Organisers celebrate the success of new off-road running group

(From left) Keith Borrett, Jennifer Devaney, Peter Woods and Liz Beighton.

(From left) Keith Borrett, Jennifer Devaney, Peter Woods and Liz Beighton. - Credit: Archant

The organisers of a new off-road running group in mid Suffolk are celebrating more than 300 supporters in their first full month.

Suffolk Trail Runners was set up by a group of four running enthusiasts to promote social and non-competitive runs in rural areas via Facebook.

Liz Beighton, one of the founders of the group along with Keith Borrett, Jennifer Devaney and Peter Woods, said: “Members of our group, in particular Keith, have been organising trail runs for several years with other runners in the Stowmarket area, primarily to raise money for charity.

“We started to see more and more people turn up to these, some of them members of running clubs and others who just wanted a social run and decided to form a group.

“Despite having only run our first Wednesday night run in April we’re already seeing around 60 runners taking part on a weekly basis.”


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The group, which is similar to parkrun, is free to take part in, with organisers stressing it is not a race.

The runs all take place on a Wednesday evening and participants are given a written description of the route. Most run in small groups and those who haven’t tried trail running before are always welcome to join some of the more experienced runners.

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The runs are usually about six miles long and walkers are more than welcome to take part as well.

The group’s forthcoming runs, which all start at 6.30pm, are on May 20 at the Six Bells in Felsham, May 27 at the Bildeston Crown, June 3 at the Barking Fox, and June 10 at the Chestnut Horse in Great Finborough.

The organisers are also hoping to have runs take place all over the county as well as on weekends as the group grows.

For more information, visit www.suffolkrunners.org.uk or join Suffolk Trail Runners on Facebook.

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