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Operation Trailffest


Do you want to run trails? Do you want to run down mountains? Do you want to get to the start line of a race by steam train?

If you said yes to all three then you need to run Trailffest!


As soon as I read about this half marathon in Snowdonia I knew I had to sign up. It’s a trail race, the main trajectory is down, and did I mention you get to the start line by steam train?

And not only that, all the profits go to the local air ambulance and mountain search and rescue. What’s not to love?


So having entered the race waaaay back in January I now need to get training. Having spent the last 8 weeks working on my speed, the next 10 weeks will be focused on strength and endurance.

It took a while to work out what plan to use. There aren’t many out there for trail races. So I have based my 10 week plan on the Hal Higson intermediate plan but have added hills and strength training. I’m going to run most of my long runs on hilly routes and plan to go to the Tring parkrun to get some hilly speed sessions in.


For my strength sessions I’m going to concentrate on my legs but especially my ankles, knees and glutes to make sure I can cope with the tough downhill runs.

I’m looking forward to the next few weeks. Do you have any tips for me as I train for Trailffest, my first trail half marathon?

All photos in this post are from the Trailffest Facebook page.

Just looking at them makes me happy!



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