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Trail running skills

This course is designed to give you a taste of all the elements of trail running and set you up to start your own adventures.

On both days there will be a mix of workshops and runs, allowing time to learn new skills and develop techniques without running out of steam.

The workshops are accessible for runners new to off road running as well as experienced runners looking to develop their skills, improve performance and stay injury free. 


Workshops will include:

Navigation - This is an essential skill for anyone heading away from the security of roads and parks. We will work on fast map interpretation, direction finding and what to do if you get lost!

Running tactics and techniques - A nice run in which we will work on a warm up routine and analyse our own running style. We will look at our posture, cadence and stride to ensure we are running with efficient technique.

Physical preparation - What can we do to help us run better and avoid injury. This session will give you some simple ideas for strength training, stretching and recovery.

Technical terrain - This active session will include all the tips and techniques needed to find grip on loose surfaces, give us control on fast descents and fly over rocky terrain safely.

Route planning - A classroom session to explore route planning resources and ideas.

Night running - Depending on the time of year we might grab the headaches and have a nocturnal adventure.

Based near Aviemore we have a huge variety of trails and locations that we can use for our training. This course includes two days of instruction and does not include accommodation or meals, allowing you the flexibility to choose your own.

Dates for 2019

Date Price Availability Book Now
1st & 2nd July 2019 Aviemore £90 PLACES AVAILABLE  Book online
27th & 28th July 2019 Pentlands £100 PLACES AVAILABLE Book online


If these dates don’t suit you please get in touch to arrange a bespoke course.

Experience and fitness

This weekend is all about getting stuck in together and exploring the different elements of trail running, so everyone is welcome. The weekend will be a mix of a number of short runs and active workshops, so a basic level of running fitness will help you to make the most of the weekend. If you can complete a Parkrun without stopping in around 30 minutes you should be fine. If in doubt drop us an email to discuss your fitness. 

Kit you will need

The workshops will be a mix of indoor and outdoor sessions, so it is worth having a change of clothes if it is a wet day.

2 sets of running kit.


Warmer jacket

Trail running shoes - Bring what you have and we can discuss options. Get in touch if you want more advice before the course.

Clean trainers for indoors



Small rucksack - We will never be too far from the base, so you will not need to carry much kit, just a warm jacket and water.

Headtorch - September to April

Maps will be provided

Getting here & Accommodation

Aviemore courses

We will meet at Aviemore Tennis Club

There is parking on site and it is 15 minutes walk from Aviemore train station. 

Aviemore has a wide variety of accommodation options


Pentland hills courses

We are based at the Bonaly Outdoor Centre just off the Edinburgh bypass

Directions are here

Course Programme

Skills weekend programme

Previous courses

"Thank you Ian for an excellent weekend of fun filled active adventure. The Trail Running Skills Course led by Ian in Aviemore this weekend offered me the opportunity to build my confidence inspired by #GirlsOnHills last month. I was definitely the least experienced runner of the group but the team dynamic, nurtured by Ian's leadership and inclusive approach let me realise my potential and complete all tasks, of which I felt proud.

Excellent leadership maketh happy groups"

Diane, July 2018

Excellent skills weekend, learnt a lot and had a good time! Ian is an excellent teacher, who communicates the skills and techniques of trail running in a fun, engaging and informative way. Everything very well organised and perfectly placed to explore the trails of the cairngorms.

Alex, July 2018


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