These guided trail runs evening sessions make the most of summer evenings, allow you to discover some of the best trails around Glasgow, experience different types of terrain, run with other women, and gain skills and knowledge to build your confidence running off road.
Each session introduces a different route and has a different focus, providing a great evening of off-road running with time to share tips and advice so that you come away confident in your abilities and equipped to plan your own trail runs. Each evening session is designed to be stand alone so you can come to as few or as many as you can.
Session 1 Getting Out There is about finding out where to go, how to find routes, how to avoid getting lost, and what to do if you do.
Session 2 Staying Safe covers all aspects of staying and feeling safe: how to prepare for and avoid emergencies (including what kit you need, and correct nutrition and hydration); being alone on the trails; what to do in an emergency.
Session 3 Training introduces different types of training sessions which help avoid injury, and build strength and stamina for anyone who’d like to run faster or for longer distances.
Session 4 Slowing Down focuses on taking time to stop and appreciate the landscape and the wildlife around us. Find out more about how trail running benefits your wellbeing and discover some ways to make the most of your time in the natural world, from wildlife recognition apps to getting up close with mosses and lichens.
Spring/Summer 2023 Dates
Thursday 4th May, 6.30pm-9pm: Getting Out There. Book here.
Thursday 25th May, 6.30pm-9pm: Staying Safe. Book here.
Thursday 15th June, 6.30pm-9pm: Training. Book here.
Thursday 6th July, 6.30pm-9pm: Slowing Down. Book here.
All sessions will take place in and around Mugdock Country Park which offers a huge variety of trails and terrain. We’ll start and finish at Milngavie Train station.
What to expect
These are relaxed guided runs with breaks to explore the session’s topic, with the information collated into a document for you to keep. The sessions are informal and encourage the sharing of knowledge.
We cover around 10km and don’t run the whole time. We walk up any hills, and have a few breaks to chat, refuel and share information.
Experience and fitness
Whether you have trail running experience or not, you are welcome to join.
As a guide, if you can comfortably run 6km/4miles in an hour (on roads) without stopping, and this is for you. The most we run without stopping is 30 minutes.
What you’ll need
In additional to whatever you wear when running you’ll need: trail running shoes, a waterproof jacket, hat and gloves, water, snacks, and a running vest (I recommend Decathlon’s). Clean socks and shoes are a good idea to change into at the end of the session.
The ticket price includes guiding and instruction for a group of up to 8 people. As well as a Leadership in Running Fitness and Summer Mountain Leader qualifications, I bring many years of facilitation and training experience, alongside personal experience of running off-road on trails, hills and mountains, and through the varied terrain Scotland offers.
£20 per evening session (reduced rate* £15) or £60 for all 4 sessions (reduced rate* of £45).
*If the full price ticket is a barrier to taking part I offer reduced rate tickets. You can choose what you pay based on your circumstances – no questions asked.
Book via Ticket Tailor here.
Minimum of 4 bookings required for the session to go ahead. You will receive a full refund if it doesn’t.
See terms and conditions for information about refunds and cancellations: https://skylarkguiding.co.uk/terms-and-conditions/