comfort.
2 LEARN TO MAP READ
Whether you’re planning your first foray on a new trail or orienteering on the run, it’s an essential skill.
3 EMBRACE THE MUD
With hills, unpredictable weather and slower pace, running off-road can be challenging – but it will make you a stronger athlete.
4 START OFF SMALL
Allow your training to progress gradually. Begin on undulating terrain and in a few years you may be mountain-running.
5 TALK TO EXPERIENCED RUNNERS
Ask their advice on local trails to explore, swap ideas on where is best to run in which season, and get inspired.