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Time to get in shape for the Suffolk Trail Running Festival

The organisers of the Suffolk Trail Running Festival (Suffolk TrailFest) have started the countdown to June’s race by issuing a 10 week training plan to help participants get themselves in peak condition.

More than 600 competitors are expected to take part in one of the four events run across two days, which will take in beautiful countryside from organic farmland between Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds.

Suffolk TrailFest, supported by Free Press owner Iliffe Media, proved a big hit in its launch year in 2018 and is described as the ideal event for beginners to 10k distance running, as well as experienced runners who are aiming for new personal best times.

The Suffolk TrailFest 2018 Ultra 24 hour winning team The Jam JarsPicture: Ruth Leach Photography (8228478)
The Suffolk TrailFest 2018 Ultra 24 hour winning team The Jam JarsPicture: Ruth Leach Photography (8228478)

This year’s event, held on June 15-16, will incorporate 3km, 10km, and 12-hour races, as well as an ultra 24-hour race to cater for all running appetites. There will also be plenty on offer for spectators as well with Forest Schools activities by Wild Play and with facepainting and fete games by Lawshall Pre-School on offer on Saturday.

The organisers are also putting on free events on the Friday night with multi-Guinness World Record holder and inspirational speaker Mini Anderson, map reading workshops and Charlotte Lawson, who will be discussing the environmental impact running has with ReRun.

Kelly Pepper, co-organiser of Suffolk TrailFest said: “We have been very deliberate in putting the Trailfest together, making sure there are options for all levels of runner.

“From the 3km race for beginners or children with their parents, right up to the 24-hour race for serious trail-runners and relay teams, there’s something for everyone.”

The event will also be supporting St Nicholas Hospice Care with their Donut Dash on the Sunday.

Fellow co-organiser Katie Haselhurst said: “We are keen for the Trailfest to have a real community feel.

“It is being held in a part of Suffolk that is close to our hearts.

“We can’t wait to welcome everyone in June for a weekend of running, camping, music, face painting, marshmallow toasting, eating, and laughing.

“We’re very proud to be able to support such a worthy cause as St Nicholas Hospice Care as well”.

She added volunteer marshals to help the runners on their way are needed.

To sign up to the event and view and print off the training plan, visit the Suffolk Trailfest website: www.suffolktrailfestival.co.uk or send an email to the organising team at: info@suffolktrailfestival.co.uk

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