We founded UTR because we wanted to create a blend of fell and trail running events in the city. Taking inspiration from other Race Series’ like the Eskdale Fell Running Series in North Yorkshire and the winter PECO’s in Leeds; UTR utilises the natural features of Leeds’s fantastic urban parks and woodlands to create race routes that are beautifully challenging.

We are not elitist and work hard to create a great race vibe and community feel that welcomes all abilities!

Meet the Team

Gavin Longley

UTR was Gavin’s brainchild. Sport and the great outdoors are a huge part of Gavin’s life, a life he has spent much of running around the parks and woodlands of Leeds.

Always a keen cross country runner throughout his teens; then obsessed with mountains during his twenties, always travelling to undertake long distance hikes whenever the opportunity arose. He took up fell running when he started a family because it provided the unrivalled buzz of racing up and down a peak in much less time.
Gavin is a qualified run leader and runs for Wetherby Runners.

Helena Byles

Helena has a passion for movement. She is an experienced yoga instructor, owner of We Are Wellness in Headingley and presents her own yoga programme on Made in Leeds TV.

Back in her London days Helena was largely a cyclist, working as a cycle guide on London to Paris trips and has dipped in and out of running for years. Helena teaches yoga to and trains with various clubs. Her trail running highlight was wining the Bolton Abbey 10k Trail run in 2016. If you’ve got time (lots of it) ask her about how yoga, HIIT and foam rolling can help you!

We want to use Urban Trail Runner to encourage people to get into the outdoors and develop their enjoyment and respect for the environment.

UTR have also teamed up with We are Wellness to organise Active retreats that combine trail running, yoga and great food in great places, please get in touch for more information about these.