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About the Trail Running Association

The Trail Running Association (TRA) promotes trail running in the UK. By joining the TRA you will meet others who enjoy trail running, and find out about trail running events all over the country.

How does it help race organisers?

The TRA is an associate member of UK Athletics (UKA). Through this association with UKA, the TRA is able to issue permits to race organisers. These permits indicate that the race is organised according to the guidelines of UK Athletics and the TRA as regards safety, first aid and facilities. The TRA has also published "A guide to organising trail races".

Does it publish anything?

The TRA publishes a quarterly magazine called "Trailrunner". This contains articles about races, information about trail running and such other articles of general interest as pass the Editor's scrutiny.

How is it run?

The Committee of the TRA meets four times a year to discuss issues and make decisions. It can do this between meetings if necessary. There is also an Annual General Meeting when the TRA officers are elected and the Committee tries to answer questions thrown at it by the members.

The TRA's Constiution can be found here.

What else does it do?

The TRA organises the Thames Ring 250 mile continuous running event and Ridgeway Challenge, an 85 mile race along the Ridgeway.  Additionally the Trail of Herts 55 mile trail run has been added to the races organised by the TRA. The TRA also supports the UK Trail Running Championships in short, middle and long distance each year. These Championships are usually attached to an established event and can move around the country from year to year.

What about the website?

The TRA maintains this website to provide TRA news and information about races. Forms for Permit Applications, joining the TRA, entering the Thames Ring 250, Ridgeway Challenge and Trail of Herts can be downloaded.