Expect to become empowered. Your map will change from your sworn enemy to your new best friend. As a runner, unlocking the map will give you confidence to plan new routes, open up new terrain and joyously discover new places. This one-day course is a mixture of indoor and outdoor sessions, with plenty of opportunity to put new skills into action in a relaxed and supportive environment. You might be wanting to tackle longer days in the hills, thinking about entering your first ultra-running event and need to consolidate on preparation, skills and confidence or maybe you’d like to take a deeper dive into route planning to unlock new areas. Whatever your need, this will be an invaluable weekend for you. A combination of indoor and outdoor sessions, we look at the fundamentals of mountain navigation, GPS devices, weather, and routes as well as how to prepare yourself for a demanding long event. There’ll be a night navigation exercise and a Sunday adventure putting skills into action, as well sessions on kit and food. You’ll be out on the hills on both days- it’s a brilliant opportunity to deepen your knowledge and skills, work on your confidence, listen and share. It’s an inclusive weekend with accommodation (options included) and two highly qualified tutors. For women and men. Tutors: Brett Mahoney & Bethan Logan
This course is for any active person who’d like to become more confident with map reading, route planning and self-navigation. No expertise in map reading required – this is an introductory event. The focus will be on navigating for running but speed is not important, and we often walk when learning new skills and will only jog the more runnable sections.
We will cover around 8-10km of terrain during the day, including some hills.
Can I come on my own? Absolutely and this is something we actively encourage. It’s sometimes hard to book on your own but you’ll have a very warm inclusive welcome if you do.
FELL, TRAIL, ULTRA RUNNING AND CLIMBING:
Brett is a mountain/fell runner, rock climber and development officer for The Outdoor Partnership. He holds his Summer Mountain Leader (SML), Leader in Running Fitness and Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI). Brett is also a member of the Longtown (?) Mountain Rescue Team while being dad to two young children and a spaniel! He took up mountain running in 2016 after the birth of his first child, when time for hill walking was limited and has never looked back. He’s achieved a top 20 finish in the XTERRA Snowdon Trail Marathon in 2022 and a top 10 finish in the Rab Helvellyn Sky Ultra in 2023. Brett specialises in self-navigation mountain rounds and holds the current FKT (Fastest Known Time) for a winter South Wales Traverse (125km + 6,000m), winter Rownd Mynydd Du (Black Mountains Round – 117km + 5,500m) and the overall FKT for Black Mountains Circular (55km + 2,000m).
FELL, TRAIL, SELF-NAVIGATION MULTI-DAY EVENTS AND CLIMBING
Bethan is a qualified Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing Instructor and Orienteering Coach. She has been hooked on mountains since her first glimpse of the ‘real ones’ on a trip to Eryri as a scout! She has never looked back and now, with 14 years of experience leading others and living at the foot of the Black Mountains, she still incorporates plenty of mountain-time into her day-to-day life. With a background in ‘have-a-go’ adventuring, with various long-distance walking and cycling trips around Europe under her belt, she now focuses on fell and mountain running and when not out in the woods trying to keep up with two whippets, can generally be found poring over a map planning the next run or adventure. 2019 gave her a win at the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon, Holy Island SwimRun and the OMM. Returning to more solo events post-Covid, Bethan topped the podium at the Salomon Skyline Scotland 27k trail event and represented East Wales in the British inter-counties fell running championships.
Unlike our weekend events, one-day courses are non-refundable. If you can’t make it on the day, we will happily accept a replacement if you find someone else to take your place.