Welcome to our free running group

Next run: Saturday 24 March 2018

About our group

Experience and enjoy off-road trail running (the new 'hot' fitness exercise) with licenced UK Athletics (UKA) Endurance Running Coach!

Regular 2K to 50k sessions for Beginner through to Advanced runners. Every session is free and there are no membership fees!

Run off-road on trails, bridleways and farmland tracks around the Welwyn and Welwyn Garden City areas. Weekend daytime or weekday evenings (with headtorch, if necessary), running off-road is exhilarating, challenging, and offers multiple opportunities to experience different terrain, all with less impact on joints than on tarmac. It's also very social!

Routes are from 30 mins to 5 hours in duration (2k, 5k, 10k, 15k, 30k and 50k), and take in the scenic countryside of this part of Hertfordshire. Join us for a fantastic off-road experience - no maps or GPS needed!

All levels of runner - male or female, beginner or seasoned competitor - welcome. Our focus is on fun, variety of environments, running technique and, of course, fitness development!

What's different about Welwyn Trail Running is that you are running with a licenced and CRB-checked Coach. It's not simply 'follow me'. You receive high quality coaching - free. This includes: technique, performance and fitness development, drills/skills, warm-up/cool-down, training plan development and monitoring, injury prevention, hydration, nutrition, analysis and feedback, and mentoring.   

Running off-road develops strength and agility, all whilst minimising the impact that normally occurs from constantly running on pavements and roads. Our runs are across undulating terrain, away from traffic, and noise!

Please wear 'trail running' shoes (Autumn through to early Spring predominantly) to ensure optimum grip and stability, clothing appropriate to weather conditions, and bring some water (belt attachment is optimum). Occasionally we will run a short way on tarmac to get to and from, and between, the tracks.

Sometimes, we run with long poles to simulate cross-country skiing, and increase our aerobic workout even further!

Group and private 1-1 sessions take place.

Please take a look at "Our Runs" and "Our Routes", register, and book onto a session. Any questions, please contact me (as above right). If you cannot attend the session you have booked on, please let me know!

We look forward to seeing you on the trails!

Contact details

Heathley Clarke - Group Leader


Meet our run leaders

  • Heathley Clarke Run Leader, UKA Endurance Event Group Coach, UKA Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF), Group Leader

Our locations


Welwyn North Station car park (outside Deli Stop Cafe)

Stanborough Park (North side car park - outside Ice Cream shop)

Sherrardspark Wood entrance on Digswell Hill (opposite Red Lion)

Our group numbers

  • 2 Groups runs per week
  • 420 Total KM this year
  • 11K Average run distance
  • 32 Active runners