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Cairngorms Trail Running Weekend

Introduction Level - 2 days

This is our first ever weekend dedicated to all things Trail Running.

We are blessed with many incredible trails, right here in our back garden.  Our Cairngorm location provides trails of all lengths and abilities.

Spend the weekend with like minded people who share the same passion and interests as yourself.  This is a trail running weekend, but you don’t need to be an athlete to enjoy this.

This weekend will offer a mix of trail run coaching, nutrition, simple navigation, strength & conditioning, gear testing & advice and talks by Athletes.

Learn how to keep running through the winter, and at night.  Leave us with a personal plan which will see you geared up for next year’s adventures and challenges, whatever they may be.

Our Location

Glenmore Lodge is 10 minutes from Aviemore train station.

Travel to Aviemore from Inverness Airport (45 minutes), or Edinburgh airport (2 hours drive).



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Is It For Me?

This weekend is for all abilities.  Maybe you have just started trail running, or you may be more used to running on roads.  You should be able to run up to 10km.

This weekend is also suitable for the more experienced trail runner, looking to improve skills on varied terrain.

Either way you’ll meet like minded people and enjoy a weekend improving your trail running skills.

Course Aims

The aim of the weekend is to provide a series of workshops and runs to suit all needs.

Course Content

The following is an example of the workshops on offer:

Trail / Hill Run A run which can be as much ‘fun’ as you wish.  There will be 3 levels of challenge to choose from.

The aim is to introduce a warm up routine and discuss 4 key themes in relation to the route chosen – tactics , techniques, physiology and psychology.

Strength & Conditioning and creating a training plan Gym strength & conditioning and how to create a training programme that is personalised to your own needs.

Key body weight exercises and routines.  These will improve fitness, prevent injury and will also include rest day and additional training alternatives.  You will gain an understanding of relationships between strength, speed, power and endurance.

Night Running Are you scared or unsure about running in the dark? You are not alone on this!  This is a relaxed social event to help you unwind from the day.

Torches, techniques and tactics, as well as some running will be utilised.

The Terrain game Short coach sessions on ascending, descending, traversing, running narrow twisty paths, dealing with tricky terrain eg wet/dry rocks, boulder fields, steep grass, ice, snow and crossing water without bridges.
Running in the Winter Why do it?  How to keep your running ticking along in the winter months to prevent you starting from scratch each Spring.  We’ll look at layering considerations, what to carry and safety considerations.
Fast and Light Get the micro scales out! Take a look at lightweight kit concepts and how to lighten your own wardrobe.
Nutrition How to plan, what to eat and when to do it during longer runs.
Technology Strava? Viewranger? How to set your training zones? Mapping and recording your runs. Learn how to get more out of phone and watch technology, GPS and heart rate monitors.
Navigation  We will provide some top tips on navigation skills for people on the move.  We will cover map setting, quick bearings at junctions and how to find your location along the trail.  Mobile phone map apps, gps and map information for emergencies.  If you have a compass, bring it along, we will supply maps.

What Will I Need?

Please bring personal running kit which should include

  • Running shoes
  • Socks
  • Buff
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof
  • Windproof
  • Tops and leggings
  • Small rucksack/bumbag
  • Personal wash kit (for residential guests)

Course Pre-Requisites

The ability to run about 10km.

There will be a range of routes to suit all abilities.

No specific trail running or hill running  experience necessary.

What’s included on your course (non residential)

  • Instruction
  • Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
  • Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • In-course transport

What’s included if you choose the residential option – As above PLUS

  • Bed in shared en-suite room – available from 3pm on day before your course starts *

(Single rooms may be available for a supplementary charge, please ask at reception when you arrive)

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner for each course day (except one day and back-to-back courses)
  • Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge
  • Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities or are on a paddlesport course

Arriving at Glenmore Lodge

  • For more information on travel to the Lodge click here
  • Your first inclusive meal is breakfast (7:45 -8:30am) An evening meal is not provided on your arrival night, but bar meals are available in our Lochain bar 5pm to 9pm (5-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Packed lunches are collected at breakfast
  • There will be a welcome talk at 8.30am. The daily programme of your course will be discussed with your instructor when you first meet, taking into account aspirations and prevailing weather conditions.

On your last day

  • Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site
  • All courses will finish by 5pm
  • On Fridays and Sundays we offer a drop off to Aviemore station, leaving Glenmore Lodge at 5pm, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to book this service

*some exceptions – see detailed course notes

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Design your own course

We are happy to create it for you. You can hire one of our instructors or guides from as little as £280 a day, including any equipment. If you’re a group, all of our courses are available on a date that suits you or if you would prefer we can tailor a course to your requirements. Simply give us a call to discuss your requirements.