Trail Races

If you joined Saffron Striders to get fit and make new friends, then trail races are for you.

They are informal, low cost, usually finish at a village pub and are a great way to explore some of our wonderful countryside.

The entry fee is around £4, which will often include a £2 drinks voucher to redeem in the pub afterwards. There’s no mass start, you simply tell the organiser when you are ready, and off you go, your time stops when you reach the finish, so you can go as fast or as slow as you want. You can even walk it, plenty do!

Although most of the races are at the weekend, there are many in the lighter summer evenings and even a couple on dark winter nights when head-torches are essential.

The routes aren’t marshalled or taped out, instead you follow a list of narrative instructions. It doesn’t matter if you get lost as that’s all part of the fun.

So when you want something more interesting than pounding the pavements or focusing on PBs, come and try a couple of the trail races.

See the Race Calendar for upcoming races.  Check out Essex Trail Events and Mid Essex Casuals for events diaries dedicated to Trail and Cross Country races.


Each year Saffron Striders host a Trail Race. This year’s race, Fran’s Summer Saunter, will be on Tuesday 21st August starting from The Gate, 74 Thaxted Road, Saffron Walden CB11 3AG

Time: Start time between 6 and 7pm

Cost: £2 (includes a £1 drinks voucher for the Gate pub bar)

Entries: On the day only.

Distance: 1 lap of 5 miles (8km)

Admits: Runners, walkers and joggers

Underfoot: 80% off-road route on very quiet byways, bridleways and footpaths around Saffron Walden.  

Navigation: Concise written instructions will be given to each participant. All participants MUST take a mobile phone along with them. There are no marshalls, route markers or water stops.

Contact: Alan Jones,

71 runners took part in Fran’s Saffron Saunter. All the results can be found here

Annual Series Events

The Easter Eggstravaganza – 4 races over 4 days during the Easter holiday, organised by 4 different Essex running clubs.

Tour of Terling – 5 races over 4 days during July / August. Comprises a long trail race, a short trail race, a multi-terrain run (including crossing Terling ford) and 2 one mile time trials (one uphill and one downhill).

Essex Quarter Marathon Series – A series of six quarter marathon (6.55 mile) trail races from different Essex towns on Wednesday evenings. Your best 4 results count towards the overall competition.