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Trust10 trail runs frequently asked questions

Runners in the grounds of Lyme Park, House and Garden, Cheshire
Runners in the grounds of Lyme Park, House and Garden, Cheshire | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

On the last Sunday of every month, we host free 10k trail runs at many of the places in our care. Here, we've answered some of the most frequently asked questions about Trust10 trail runs.

How old do you need to be to take part?

We love to see children and families together, enjoying running non-competitively. We recommend that anyone running in our Trust10 events are 14 years old and over.

As the parent or guardian you can use your discretion as to your child being suitable and able to take part in our Trust10 recreational runs. Please keep an eye on them, accompanying and remaining responsible for them at all times throughout the event. We will remind you about the importance of this on property webpages and during the pre-run briefing.

Parkrun currently allow 11 year olds to run 5k events unaccompanied and allow Under 11s to run within an arm’s length of a responsible adult. UKA have various rules related to children running in competitive events on the track, trails and fells which generally have lower distances due to the competitive nature of the events. These bench marks have been considered when setting the recommendation of 14 years for the Trust10 recreational runs.

Due to the differences in the places we host Trust10 events, our recommendations may vary if certain hazards are evident on particular routes.

This might include:

  • If our route crosses busy roads
  • If our route has extended running on public highways
  • If navigation or terrain is perceived to be difficult
  • If weather is extreme

This will be highlighted via the property information of that Trust10 event, allowing you as a parent or guardian to make an improved decision regarding the suitability of the event for your child. If you are unsure please contact the property directly and they will be able to advise.

A running group at Purbeck Estate, Dorset
Running at Purbeck Estate, Dorset | © National Trust Images/Peter Hall

Can you run with a buggy?

Runners with buggies may be allowed if the site is suitable. A route description should be available for all runs and buggy runners are advised to review this prior to the event.

Runners are advised to use their own judgement regarding suitability of their buggy and to use their experience to negotiate the route. Please note, buggy runners will be asked to set off at the rear of the run behind the main/non-buggy running runners.

Can I bring my dog?

Runners should check with the relevant property if dogs are allowed at the Trust10 events. This is a local decision often based on livestock around the route, which may change at various points of the year. A pre-event briefing will include an indication of the presence of livestock on the route.

All runners, spectators and other walkers with dogs should keep their dogs on a lead at all times.

Can I volunteer at a Trust10 event?

You can join our volunteer team by helping us deliver this monthly Sunday morning run. Roles include everything from marshalling the course to registering runners on arrival.

For more information, please check your local property web page.

Runners taking part in a parkrun at Blickling Estate, Norfolk

Trust10 trail runs

Find out more about our free monthly 10k trail runs, which take place on the fourth Sunday of every month.

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