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Navigation for runners - 8 April

Yesterday we ran our very first Navigation for runners course, based in Aviemore. We were joined by 4 runners, covering the whole of Scotland, from Glasgow to Wick and with very different running backgrounds, from multiple ultra competitors to 5k and occasional runners.

From our base at the edge of the forest we were able to journey around a variety of trails, building on the skills as we went. 

starting off with map setting and recognising features we added the compass skills progressively until we were navigating cross-country from the top of a summit to find our way back to the path. 

After lunch we looked at online resources to help with route planning and then put them into practice with a lovely 5k run exploring some hidden singletrack trails above loch Morlich. 


Details of our next course are here.

More photos are here.

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As we got out of the car by the Glen Nevis youth hostel I looked up towards the summit of Ben Nevis and was struck by how big it looked. I have been into this glen many times before, and have climbed “The Ben” by many different routes, but today it looked….. really big! Perhaps it was a trick of the light, or perhaps it had something to do with what I had planned in the next 24 hours that would finish with having to run down all 1344 meters of it’s rocky trails. 

Whilst we are very much looking forward to welcoming you all back for a busy season of adventures, we are mindful of the need to keep all of our staff and guests safe from the risk of Covid transmission on all of our courses and tours. We have worked hard too follow government and industry guidelines to put in place a number of procedures to help to keep the risk as low as possible. 

What our clients think

 "It was a great day, really enjoyed it. I think I have the hang of it now!"

Lorna M, Navigation for runners 

"A very enjoyable day on all counts. Ian ran the course in a thoughtful and professional manner, and the course was tailored to meet everybody's objectives. (Really important point if you are not sure wether to go or not)"

John C, Navigation for runners

"Absolute professional - Ian inspires confidence in the most hostile of environments and couldn't be a more enthusiastic and capable guide. Can't wait to run with Ian again soon!"

Rob M, Celtman Support

"Ian's knowledge of the Scottish highlands and enthusiasm for running in the mountains, make him the perfect person to guide and advise you on an epic adventure!"



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