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Race Permits (Licences)

The Trail Running Association issues race permits for trail running events.
Click here for race permit 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 23 September 2020

In August, with the agreement of UK Athletics, the TRA restarted issuing permits for trail events held in England, but only for those managed in accordance with government guidance and organised as time trials for socially distance groups of up to six runners, started at timed intervals. 

The next step towards the return to full trail competition can now be taken.  This follows issuing of the guidance now agreed with England Athletics who, as the link to Sport England and the UK Government Department for Digital, Media & Sport, have responsibility to set the requirements for the return to restricted competition in England for each of the athletics disciplines encompassed by UK Athletics.   The guidance facilitates a safe, limited return to trail competition in a Covid-19 secure environment.  The guidance may be found HERE.  The TRA may now issue permits for trail races in England that are managed in accordance with the EA guidance.

The latest EA guidance updates for restricted return to activity can be found here:

This page has links to further England Athletics and UK Government guidance.
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.