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‘Trail de la Côte d'Opale’ runners seen from ‘Le Blanc Nez’ headland

The simple pleasures of competition running

A good pair of trainers, shorts and a T-shirt. Running is a sport that is accessible to all and has become increasingly popular over the last ten years. You experience a great sense of freedom when you set off on the trails through the Forest of Mormal or on the coast paths of ‘Les Deux Caps’ where ‘Le Trail de la Côte d'Opale’ takes place. Nature lovers and lovers of fantastic scenery will not be disappointed. And - for the more competitive runner - how about scaling 11 slag heaps in the mining basin over a distance of 60 km across UNESCO World Heritage sites? Or crossing some of the rivers around the Val Joly lake? City folk can also find a trail training ground in the capital’s ‘Bois de Boulogne’ - the runners’ sanctuary in Lille!

Runners racing up a slag heap
  • The slag heap race takes place at the end of September. Several distances are on offer, and all of them involve scaling a few slag heaps!
  • © Yves-Marie Quemener
Races full of colour

Do you want to have fun while doing some exercise? Come and run one of the region’s many organised colour races: Color run, Color me rad, Funny run, Holi run, etc.


Mission Bassin Minier Nord-Pas de Calais , in collaboration with its partners , held Saturday, May 28, 2016 the third edition of the Trail of the Black Pyramids. Here is a return to images of this sporting event.

Ch'ti délires (northern loonies) & other nutcases

Totally "Frappadingues” (crazy)! This is certainly what those watching the competitors in this obstacle race will say. It was started in Montreuil-sur-Mer in 2010. This is what awaits you: ladder crossings, rope bridges, climbing nets, straw bales, piles of tyres, pipes to crawl through, etc. - a real assault course to complete within the walls of Montreuil-sur-Mer and Le Quesnoy. For similar craziness, find out about the ‘Ch'ti délire’ in Val Joly, Saint-Omer and Villeneuve d'Ascq. “What on earth am I doing here?” you will ask yourself throughout the race. Whereas “I was here, I did it and I can’t wait for the next one” will be on everyone’s lips at the finish!

Competitors enter the water for one of their challenges
  • Are you ready to step up to the challenge like these ‘Ch'ti délire’ competitors?
  • © Thierry Thorel