One of the joys of trail running is the variety of techniques that are needed to cope with different terrain. As Run the Wild specialise in trail runs in the Chilterns and the Alps, we’re faced with a vast mix of trails and a lot of hill work. The challenges of running up hill tend to be considered in advance, but many people find running down the hills surprisingly challenging.
A runner with Run the Wild attempts the steep learning curve of trail running descents
Don’t take unnecessary risks doing speed descents on rocky tracks with blind corners and steep drop offs, be mindful of the weather and always be considerate to other path users. I try to keep to quieter tracks where I’m less likely to be hurtling towards some poor soul just trying to enjoy a quiet summer evening!
As you start out It’s helpful to focus on these key elements:
- Maintaining good form
- Improving your feet-eye coordination and route choice
- Developing your ‘gears’
Good technique is key if you don't want tricky terrain to trip you up
Take a breather before attempting a downhill
Simon James is the founder of Run the Wild - the UK’s first premier, dedicated trail running holiday adventure company. Operating in the UK and the Alps, they deliver holidays that combine the sense of 'team' from mountaineering, with the thrill of trail running in wild places. Simon is a keen trail runner and marathon runner with a PB of 2hrs 37mins. He is a qualified Leader in Running Fitness as well as International Mountain Leader and offers treks in the Alps.