Road running is more popular, but there’s a reason thousands of runners turn to the trails to add an exciting new dimension to their training – especially in Wales. In Wales, we’re blessed with stunning scenery and unforgettable views. In Builth Wells, you get just that! That’s why we’re looking at why so many runners choose to take on the trail…
1 – The adventure
For those joining us for the first time on 18th May, it’s just like an adventure. You have no idea where the next woodland track is taking you or the next hill will come out – and that all adds to the thrill!
2 – The benefits to your mental health
While road running can be more practical for city dwellers, there’s nothing like escaping it all on the trails. No cars, fresher air, plenty of forestry and less people. You can just absorb your natural environment, and that does wonders for your mind.
3 – A different challenge
Trail running tests you in different conditions – and might even want a new pair of trainers for it! Many runners find the trails improve their running overall. More hills, different terrains, natural obstacles and uneven surfaces make for an improved allrounder!
4 – You’re always soaking it up
There’s no opportunity for you to turn off and miss the beauty of a trail run. With every step there’s a new challenge, so you’re always thinking about the next hill, how to avoid that tree stump – and with that, you’re always appreciating what’s around you.
5 – To break the cycle
Trail running is fun and a fantastic way to break things up if you’re an every day runner following a weekly routine. You’ll never get bored with the trails – and they’re always open for you to run on.
6 – Running faster on road
You’ll feel fitness benefits better than ever after a run on the trails. Trail running makes you stronger and improves your overall fitness, and it’s likely you’ll start to improve your times on the road.
7 – The pressure is off
No trail run is the same and because each one is unique, it’s less PBs and fast times, more enjoyment, fun and taking in the sights.
So, why not take on the trail this May? There’s something for everyone at the Royal Welsh Trail Running Festival, from 10K to 3K to the family-friendly family mile trail. 10K Early Bird entries close at midnight on Wednesday 27th March, so get yours before then!