Britain has an abundance of year-round off-road races, whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro. The Trailscape Rail to Trail Series offers trail runs ranging from 10K to marathon-length slogs, all within easy access of a mainline train station. Brutal 10 organise cold and warm weather 10K events with plenty of muddy slopes and steep inclines, while Endurancelife provide some of Britain’s most gruelling and spectacular coastal trail contests.
Tips: Expect a 10K trail run to take about 30 minutes longer than a 10K road run. It’s arguably tougher (but much more fun) than a half-marathon on the road! Your training should include regular runs on the trails, not just on the tarmac.