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Race Permits (Licences)

The Trail Running Association issues race permits for trail running events.
Click here for race permit guidance and applications


TRA Grants for Race Organisers

Grants are available from the TRA towards the cost of running races.
Click here for more information on grants

A TRA Emergency Grant Scheme has been introduced to help race organisers meet irrecoverable costs incurred as a result of the Coronavirus emergency. Click here for more information.

The TRA Emergency Grant Scheme will run in parallel with the existing TRA Grant scheme.


Race Directory

The Race Directory lists upcoming events all over the country.  Searchable by distance from home and event name.
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Coronavirus Emergency

Update 5th March

The Trail Running Association will begin issuing conditional permits on w/c March 15th for races due to take place from March 29th onwards.

Permits will be conditional on two points:

  • The dates published in the 4-step roadmap do not get changed.
  • Events comply with all future guidance published by England Athletics/DCMS.

Frustratingly, there is still a level of uncertainly regarding what this guidance will state, however, England Athletics/TRA is working on the assumption that 'guidance from 2020 will stand’.

England Athletics are meeting Sport England on 8th March and we hope the required clarity will be obtained within those discussions.

We understand that this will leave many organisers in a difficult position, we are doing everything we can to speed up the process but unfortunately at this stage everything remains in the hands of DCMS and Sport England.

Update 23 February

On February 22nd the government released plans of their 4-Step roadmap to gradually lift COVID-19 restrictionsWithin this document, it announced the return of organised outdoor sport from March 29th.

We are currently liaising with England Athletics in order to understand how this announcement affects the return of Trail Running races permitted by the TRA.

As soon as we have more information an announcement will be made.

Update 5 January

Following the Prime Minister's announcement yesterday, all physical trail running competition in England is suspended until the end of the current lockdown.

The TRA is still able to approve permits for true "virtual" trail competition in England that adheres to the guidance given here.

Update 20 December

England Athletics have updated their guidance today, confirming that in Tier 4 areas organised outdoor sport is not permitted.  
Therefore all TRA permits for trail competition held partly or entirely in areas of England now designated Coronavirus Tier 4 are suspended.

Update 1 December 2020

In accordance with the guidance issued by England Athletics and the Government, trail running competition in England organised following the EA's Covid-19 secure guidance may resume from 2 December 2020 when the second period of national lockdown comes to an end.

The latest guidance EA may be found here:

The TRA supports this guidance and urges all members, trail runners, and race organisers to follow the advice.

What is the Trail Running Association?

The TRA promotes and encourages participation in the athletic discipline of Trail Running throughout the United Kingdom and provides guidance and facilities for organisers of trail races.

The TRA is an associate member of UK Athletics (UKA). The TRA supports UKA in the management and regulation of trail running, and through this association with UKA, the TRA is able to issue permits to race organisers on behalf of UKA. 

The TRA awards grants to race organisers to encourage the promotion of trail running events.

Further details of how the TRA assists race organisers can be found on the Organisers page.

The TRA also arranges British Trail Running Championships. These events are held across three different distances, short, medium and ultra distance.  Please refer to the British Trail Running Championship page for further details.

TRA Championship Grants are offered to the first male and female TRA members who qualify for a grant to finish in each of the three British Trail Running Championships in each year.  Further information is available here.

The TRA also publishes a quarterly magazine called Trailrunner, organises the Ridgeway Challenge 86 Miles and the Thames Ring 250 until 2019.

Explore this site for more information on the TRA and trail running.