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Guided Trail & Fell Running Adventures

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We are based in one of the best places on the whole planet to run. As well as the wonderful Peak District National Park, we have a wealth of beautiful and historic places to enjoy. As well as a huge variety of spectacular landscapes, we have many historic towns, villages, country estates and stately homes all within running distance.

Our guided runs are an ideal way to get out there and enjoy this wonderful area in the company of like minded people. We take away all the hassle of route planning and navigation, so you can just turn up with your kit and enjoy the run in the safe hands of our experts, who have many years of trail, fell and mountain running experience. 

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Wayfarer Runs

Adventures in spectacular places

Fantastic days out running on the trails and fells, usually in or around the Peak District National Park.

Enjoy some great running and fantastic views, without the hassle of finding your own route. Plus an opportunity to pick up lots of tips and advice from our experts, who have many years of trail, fell and mountain running experience. 

 

Distances generally the 12 to 16 miles range. 

Fitness, experience and kit required

The emphasis on our guided runs is enjoying a socially paced run in great surroundings, with stops along the way to enjoy the views and take photos. We ensure that nobody ever gets left behind. However, in fairness to other group members you do need to be able to run the distance advertised and not be phased by a few hills. A fast pace is not important though, and it's perfectly acceptable - and probably encouraged - to walk the tougher hills on the day, especially on the longer runs.

For some runs there are specific minimum kit requirements too, which you'll need to wear or carry with you. 

Below is a guide of what kit you need for each type of run and a rough guide to the fitness and experience needed to ensure you have an enjoyable experience. You should check the details for individual runs though, as these may occasionally be specific requirements. 

To view our new dedicated 'Trail Therapy' page, click HERE

Trail Therapy

Trail or Fell Experience

None required

Fitness needed

Able to run 5k continuously on flat terrain. Or walk the advertised distance when there is a walking option.

Minimum Kit

  • Clothing suitable for weather

  • Off-road running shoes recommended

Trail EVENINGS

Trail or Fell Experience

None required

Fitness needed

Able to run distance advertised continuously on flat terrain. 

Minimum Kit

  • Clothing suitable for weather

  • Off-road running shoes recommended (required in wet conditions)

WAYFARER LITE

Trail or Fell Experience

Have run on trails a couple of times before.

Fitness needed

Able to run 10k in around 65 minutes on flat terrain. Or 90 mins when there is a 'rike' option.

Minimum Kit

  • Off-road running shoes

  • Running clothes suitable for the weather conditions, plus additional warm layer for emergencies

  • Waterproof jacket, with hood and taped seams

  • Hat and gloves 

  • Water or energy drink (min 500ml)

  • Snacks and emergency food

  • Money (including some emergency backup funds, e.g. for taxi to finish)

  • Small back pack or bum-bag to carry items not being worn

WAYFARER

Trail or Fell Experience

Have run on hilly trails a few times before.

Fitness needed

Able to run half marathon in around 2:10 on flat terrain. Or 2:30 when there is a rike option.

Minimum Kit

  • Off-road running shoes

  • Running clothes suitable for the weather conditions, plus additional warm layer for emergencies

  • Waterproof jacket, with hood and taped seams

  • Waterproof trousers

  • Hat and gloves 

  • Water or energy drink (min 1 litre)

  • Snacks and emergency food

  • Money (including some emergency backup funds, e.g. for taxi to finish)

  • Small back pack or bum-bag to carry items not being worn

Scheduled Runs
Current Guided Run Schedule
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Every Thursday & the last Tuesday of the month

bRUNch Club

Every Thurs (National Forest) / Last Tues of month (Staffs/West Mids)

Regular weekday morning off-road outings on scenic trails at a relaxed 'chatty' pace, starting at 9:45am. These sessions are as much about the mind as the body. They are a perfect way to de-stress and connect with nature in some beautiful green spaces, amongst a friendly and supportive group.

The runs take around an hour going at a pace that is comfortable for everyone in the group. Distances range from 6.5k to 8k. There are likely to be some moderate hills on most runs and you may encounter some muddy sections. 

We cater for all paces but we recommend that, for the running group, you are capable of completing parkrun or the equivalent distance (5km /3 miles) in around 40 mins or less . If you're not quite at that point yet, we've introduced a RIKE group on the Thursday sessions most weeks (as marked with an * below). This is aimed at those that are newer to running, looking to build confidence or coming back from injury, and will consist of mostly hiking and talking, with short bursts of easy running when the terrain allows.

The regular bRUNch group starts at 9:45am, so please arrive in good time to register and access the facilities. When there is a RIKE group this will leave 15 minutes earlier than the regular bRUNch so that everyone finishes at a similar time ready to socialise afterwards, should you wish to. If you'd like to join the walk-jog group, please arrive in good time for a 9:30am start.

CURRENT SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS:

NATIONAL FOREST:
* 9:45am, Thursday 7th December at Marina Tea Rooms, Barton Marina, Barton-under-Needwood, Burton-on-Trent, DE13 8AS
** 10:00am, Thursday 14th December, bRUNch Christmas Special at Donisthorpe Woodlands Centre (The Pavilion), DE12 7PX . PLEASE NOTE: we'll be meeting later than usual; 10.15am start for the walk-jog group and 10.30am start for the steady run groups. If you'd like to join for Christmas lunch after, please email info@peakrunning.co.uk (£18:95 for main course + pudding) **
* 9:45am, Thursday 21st December at Ferrers Centre (car park), Staunton Harold, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, LE65 1RU
** PLEASE NOTE: There will not be a bRUNch Club on Thursday 28th December, as our leaders are having a well-earned break! **

(* On these weeks the Thursday RIKE group will set off 15 minutes earlier and so please meet in good time for a 9:15am to leave for 9:30am)

WEST MIDS/STAFFS: (Tuesday bRUNch Club is once a month, meeting on the last Tuesday of the month, for a 9:30am start) Please note that the next Tuesday bRUNch will take place in January 2024;
9:30am, Tuesday 30th January at Canalside Farm shop car park, Mill Ln, Great Haywood, Stafford ST18 0RQ, what3words: ///loopholes.posting.chucked

Must be booked in advance

£4

Discount with 10-run pricing plan.

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Sunday 10th December, meeting at 9:15am

Wayfarer Hike: "Two Trig Hike"

Join Debs on this Wayfarer hike in Cannock, with an option to warm-up with a delicious two course Christmas lunch after.

Join Debs aka SHORTY for a Wayfarer HIKE, starting with a gradual climb heading towards our first trig point, at the popular landmark the Glacial Boulder... we'll discover the mystery of how this big rock got there!

As we head out to our second trig point of the hike, remember to look out for the fallow and red deer roaming the heathland. We'll reach Broc Hill and the Millenium sundial, where there are great panoramic views and - weather permitting - we'll see as far as The Wrekin which is over 20 miles away.

Over the Stepping Stones, crossing the stream and we make a gradual climb through Abraham’s Valley, with more great views in what was originally a royal hunting forest. By mile 8 we will have reached our second trig point and yep you’ve guessed it, more cracking views! We are now at the highest point of our HIKE. Big smiles for a group photo before we move on through the forest and join the Heart of England Way, heading back to our cars.

Distance: 10 miles with 1300 ft elevation

£14.70

70p of which is donated to the Peak District National Park Foundation charity.

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Sunday 17th December, meeting at 9:15am

Wayfarer Lite: "Tutbury Castle & the Fauld Crater"

Join Debs and co for a Wayfarer LITE taking in exciting points-of-interest and a real variety of terrain including woodland, fields and single-track paths.

Wayfarer Lites are ideal if you're newer to running, coming back from injury or illness or just want an adventure that's a little shorter than our usual Wayfarers. The pace will be chatty, steady running with hiking breaks as and when the group requires as well as regular photo breaks.

Heading out towards The Priory Church of St Mary - which is already very near to Tutbury Castle - we will get a much better view of the castle as we run out into the coutryside. From there, there’s a gradual climb as we make our way to our next point of interest, the Fauld Crater. You can see for yourself the impact The Fauld Explosion made... a crater some 300 feet deep made 79 years ago.

PLEASE NOTE: We cannot accept dogs on this event due to lots of single-track and fields with livestock.

Distance: 8.5 miles with 650 ft elevation

£9.70

70p of which is donated to the Peak District National Park Foundation charity.

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Wednesday 27th December 2023

Festive Frolic

Our popular festive run & rike on the wonderful trails of South Derbyshire is BACK for 2023! Why not join us in burning off the mince pies... and then eat some more 🙂

Meeting at the Royal British Legion in Melbourne, we'll head out for a festive plod on the trails at 11am. There will be three "speeds" to choose from;
- Prancer - chatty running
- Dancer - even chattier running, with more walking breaks
- Vixen - riking; mostly hiking with bursts of chatty running

Once back at the Legion we'll get stuck into some additional festivities including a raffle, which has over the years become a great way of getting rid of any unwanted Christmas presents and makes for some funny raffle-swaps... as well as opportunity to bag a 2023 Peak Running event tee for a quid!

A hot & cold buffet spread will be put on from 1:30pm, catering for gluten free and vegan. If you don't want to stay for the buffet, please select the non-food ticket when booking.

Distance; mostly run groups will cover 8(ish) miles & the rike group will cover 6(ish) miles

£6 - £11

£11 includes hot & cold buffet at the Legion

bRUNch Club
Hike with Debs
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