holmes - it's clay mud around here, sticky stuff! So might have to stop and scrape every so often. I've seen some 5k trail races that I might like to enter later in the year maybe. I'll have to see how it goes.
I do a bit of this. I bought some trail shoes and run along the Ridgeway near where I live. It's fantastic, but trainers get really heavy with chalky mud when it's wet. I'd really like to do a trail race but am training for my first (road) half marathon atm.
I'm guessing trail running is what we always used to call cross-country! I run along field boundaries and things - you get a bit muddy but really I don't think you'll need any specific kit apart from shoes. I've got a pair of what I call hybrids which are OK for both. You can wear shorts if you like, unless the paths are quite overgrown.
I'm getting curious about it. I have some woodlands near me that I could run through and it would make a nice change to my road route maybe once a week. How trashed do your clothes/shoes get? I know that trail shoes are recommended but what other gear would I need? I assume trousers rather than shorts? Thanks