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Controversy over long-distance running trail

Posted 28 April 2011
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Controversy over long-distance running trail
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Those who like to put on their running gear and take on some long-distance routes may enjoy a newly-launched scheme helping them time their progress, but some walkers are not so sure.

Trailblazers were launched in Devon on Good Friday (April 22nd) and they help runners to check their progress by punching details into electronic markers along the way of routes like the Pennine Way.

But, reports Grough, some of those who prefer to tackle such paths in their walking boots are not so happy.

It quoted Scottish outdoors expert and writer Cameron McNeish as saying: "These boxes go against the ethos and traditions of long-distance walking in the UK and add further clutter to signposts."

He suggested a simpler solution for runners is to take a watch and time themselves that way.

However, the National Trail website claims those using the boxes for their "extreme running" challenges do so "without disturbing anything or anybody", as there are no crowds of runners to get in the way of others enjoying the countryside.