Sunday 26th September 2021
The history of Triffic Trail is full of twists and turns as well as ups and downs. We don’t want to give you a chronological history of the event but the race has changed a lot since it was first
The course has changed a number of times since the first running in 1985. It went outside of the Park for a number of years and went along Westpole Avenue. It was decided to keep it in the Park when a number of competitors went missing on the route. It started as 10k race but for a while was changed to a five miler. The changes of route accelerated during the period 2008 -2010 when Peter Goldfinch decided that very small changes to the route would give him the chance to give the prize for a new course record every year. Len Edmonds was Race Director for 8 years before Chas Taylor took over as Race Director in 2011. Chas organised it for four years before Alan Collingbourne became Race Director in 2015
The month in which the race takes place has moved around a fair bit over the years. It started off being run in April and was seen as a good preparation for the London Marathon. Following the few years of being run in April it went to May, October, back to April then March finally landing in June in 2000 and apart from once in July it has remained in June ever since. The organisers have tried to keep at close to the longest day (around the 20th). This gives us the best light for setting up early on the day. The downside of a June race is that it can be very hot with the inherent dangers associated with heat.
When the race started in April 1985 there were separate races for men and women. After a few years of separate races and a break of 3 years when there was no race it returned as
Course setup is always a difficult part of the whole operation. It is
One of the elements which remains fairly constant is the brilliant core team from within the Club who make sure the whole thing goes off largely without hitch. Many of those on the core team have been in situ for many years and are infinitely more experienced than the Race Director and make sure it all happens without too much intervention. Beyond the core team who lead individual groups of members doing a whole myriad of tasks making sure the event is a great success. They are all fantastic and deserve the positive feedback we receive every year from the surveys that people like Runners World magazine undertake. We are always achieve the highest rating for organisation, friendliness, fantastic support and overall great race. The only thing we get marked down on is the p.b. potential. If anyone knows how we can remove some of the hills from Trent Park we would love to hear.