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The Lost Trails Race

THE LOST TRAILS RACE 2018

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The Lost Trails Race is over for this year

And what an event - I think you could say it was a challenging route!

It was the usual kind of Tufties race - excellent flowing trails, some narrow and tight bits, some testing hills ... and the distinct possibility that the runners would get their feet wet! The route was very similar to 2017, but flipped around. The event was based at the playing field in the heart of Falkland Estate, while the 2017 start/finish was the midpoint of the previous edition. The roads, paths and trails were also much the same as 2017. But, to take account of the route flip, the outward trail through the Bluebrae Plantation was changed for another, new, trail created especially for the event. That meant it was virgin trail that had never, EVER, appeared on any previous race.

The original 150 places went in a flash, so we released extra places which made room for everybody.

Here’s what it was like:

  1. silly hilly bits
  2. soggy boggy bits
  3. round abouty bits
  4. squirrelly birly bits
  5. splishy sploshy bits
  6. NEW trails, never before used in any FTR races
  7. LOADS OF OVERALL AND AGE CATEGORY AWARDS
  8. LOTS OF SPOT PRIZES
  9. A MEDAL FOR EVERY FNISHER
  10. All that for just £8 per member!

Constant rain in the weeks leading up to the race had left parts of the route REALLY boggy and muddy. In fact, the route was still being assessed up to the evening before the start. It was decided to just go for it - a decision that made it harder for the runners, but a lot more fun!

The original route included three water crossings, one of which involved running down a stream for about 20 metres. That was going to be fantastic! Unfortunately, though, the pre-race rains had swept away all the silt, etc. from the stream bed. That made it really slippery, and a slip would mean a runner bumping hard down onto rocks. That was too risky, and the runner instead ran along the bank of the stream.

THE IMPORTANT STUFF

Event The Lost Trails Race
Date 15 April 2018
Start Time 11:00
Entries Cut-off 08 April 2018
Max Entries 175

The minimum age for all Falkland Trail Runners events is 16 years old on the day of the race (if a race series, 16 years old on the day of the first race).



If you're interested in entering next year's event, further information about the The Lost Trails Race is in the competitor information pack - dowload it using the link under the header image.