Tiger Beetle 10k Trail Race

Ainsdale, Merseyside

Organiser's Description

This is a measured 10k route around the beautiful Ainsdale Sands National Nature Reserve in Ainsdale, Merseyside. The route is undulating with mixed terrain including trail, sand and mud.

Suitable for all abilities with a 2 hour cut off. The race will be split into waves, choose your wave on entry so you can run with family and friends.

All finishers receive a medal, T-shirt, chip timing with live results, free photo downloads.


All Finishers Receive a Bespoke Beetle Medal & Tech Shirt Plus FREE Unlimited Photo Downloads.

Chip Timing with Live Results

Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR, 2 West End Lodge, Pinfold Lane, Ainsdale, Merseyside PR8 3QW


Car Parking

Follow "Event Parking" signs from the Coastal Road/Shore Road

Fee £2

Shoreside County Primary School, Westminster Drive, Southport. PR8 2QZ

By Car - Shoreside County Primary School, Westminster Drive, Southport. PR8 2QZ. Signposted "Registration" from Ainsdale Train Station.

By Train - We Recommend You Use the Train to Ainsdale Train Station (12 Minute Walk to the Start)

Measured 10k Run Around the Beautiful Ainsdale Sands National Nature Reserve.

The Route is undulating and challenging in places but open to all abilities of runners with a 2 Hour cut off time per wave.

The race will be split into 3 waves so you have a choice ON ENTRY to Run 10am (Blue Bands) - 11:30am (Red Bands) - 13:00pm (Yellow Bands)

The Route is fully signposted and marked out.

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Great but tough event

Stephen Bennett / Mar 16, 2020

Best day ever

This event was one of the best days I’ve had for a while. Challenging but so much fun. Can’t wait to do it again. Fab atmosphere and so well organised yet maintained a relaxed atmosphere. Just so good. Thank you to all who organised/marshalled etc you are appreciated.

Claire Bamber / Mar 16, 2020

Loved it

My second trail run. I only entered it to justify buying the trail shoes, and because it was local, it seemed rude not to.
After my first trail run battling the wind in Northumberland in the aftermath of two named storms, I have to say that despite the undulations, this was a lovely change. Sheltered in the woods most of the time, with just a short stretch of beautiful beach it was a really enjoyable run. There was only one really steep climb up a large dune, where nearly everyone walked. The rest was manageable, and I learned to trust the shoes and speed up on the down slopes to compensate. As a result, I was really pleased that my finish time was not far off what I would expect on a flat road course.
Communication beforehand, directions, safety briefing and overall organisation were excellent. Spotless and plentiful portaloos, a decent coffee/cake/bacon barm truck for the spectators and really friendly and supportive marshalls. And the medal! Best ever!
Thanks to all. I'll be back.

Eileen Knowles / Mar 16, 2020

Fun, varied, challenging route

This was my first organised event run and it was a great experience. In large part thanks to the well organised staff and logistics, but also because of the excellent route. It was varied, challenging, and fun, with beautiful views of the pine forest, sand dunes, and beach throughout. Quite a few inclines and tricky paths, but that made it all the more fun. Overall, a tough course I think, but lots of fun and well worth your time and effort.

James Waterman / Mar 16, 2020

Just like school

In the 80’s I spent many a PE lesson running in the dunes. Sunday was a great day and brought back many great memories


Carl Odgers / Mar 16, 2020


From the volunteers to the photographer to the man with the mike, to the medal givers, the people handing out the jerseys, having water handed to me twice during the race with a smile and encouragement, to the organisation on the whole, this race was absolutely top notch!!! Even the runners themselves who I met on the day were ace! This is defo a staple in my running diet now. See you next year! And thank you!

Sharlene Hernandez / Mar 16, 2020

Tiger beetle 2020

This was my first ever organised race. Loved it. Seemed well organised and I could follow what was happening with registration and bag drop etc.
Everything was well communicated before hand.
Route was great. Well marshalled, though last 1k was a killer with lots of steep little sandy paths 🥵

Stephen Wallwork / Mar 16, 2020

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