Baffins Trail Division
Baffins Trail Division is a relatively new concept for Baffins Fit Club, its the same positive, encouraging, friendly people, doing the same thing, but with a difference. The emphasis (as it always is with BFC) is on fun, and team work as we take on new challenges.
Baffins Trail Division is for everyone, its included as part of your Baffins Fit Club membership and is headed up by our qualified run leader Matthew Hedley. BTD was set up for people who love running but want to escape the city and explore the great outdoors. We try to arrange 2 organised trail runs per month, they take place in various locations within an hours drive of Portsmouth. Recent runs have been held at Staunton Park, Hundred Acres, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Petworth Park, South Downs Way and the Devils Punchbowl.
The routes are pre-planned and tested, you will find details of our organised runs on our facebook page “Baffins Trail Division”. Each time a run is arranged there will be photos of the route, and a brief write up describing the terrain, including elevation profile, and map of the route so you know what to expect. Some routes will be more challenging than others. Whilst the Trail Division promises to cater for all abilities, not all routes are equal… Where possible, there will be 2 routes in the same area to ensure those of you who want a faster, longer, more challenging route, and beginners are catered for. The exciting thing is that as you gain experience and strength you can work your way up through to the more challenging routes.
Trail running offers many benefits, it breaks up the monotony of pounding the pavements and running the same routes over and over again. Apart from the obvious benefits of being in the quiet countryside, when you run trails you are using and activating different muscles than you would on the road. Instead of your body absorbing the impact of running on hard surfaces the terrain will absorb it, without you thinking about it your body is working much harder as you run; all the time there’s less impact on your body you reduce the risk of an overuse injury which is common in road running. You will find your ankles and core get stronger as your body will be working hard to keep you stable over the twisty terrain, hills are also a fantastic glute workout! All the above will make you a stronger runner overall both mentally, and physically.
Trail running shoes are advisable due to the varied terrain such as gravel, dirt, lose rocks, mud, grass and sand, although some routes will be suitable for road shoes throughout the warmer drier months. Very rarely will a trail run be flat, so you can expect hills (its fine to walk up them if you need to, even the pro’s do it - with practice, you will get better at them!) but with hills come the reward of stunning views which you can take in and enjoy - what goes up, must come down - that bits fun! You will run the soundtrack of the birds singing, see wildlife (cows, sheep, horses, deer, birds of prey, rabbits etc) wild flowers carpeting the forest floors, there are twisty trail paths with exposed roots (you will need to change up your cadence and think about your foot placement to avoid tripping over), run past beautiful meandering rivers and streams cutting through the countryside, and if we’re lucky we may come across the occasional rope swing - just try and resist a play! Trail running is an adventure where we can let go, it’s our playground to be explored and enjoyed, without the pressure of running a certain pace, or achieving a specific time over a distance - unless you want to of course, thats fine with us too.
Sounds good? Then what are you waiting for, come join us and find out for yourself - See you on the trails!