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.
|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.
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.
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.
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
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
"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