While you can technically run anywhere and choose how much you want to challenge yourself, if you want to continue to develop your trail running abilities, it’s important to find ways to learn new techniques and improve your skills.

Joining a running club, becoming a member of a trail running organisation, or attending a running event can be a great way to improve your ability level. 

Use this guide to find out how you can learn more about trail running.

Join a Running Club

A quick internet search will connect you with a  local trail running club and provide details on where and how regularly they meet.

Joining a running club is a great way to try trail running as you’ll have the opportunity to network and meet with other people who are passionate about the sport. 

You never know, you may also find a friend and running buddy at your local club so you don’t have to venture out into the wilderness alone.

Your local running club will also be able to tell you about the best trail routes and how difficult they are.

Surrounding yourself with people who are more experienced trail runners, means you’ll improve your running technique to become a more efficient runner.

Join a Trail Running Organisation

In the UK, trail running enthusiasts can join organisations like the Trail Running Association (TRA).

The TRA aims to encourage more people to participate in trail running throughout the UK. The organisation works to organise trail races and help fund trail running events such as the British Trail Running Championship.

They also offer learning resources and publish a quarterly magazine called ‘Trailrunner’ for its members. Joining an organisation is a great way to stay up-to-date with the sport professionally and at an amateur level.

Digital Tools

From your phone or laptop, you can find local trail running clubs, organisations, and communities near you.

You can also access a wide range of digital tools online including expert advice, blog posts, forums, videos, social media accounts and influencers. Online resources are a great way to learn more about trail running and how you can get the most out of it.

Trail Running Events

You might also consider attending professional trail running events like the Yorkshire Three Peaks Race or Keswick Mountain Festival Trail Races.

Whether you plan to participate or spectate at these events, you’ll get a feel for the competitive side of the sport and also have the opportunity to meet others who are passionate about trail running. Events are often a great place to network with like-minded people.

Learn More About Trail Running

There are plenty of opportunities to learn about trail running so you don’t have to do it alone. 

Check online for local groups, lessons and events happening near you. They’re a great way to get the most out of the sport and really beneficial if you’re new to trail running.