Elvet Striders are delighted to once again host the Willow Miner Trail race kindly sponsored by Start Fitness and in aid of Mind and The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, supporting mental health and cancer research.
The course covers 5.7 miles of beautiful trail through woodland and nature reserve, those returning to the race can witness how the woodland trust has grown and matured since the inception of the event. After a winding start through Houghall woods, the course drops into the undulating section of the Durham Woodland Trust, climbing up to views over the River Wear and Croxdale Woods before descending to wildflower meadows and around to the Willow Lady. A singletrack section along the bank of the River Wear leads to a climb up towards the Willow Miner, before traversing back to Houghall Woods and the finish. The route will be fully marked and marshalled.
Parking and toilets will be at the Graham Sports Centre (Maiden Castle), DH1 3SE as in previous years. Depending on government and local restrictions on race day, showers may also be available and this will be made clear in the lead up to the event.
Registration, start and finish have moved from the football field to the farm at Houghall College. This will be signposted and marshalled from the car park. The specific start arrangements will be confirmed closer to the race date in accordance with current government guidance but we hope to be able to provide a mass start.
There is no required kit list, however the course covers some steep, muddy and uneven sections so trail or fell shoes are highly recommended both for grip and reducing the chance of ankle injuries. In the event of inclement weather a waterproof top may also be required. There will be space to leave luggage not needed for the race by the start.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and uncertainty around restrictions there has been no post race food or get together arranged at present while we work to deliver the best race we can, though water will still be provided at the finish. We hope to return to the after race celebration next year!
Please note: to enter as a UKA attached athlete you must enter your own UKA number, available to look up here: https://myathletics.englandathletics.org/licencecheck/
This event offers the option to purchase Refund Protect. Participants can choose to cover their inability to attend with Refund Protect.