An Introduction to Trail Racing

Trail races involve a variety of surfaces including parkland paths, fields and pavements. There will probably be a few hills, there may be some mud and the odd puddle, but there will definitely be lots of enjoyment for participants and spectators.

The Dream Trail is definitely a challenge but we don’t employ any gimmicks such as trenches, cargo nets or swamps, the only obstacles are provided by nature and the competitors in front of you!

For regular athletes, the Dream Trail Race offers a great opportunity to bridge the gap between the summer Track and Road Season and Cross Country.

Hopefully we will answer many of your questions below but if not please email us: info@dreamtrailrace.org.uk

1. How fit do I need to be?

Trail Running is not recommended for non-runners as it does involve varying terrain and some hills. However, there is plenty of time before the run for you to achieve the required level of fitness if you knuckle down and start getting fit now. As a guide, you should probably be able to complete a mile on the streets in under 15 minutes to be capable of finishing the 10 km course.

 2. Is this only for Fun Runners?

No, regular athletes and those preparing for the Cross Country season are more than welcome. They will be allowed to set off at the front of the pack so that they can pit themselves against other club runners.

3. Do I need any special clothing or equipment?

Trail running shoes are recommended as the additional grip will help you, particularly when running downhill. We strongly advise against running in fashion footwear such as Converse Pumps or Court Trainers. Running spikes are not required as some of the Trail will be on tarmac and will damage them (and potentially you also).

4. Is this like Hell Runner and other extreme events that I see advertised?

No. The St Helens Dream Trail Race won’t have any bogs, obstacles or pipes to go through. We will be running over fields and crossings a couple of ditches so if the weather has been poor then it may be muddy but not intentionally so.

5. Do I have to get sponsored?

No, but it would be great if you do support The Steve Prescott Foundation by either making a donation as you enter or by getting sponsored to complete the trail.

6. What are the logistics on the day?

You will be emailed closer to the race date but we do plan to have a registration area, changing facilities, toilets and refreshments on site. Parking is a little limited so where possible we encourage people to car share and use public transport but there are plenty of roads in the area that are not restricted parking.

7. Is it dangerous?

The race takes place over uneven terrain and parts of the course may be slippery. Competitors are responsible for their own safety during the race and should take care as they run but there will not be any major obstacles, ditches or pipes that you find at some extreme challenge events. 

8. I can longer take part, what can I do?

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer refunds for cancelled entries. However, at our discretion we may swap your entry over to another participant. This change of entry is not guaranteed though and depends on timing and proximity to race day.

Legal Disclaimer

This event by its very nature is hazardous and contains certain inherent risks. The race is run over land to which the public has free access and over which the race organisers have no control and which is subject to normal hazards to be expected on such a trail, e.g. partially or fully exposed tree roots, overhanging branches, non participants, dogs etc. Participants are responsible for their own safety. It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure that they are physically capable to start an event of this distance and terrain. Participants should contact their own doctor if they are uncertain on this point. By agreeing to these conditions the participant accepts that they enter this event at their own risk and accept that the event organisers and their employees are not liable for any loss, damage claim, expense, injury or accidents which may arise as a consequence of the participants negligence in this event.

In the unlikely event of a cancellation, organisers are not obliged to provide refunds.