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Navigation for runners

Navigation is an essential skill for anyone heading away from the security of roads and parks. It is the fundamental skill needed to break the barrier that limits us to familiar trails and opens up a world of exploring new possibilities.

As a runner we want to navigate differently to hill-walkers. We can show you simple techniques that keep your navigation fast and fluid, keeping you on track without having to stop as well as knowing what to do when we get lost!

We will start with fundamental good habits of map setting and direction finding and use these to help us to navigate around a variety of trails. As we go we will add to this with recognising different features on the ground and map along with ways to measure distance as we go.

Compass skills start simple, to check the direction of our trails and help us to find where we are. This builds to using a compass to go cross-country, away from the trail.

We will look at route planning skills and resources, so we set off running knowing how far it is, how much climbing is involved and how long it will take us.

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

Dates for 2018

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28 July 2018 £60 Places available Book Online

 

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

 

Experience and fitness

The day will be a mix of a number of short runs, active workshops and some indoor sessions, so a basic level of running fitness is all you need to make the most of the weekend. If you can run 5k without stopping you should be fine.

No previous navigation experience is necessary.

Kit you will need

The workshops will be a mix of indoor and outdoor sessions.

Waterproofs

Warmer jacket

Trail running shoes - Get in touch if you want more advice before the course.

Clean trainers for indoors

Lunch

Waterbottle

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

Compass if you have one

Maps will be provided

Getting here

We will meet at Aviemore Tennis Club

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

Accommodation

Aviemore has a wide variety of accommodation options

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Previous courses

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

Lorna M, Navigation for runners 2018

"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 2018

 

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