28 Oct

Miles And Smiles At Country Piles

Trust10 runnersThat august body, the National Trust, is getting all sweaty and active in its old age. Founded in 1895, the nation’s largest farmer serves 3.5 million cups of tea each year in its tea rooms. In addition the NT welcomed 140,000 people to an organised run last year and has now announced a series of 10k runs at several country piles.

The Trust10 runs will take place on the fourth Sunday every month (they started on 23 October) at 10 venues: Chirk Castle, Wrexham; Claife, Cumbria; Clumber Park, Notts; Hanbury Hall, Worcs; Longshaw, Sheffield; Lymm, Cheshire; Polesden Lacey, Surrey; Saltram, Plymouth; Speke Hall, Liverpool and Tyntesfield, Somerset.

The concept is a simple one. Runners do not need to apply beforehand, entry is free but the normal admission and parking fees for the venue will apply. Registration takes place at 8:30am and runs commence at 9am. There is no timing system in place so runners should time their own efforts if that matters to them – remember that finish lines are more important than finish times.

The Trust10 runs are in addition to the many parkruns already accommodated by National Trust venues and seen as bridging the gap between 5k and 10k and beyond.

The NT also plays host to a series of Night Runs at 16 locations from October to March. Night Runs must be entered in advance and entry fees are £16:50 for Adventurers (over12yrs, 6-9k) or £8 for Explorers (all ages, 1-3k).

Night Run is a series of timed night-time trail running events in partnership with Cotswold Outdoor. If you've ever wanted to run around the gardens of a Tudor manor house at night or explore ancient woodlands after dark, then Night Run gives you the chance.

Full details of National Trust running events on the website here