We asked... “What lessons did you learn from your first trail race that you can pass on to new­bies?”

Trail Running (UK) - - Warm- Up -

Denise Lowther Good shoes and good socks. Mark Lowrie Just run, and en­joy the mo­ment. Sim­ple. Fiona Ash­ley Wear midge re­pel­lent. Noth­ing midges love more than a sweaty run­ner stop­ping to catch their breath. Joel Scragg Duck. No­body likes a tree­branch clothes­line. J R New­ton I re­mem­ber be­ing wor­ried that I would get lost! Al­though it was no dif­fer­ent in dis­tance, I walked the route first with a map. Sounds weird, but it helped me to feel con­fi­dent run­ning it. Paul New­man I re­mem­ber be­ing out on a run in The Malverns and we took a short­cut through a farm called the Cock­shoot. My mate asked: “Is this the Cock­shoot?” to which some­one replied, “It will be if the farmer catches us!” Paul Wal­dron Wear the right shoes for the ter­rain. Check whether there are wa­ter stops if you feel you will need them. And al­low plenty of time to get there, reg­is­ter and prep your­self. Noth­ing worse than ar­riv­ing in a panic or, as in one race for me, ar­riv­ing five min­utes after the start! Mark Kemp Don’t be shy to stop, take in the views, take a selfie, and smile that you’re out­doors and away from the hus­tle and bus­tle. Car­men Janczuk Know your route be­fore you start, or else you’ll waste time get­ting your ori­en­ta­tion right. Sam­phire Amps If you need to stop for a breather, do it at the top of a hill not the bot­tom. Get­ting go­ing again will be eas­ier. And don’t for­get to look at the views! Kath Saun­ders No­body is judg­ing you – lots walk up the hills. Dun­can Coombes Just run. Don’t over com­pli­cate it, and stop at points and take in where you are. Co­lette Holden My first trail run was a recce with Tideswell Run­ning Club of the Calver fell race route in the Peak District. I re­mem­ber say­ing to the run leader it was one of the best things I’d done in years. Lessons learned: don’t even bother try­ing to run the steep bits, and re­mem­ber that all those tough up­hills are fol­lowed by truly bril­liant down­hills. Marko Laita­maa Spend some ex­tra money on good run­ning shoes.

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