London and trail running might not seem like an obvious match, however fans of heading off-road are surprisingly well catered for both in London and in the surrounding counties. In fact, some of the best trail running events in the UK are around London – the Surrey Hills, Kent and East Sussex all offer a range of trail running routes and races just a short train or car ride from central London.
Whether you are looking for thigh-burning climbs, undulating coastal routes or flat, river paths, they are all there in abundance – you just need to know where to look. To give you a steer in the right direction we have rounded up five of our favourite trail running races, located within easy access of Central London. While there are a couple in there for experienced athletes, we have also made sure to include a few that are better for beginner trail runners too.