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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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Arriving in Fort William for the 2021 Cape Wrath Ultra was a strange experience, at first I thought it was just because it was so long since I had last raced due to covid, but then I realised, this would be the first race that I had ever done twice!

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. 

Vision

At Trail Running Scotland we are working hard towards the vision of a vibrant community of runners, connected through shared values of health, wellbeing, personal performance and an appreciation of the wild places we choose to play in. We aim to do this by providing the highest quality of skills training and inspirational experiences.

Values

We believe:

  • The environment in which we run is fundamental to our enjoyment of the sport.
  • Connection with our landscape and natural history fosters a greater appreciation of our environment and therefore our impact upon it.
  • Every runner has the potential to develop given the right training and motivation.
  • Every runner can find their own personal version of high performance.
  • Every running experience should be fun. 
  • The trail running community should be welcoming, inclusive and diverse.

 

 

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