On Saturday I ran my third Endurancelife coastal trail run, along the wonderful Dorset coast. Combining tough running with some of the UK’s most beautiful locations – these events are the trail runner’s mecca. Plus you get free jelly babies.
If ‘extreme’ sounds scary, the coastal series also includes equally fun-sounding ‘strenuous’ and ‘severe’ runs in different locations. I’ve run the Exmoor coastal trail run twice. This one is considered the toughest in the series – a stiff climb up to the cliff path takes you along the coast before you cut through the moors and woodland of Exmoor National Park, past wild ponies and yellow gorse, back to the cosy Hunter’s Inn.
As well as being a great way to get out into the outdoors (and/or see how much pain your glutes can take) Endurancelife events are happy, friendly places to be, and fellow runners are a supportive and chatty bunch. I also greatly enjoy getting another running tshirt to add to my ever-growing rainbow of event tees. Next time I swear I’ll brave the half marathon.