'a wealth of information so the novice or veteran runner can be prepared to hit the dirt and carry on with the adventure of the trail' - Scott Jurek, champion ultramarathoner and international bestselling author of Eat and Run.
The popularity of running has never been greater and with thousands of everyday people taking in conventional 5k, 10k, half-marathon and marathon road running events, there seems to be a natural desire to seek other arguably more challenging forms of running.
Trail Running helps advise runners how to make the transition from road running to off road running, whether your intention is purely for fun or to take part in specialist off road events.
Information about the importance of specialist running gear required.
Specialist exercises to strengthen stabilising muscles, e.g. glutes, core, to counteract the uneven running surface and prevent injury.
Nutritional requirements, particularly for long distance trail runs and the importance of the correct fluid and food to carry with you.
Common injuries contracted during trail running and how to prevent/treat them,
List of popular trail running events - both national and International.
Examples of training sessions and how certain sessions can help improve the highly specific fitness requirements of off road running.
Graeme Hilditch has been a personal trainer for over 12 years. He has written over 30 race-training guides for leading UK charities and is the author of 5K and 10K: From Start to Finish (Bloomsbury).
Featured trails from around the world: UK: Great Trail Challenge Eridge Park 10 The Dragons Back Race, Wales GrizzlyTough Mudder (also Germany, Australia, USA) Hell Runner Germany: Mittenwald Koenigsschloesser Romantik Marathon Netherlands: Egmond Half Marathon USA/Canada: DipseaImogene Pass Run Moose Trail Races - Canada Run for the Toad - Canada Romancing the Island Napa Valley 10k/ Half/ Full Marathon The Western States 100 Big Sur Mud Run Run To The Clouds - Canada Pikes Peak Marathon Australia/New Zealand Mt Glorious Mountain Trails Routeburn Classic -New Zealand The Goat - New Zealand Six Foot Track Marathon - Australia Jumbo-Holdsworth Trail Race - New Zealand Sydney Trail running Series - Australia Rotorua Off-Road Half Marathon - New Zealand Australian Outback Marathon - Australia Tough Bloke Challenge - Australia Lark Hill Dusk to Dawn - Australia South Africa - Hout Bay Trail Challenge Otter Trail Run Kenya - Safaricom Marathon Mexico - Copper Canyon Run Japan - Fuji Mountain race Cuba - Trail Marathon Chile - Atacama Crossing China - Great Wall Marathon