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