The best trail running films

What you need to be watching when you're not out running

Trials of miles

by Liam Dee |

As if we hadn’t all spent enough time sitting in front of the telly in the past two years, right? Well, TR’s Liam Dee has at least been putting his time to good use (as well as consuming almost his entire bodyweight in popcorn) by streaming some of the most inspirational new running-themed movies. We can confidently state that any of these are guaranteed to provide you with the same motivational boost he’s enjoyed...

Ramsay's Round

Ramsay's Round

by Claire and Dave MacLeod via Nevis Landscape Partnership (20:50)

Showcased as part of the Ben Nevis Film+ festival, this scenic documentary follows Alicia Hudelson on her mission to run Scotland’s Charlie Ramsay Round. Includes some awe-inspiring landscape shots of the Scottish mountains as well as interviews with Mr. Charlie Ramsay himself.

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Crossing Dartmoor

Crossing Dartmoor

by Jonathan Scott (14:26)

A peaceful, lovely self-shot documentary about a 52km run across the Devon wilderness. Not about any times, racing or competition, but simply an ode to the journey for the sake of adventure.

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Trials Of Miles

by Beau Miles (52:26)

Aussie adventurer, the aptly named Beau Miles, is a brilliant storyteller. In this film, he sets out to run the 650km Australian Alpine Walking Trail, diving into the highs and lows of the challenge as well as ‘the why’ behind running.

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Crewing The Crew

Crewing The Crew

Kevin Schmidt & Courtney Dauwalter at the Bear 100 by Salomon (16:04)

Courtney Dauwalter is used to racing (her 2021 UTMB win proves that!), but how does she fare on the other side as a member of a support crew? This film by Salomon shows how she gets on, and what it means to her in supporting her other half and long-time crewperson, Kevin, as he runs his first 100-miler.

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Keeping Up With The Kowboys

Keeping Up With The Kowboys

by Coconino Cowboys (five-part series)

Trail running’s very own reality series documents the characters of the Coconino Cowboys, one of the top ultra training groups in the world. Includes interviews and candid footage from the likes of Jim Walmsley, Eric Senseman and Tim Freriks.

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I Am A Fell Runner

I AM A Fell Runner

by Jessie Leong and Julie Carter for Team BMC (4:24)

Julie Carter narrates her own poem over wild, yet serene, footage of an outing around the Lake District. The poem takes on the air of an ode to the Lakes and to fell running, just like a modern-day Wordsworth if he were a hardy hill runner like Julie! Part of the British Mountaineering Council’s Women in Adventure film competition.

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Totally FKT

Totally FKT

by Ellie Green (52:00)

One of the great stories of what we’ll tentatively refer to as the ‘Covid summer of 2020’ was the battle for the Pennine Way record between Damian Hall and John Kelly. Friends and rivals both on and off the trail, Ellie Green’s film shows how the pair fared on their journeys along the backbone of the UK. Apologies, but this is a film you’ll have to pay for. At the time of Trail Running going to press, it’s not available to stream for free, but it is available via Amazon Prime for £5.99. We can assure you, however, that it’s worth the money!

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Where Dreams Go To Die

Where Dreams Go To Die

by The Ginger Runner (1:16:02)

The infamously barmy Barkley Marathons is known for its unique nature and for its enigmatic race organiser, Lazarus Lake. Canadian ultra runner Gary Robbins has been chasing a chance to run, and finally gets his shot, as shown in this film.

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Ultra Running: How Not To Run 55 Miles

How Not To Run 55 Miles

by BBC Radio 1 (33:47)

Radio 1 is not exactly a name synonymous with trail ultras. Radio presenter and DJ Reece Parkinson sets out to train and run the Cheviot Goat Ultra during the pandemic, exploring whether it’s possible to go from casual runner to ultra finisher. (Spoiler alert: the race gets cancelled, but part two to follow soon…!)

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