Win a place in Project Trail

Want to be a trail blazer?

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Bored of normal road races? Gone through the usual range of standard race distances and now in need of a new challenge? Take to the trails and let us entertain you with the experience of a lifetime. Enter Project Trail and life will never be quite the same again!

Trail running is increasingly popular for its many benefits, including amazing scenery, less impact on knees and joints due to the softer surfaces underfoot, and the ability to feel like you’re at one with nature. No nasty concrete, just the gorgeous wildlife and nature trails around you is what makes trail running so special and why so many of us enjoy it.

Trail races are also growing in popularity, so if you fancy taking part in a trail race that will take your running to the next level and give you an amazing experience, Project Trail is for you!
Men’s Running has teamed up with The North Face to offer four lucky readers the chance to take part in a trail race of their choice – with race distances ranging from 7.5K, half marathon, marathon and ultra. Apart from free race entry into your preferred trail event, we will also kit you out with the latest amazing running kit and shoes courtesy of The North Face – from top to toe you’ll have all you need to take to the trails and stay warm, dry and feeling fantastic.

In addition, as with our now legendary Project 26.2 initiative, we’re offering expert coaching tips from The North Face’s athletes, as well as ultra runner and UTMB competitor (and our sister title Women’s Running’s Fitness Editor, Anne-Marie Lategan). Anne-Marie knows all about trail races – she has completed countless ultras to date and will provide you with step-by-step training plans to help you achieve your race day goals.

In return for this amazing package of kit and coaching, you’ll need to be prepared to be featured in regular issues of Men’s Running, be willing to blog every week about your training progress and also be available to take part in a shoot in Surrey on 31 July 2014.

You don’t need to be an elite runner to enter, but a good base level of cardiovascular fitness will of course be a huge advantage. Speed doesn’t matter
– we’d much rather you bring to the Project a great attitude and be a willing participant with bags of enthusiasm!

To enter, simply email and tell us about your running background and why you want to be chosen. If you have a good story to tell, we’d love to hear it. Please tell us which of the trail races below you’d like to run if
you are fortunate enough to be chosen.
The races to choose from are:

The Screes, 18 October, five miles

The Lake District in all its glory. The Screes is a very steep race but –mercifully – it is over relatively quickly. This will test your abilities to go up hills and down! if you’re looking for a unique challenge in a spectacular setting, this is the race for you.


EnduranceLife Suffolk, 25 October, half marathon

A magnificent and beautiful landscape that is a real privilege to run in. You can enjoy the fact that it is a quick flat and fast course by EnduranceLife standards.


Beachy Head Marathon, Eastbourne, 25 October

The Eastbourne Beachy Head Marathon is one the biggest
off-road marathons in the UK – and also one of the toughest. Popular for its scenic and challenging route over the South Downs, it’s great for runners looking for a tough challenge.


Dusk Til Dawn Ultra, Derbyshire, 25 October, 50 miles

One for the night owls. Start at 17:49 (sunset), and run all night, but you must finish the course by 06:52 (sunrise). The course rises and falls through the Peak District. Of course, you’re navigating by torchlight too. You’ll be supplied with a custom Ordnance Survey map – but you’ll need to bring your own compass and be confident to navigate at night.




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