In April 2021, MAS teacher Mr Stokes launched TrailFam, a trail running crew based at Mulberry Academy Shoreditch.

Along with the support of Miss Bartlett and Miss Scott, TrailFam takes groups of up to 30 students at a time to woodlands, hills and trails in the counties surrounding London. The Fam, as they are called, are currently made up of year 7 and year 12 students, however, TrailFam are expanding to offer trail running sessions to other year groups.

Trail running is an amazing way to engage with nature; with clear physical and mental benefits for our students. Mr Stokes, a keen trail runner himself, has been blown away by the dedication and resilience of the students and the attention that TrailFam has received from the students has been wonderful to see.

With the creation of TrailFam.com and the @trail.fam Instagram account, TrailFam has forged positive relationships with several charities and outdoor brands. One of these relationships has seen the crew enjoy a donation of over 100 pairs of trail running shoes!

TrailFam is more than just a school club. Born in the wake of the BLM movement and the call for change and greater representation of people of colour, TrailFam aims to increase the inclusion, participation and representation of young people in trail running as well as promoting physical and mental wellbeing.

From the very start of the Autumn term TrailFam will provide even more students with the opportunity to engage in trail running and will be forming a race team to take to high profile trail running events.

Follow Trail.Fam on Instagram and drop in to trailfam.com to learn more.