Black Trail Runners launch their very first event, Black to the Trails

Author: Kate Sellers

Read Time:   |  July 19, 2022

Black to the Trails is an exciting new event from Black Trail Runners, who want to make trail running more inclusive. We find out all about it...

If you’ve read the mag or been on our website before, you’ve probably already heard about Black Trail Runners and their co-founder Sabrina Pace-Humphreys, who is also a contributor to the mag.

If you haven’t, here’s a synopsis. Here at Women’s Running, we love trail running. There’s something very special about heading outside and seeing greenery and skies. It has the power to change your whole mindset. But so many people don’t run on trails for many reasons. Sometimes it can be because they don’t know where trails are, or they’re anxious about running where there are fewer people. Sometimes it might be because they don’t feel like they belong.

This is a realisation that Sabrina Pace-Humphreys made when she co-founded Black Trail Runners. This group seeks to increase the inclusion, participation and representation of black people in trail running.

“Black runners are under-represented in the culture of trail running, and lack a voice in its organisation and visibility in its media,” they explain.

“Invisible barriers to access mean that Black people miss out on enjoying our outdoor spaces such as National Parks and National Trails. They are effectively excluded from the joy of the natural environment and the many physical and mental health benefits that it brings.”

As well as encouraging people to join them through social media and running groups, Black Trail Runners has gone one step further and has launched its very first event.

About Black to the Trails

Black to the Trails will take place on 11th September. It will be the UK’s first trail running event designed, directed and run by Black Trail Runners for Black people, people of colour. It will also welcome White allies who want to do their bit to diversify the UK trail running scene.

To be clear, Black to the Trails is an inclusive run event for EVERYONE no matter what your ability. There are distances for the kids (under 16s go free!), the brand new and the more experienced trail runner. If you have never run on trails, this is the perfect opportunity to try it out with expert support and kind guidance.

This event will be unique in its offering to all who attend because Black Trail Runners will be bringing feel-good carnival vibes to Dunstable Downs. They’re hoping that everyone will come for the run, but stay for the fun and the community vibes. Throughout the morning, there will be a variety of activities, food and live music the post-run endorphins raised and the party vibes high.

How to get involved

Runners can sign up for the 10K, 5K and/or 1K races and also register as volunteers to help out on the day. If you’d like to find out more or sign up, head to the Black to the Trails website. If you’d like some support training for 5K ahead of the event, then email [email protected] and you’ll be supported to that distance in no time.

Written by

Kate Sellers

Kate Sellers

Kate is our Senior Digital Executive and a keen runner. She's also a qualified Personal Trainer and yoga teacher, so she knows her stuff about workouts, cross-training and stretching. She loves to combine running and exploring, so you'll often find her testing out the latest kit in exciting locations across the UK and beyond. Kate champions exercising for enjoyment. "Most of the year, you'll find me running for fun and wellbeing," she says. "That being said, I do still love the thrill of training for a race from time to time!"

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