New to The National Running Show in 2020 is The Trail Zone. Join the growing number of people who run trails for the places it takes us, the things we see, the people we meet and the stories we tell. Whether you are new to trail or experienced, want to run longer or discover new places, come along and meet your hosts, We Run Trail in the Trail Zone. Learn top tips, take part in skills demos and listen to experienced trail runners, coaches and guides share their adventures with you.

What to expect:

A whole lot of trail community squeezed into one big space. We can’t bring the mud, trees, fresh air and views to the NEC but we can do the next best thing and pack it full of people who live and breathe trail, hill, fell or mountain. Parkrunners, fell runners, sand dune surfers, tow path explorers, trail tracers, bladerunners; people who love a map or who love getting lost, people who are kit junkies or people who run barefoot. Beginners and people who have been round a hill or 2.

Whatever your trail story, there is a lot to get involved with

  • pose on our ‘real’ stile #wevegotstile and add your photo to our Humans of Trail wall
  • vote for the winner of Trail Running Magazines Trail Photo of the Year
  • take a pew and listen to some great Trail Chats from a host of trail runners on subjects ranging from mental health, through to sky running and trail technique
  • ask trail specific coaches how to tackle those hills, train for an ultra, what the best shoes for off road or simply how to start out on trail
  • stick a pin in our large map of the UK and tell us where you run, where you guide trail groups, your favourite trail shop and so forth
  • join the community of We Run Trail and register as a runner or a trail expert.
  • register to take part in Trail Running Magazines #run1000miles

And as they say… a whole lot more!



10:00    Trail skills and drills

Andy Pye, trail coach, Trail Run West Midlands

10:30 Gearing up for a multi-stage desert race

Jo Gregory

11:00   Run for your life – endurance running to prison life

Andy Mouncey, trail coach & ultra marathoner

12:00    Mind over Mountain

Emma Gould, GB mountain runner and her coach Will Laye

12:30    Off Road Coaches community meet up

13:00    Multi day trail running: the UTMB in 6 days

Claire Maxted, Wild Ginger Running

13:30    From trails to fells: a beginner’s guide

Kate MacKenzie, Harrier Trail Gear

14:00    How to set up a running community

Deb Watts, trail coach, Mole Valley Fitness

14:30    Attitude over ability

Simon James, Run The Wild

15:00    Brooks community meet up

15:30    How trail got my mental health back on track

Rick Rose- Coulthard, trail runner, Brooks Ambassador

16:00    Wheelchair racing the OMM

Chris Nicholson, Adventurer



10:00    You are never too old to run trail

Judith Brand, trail runner

10:30    Blazing your own trail

Keri Wallace, co-founder of Girls on Hills

12:00    Barefoot on the trails

Phil Rose, Natural Born Runners

12:30    Parkrun for non Parkrunners

Gary Lee, Running with Glee

13:00    Running trail for beginners Q&A

Jude Palmer, trail coach, Run Surrey Hills

14:00    The long and short of it: the benefits of running ultra

Andy Brooks, trail coach, Peak Running

14:30    Running through the menopause

Rachel Sheldrake, trail coach, Mud and Miles

15:00    Where there’s a will there’s a way – who needs two legs to go trail running?

Ray Evans, Running on Metal

15:30    Off Road Coaches community meet up

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