Is the race suitable for first-time trail runners?
Absolutely! In 2011, roughly 70% of Trailblazer participants had never run off-road (or off-treadmill) before. The trails are undulating rather than hilly, combining good running surfaces, and with distance markers and drink stations on course to ensure you’re looked after, and our event atmosphere is designed to be really welcoming. Just don’t blame us when you get hooked!
What’s the difference between this off-road 10k and a road-run 10k?
Trailblazers use a mix of tracks and trails through forests and field. Unlike a road run where every step is the same, each step of a trail is different, as the angle and type of the surface changes as you run. This places slightly different demands on the body, so you may not run as fast as you would on road, but the natural surroundings more than make up for it. This is a great chance to experience running away from the urban landscape, and even could be a good excuse to get some new kit!
What about more experienced trail runners and fell runners?
These events are deliberately not designed as fell races or as hardcore cross-country epics, but are an ideal opportunity for faster runners to set quick times away from the regular road running circuit. Flowing routes, great trail surfaces and a big-event atmosphere all combine to provide a setting for a good run out.
What is the minimum age to run at the event?
The minimum age is 16 years old.
Is the race chip timed?
Yes it is. You will be issued with your chip at Registration. We’ll send you your results by text (unless you’d prefer not to) immediately after the event finishes, and publish the results on our website.
How much is it?
Click here to see our pricing guide.
Can I bring my friends/ family along?
Please do! Trailblazers are totally family friendly, featuring activities for the kids while Mum or Dad get their trainers on and go for a run! The locations themselves are also popular locations for days out, with loads to see and do in the local area – an ideal day or weekend for everyone.
Do I get a finishers’ medal?
You certainly do. If you finish!
Can I wear my iPod/MP3 player?
That’s fine by us. Our routes are traffic-free and well marshalled, so you’re welcome to enjoy some tunes as you run. Just make sure you can hear the briefing at the start, and are aware of runners around you on the course, particularly anyone that might be trying to overtake. We’d recommend leaving your headphone leads untucked behind your body, as a good indication to runners behind that you’re using an MP3 player.
Is the course way-marked?
Yes, it is professionally way-marked and stewarded where required.
Are there water stations en route?
There is at least one water station part way through each course, and you’ll receive a bottle of water upon finishing, with your goody bag.
Do you have on-site showers and toilets?
There will be plenty of toilets but no showers at these events.
Can I run with my dogs?
No dogs, are not allowed to run the event, however they are welcome in the event village
What’s the catering like?
We provide good event catering from an experienced provider: Expect high carb food selections, hearty soups, home-made cakes and plenty of choice on drinks – hot drinks including gourmet coffee and teas, water on sale, soft drinks and a full range of isotonic and other sports drinks.
Can I park my car for free?
Yes, you can park for free as part of your Trailblazer entry.
Can I camp overnight?
Trailblazers don’t include provision for camping onsite, but all three venues have accommodation nearby, including camping, guesthouses and hotels.
What are the prizes?
We have very exciting prizes for the winners of each RW Trailblazer!
1st Place Woman/Man – Helly Hansen gift voucher worth £250 and Helly Hansen kit, a year subscription to Runner’s World Magazine and a set of Runner’s World books
2nd Place Woman/Man –Rat Race gift voucher worth £50 and a set of Runner’s World books
3rd Place Woman/Man - Rat Race gift voucher worth £25 and a set of Runner’s World books
We will also have a range of great spot prizes courtesy of RW Trailblazer sponsor - Helly Hansen!
Please note that you need to be present at the prize giving in order to receive any physical prizes. Vouchers will be posted if absent.