About the Guide
80 page black and white A5 booklet giving an introduction to those new to trail running and fell running.
The booklet first explains what trail and fell running are and then details the differences between the two before going into physical aspects of this type of off-road running.
In the training section the constituent parts of these two activities, namely uphill running, downhill running, endurance running, speed training and running over different terrain are examined with also sections on strength training and appropriate flexibility sessions for the trail and fell runner. The section then concludes with advice on training sessions for the trail and fell runner and how to construct different types of sessions to maximise your training.
The relevant clothing and equipment for the two types of running are explained as is the reasons for it and why some aspects are made compulsory for all competitors in fell races. The booklet finally concludes with a section on what to expect when you compete in your first trail or fell race, about the registration, the facilities, what to expect when you are out on the course and what happens when the run is over.
Trail and fell running, collectively known as off-road running. As more and more runners leave the boredom of the roads and seek the challenges and pleasures of running in the open countryside, what can they expect to await them, how can they train and prepare for it and what knowledge, skill and equipment is required to ensure maximum enjoyment and safety.
This booklet takes the newcomer to this, the most rewarding and natural of all the athletics disciplines, and guides them through their baptism of off-road running.
What is Trail and Fell Running
Why run off-road
Types of event
Preparing for a Trail or Fell Run
Choosing and entering an event
Grading of routes
Using the Grading System for progression of ability
How many events should I do in a year
Physical Aspects of Trail and Fell Running
Slow running and walking
Training for Trail and Fell Running
General training principles
Constructing a session
Length of sessions
Putting it all together
Technical Aspects of Trail and Fell Running
Rucksack or bumbag
Required kit for events
Route Finding, Waymarking and Navigation
Waymarking and marking of courses
Participating in a Trail or Fell Run