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Trail running

Hello all, hope the off-season is going well for everyone!

Whilst up at leeds I trained a bit with some people from the XC team and did lots of trail running and loved it. But now I on my lonesome back in Leicester I am finding it difficult to find trail routes! The only thing I have been doing is cycling up to a park on the north side of the city and running round it for a bit.

So my question is does anyone know of a resource for trail runs, or at least footpaths, I had a look on the ordnance survey but those maps are so hard to read when you've been used to satellite images on google!

Any help would be much appreciated!



  • BoycieBoycie Posts: 189
    My advice would be to look for a book of walks in your local area, where you can walk you can run. Less helpful advice would be learn to read a map, I find that half the fun is plotting your own route and following it as you go.

  • BritspinBritspin Posts: 1,655
    You mean making it up as you go along?
  • ardkeenardkeen Posts: 152
    I was out trail running yesterday coming down a hill, slipped and sprained my right ankle. Not a happy lad today.
  • BoycieBoycie Posts: 189
    If that was aimed at me Britspin then yes, it has been known. Some of my best runs have been stepping out in an area I don't know and following a map. Just along as I have water and some food as they don't always go to plan.
  • BritspinBritspin Posts: 1,655
    Yes it was..& I wholeheartedly agree.It is one of the reasons I take running shoes on holiday, cover a good bit of ground, get a training session & find some places of interest to investigate later.
  • RockieRockie Posts: 40
    Yep just pick out a trail on a topo map and go do it, ignore the contours they'll just turn you off. Although a cell phone would come in handy, just in case.
  • BritspinBritspin Posts: 1,655
    I adopt the 'I wonder whats down here approach mostly...get the occasional 'GiITORFMYLARND' but mostly OK.
  • JonhinioJonhinio Posts: 289
    Have you looked on Map my Run website to see what's in the area? Might need a bit of digging around, but you never know what will turn up.
  • BritspinBritspin Posts: 1,655
    Wheres the fun in that?..Actually might be handy in getting lost..you think your OK with the route..completely different on the ground.
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