Meet the Runner
The Run4It team is made up of friendly and enthusiastic folk, with a passion for running and interest in the way running touches lives and changes communities. To give you some insight into what makes us tick, we have created a series of videos to show you what we Run 4…
The Trail Runner
As well as being great for your body, trail running helps you connect to the natural world and view the world with wonder – as an endless playground. After all, you never know, the greatest adventure might be a stone’s throw from your own backyard!
Trail runners are driven by a desire for discovery, the unknown, adventure, and a willing to take risks (in the form of tackling increasingly challenging terrain).
Mandy, our Run4It Bridge of Allan, got hooked on trail running for all these reasons. She's a trail runner, canicrosser and born adventurer! In this video, she shares her love for the hills and mountains and her go-to gear for comfort and performance.
“My name is Mandy and I’m a trail runner. I live in a beautiful part of the world with access to the hills and mountains and enjoy nothing more than running, surrounded by this amazing scenery. The best things about this type of running are the views, the freedom and the silence.
I love running in the Ochils in Stirlingshire or going up Ben Ledi in Callander and once a year we also go off to train in the French Alps.
Basically I train anywhere hilly, muddy and as far away from the city as I can get. What running gear do I need to have? I always have these items for the trails:
- Trail running shoes with great grip
- A waterproof jacket, as the weather can change any minute in the hills
- A running backpack (to carry extra layers and some nutrition).
What do I find challenging about my running ? Fitting it all in ! With a family and working full time, I have to squeeze in runs when I can. My training regime is usually running everyday, made up of one long run a day and then sometimes a couple of social runs with friends and my partner.
I also try and fit in a gym session once a week, working on my core.”