Blazing your own trail – navigation for trail runners

Blazing your own trail – navigation for trail runners

There is a sense of freedom that comes from running on trails as opposed to roads, but it is still all too easy to find yourself running the same routes day-in, day-out. Planning your own adventure by devising your own route not only changes the scenery but is also an empowering process in its own right, allowing you take charge of your journey and personal safety.  

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Inspiring people to get out trail running, keeps Wild Ginger Runner, Claire on her muddy toes.

Inspiring people to get out trail running, keeps Wild Ginger Runner, Claire on her muddy toes.

Claire Maxted, Wild Ginger Running, has gone from co-founder and editor of the UK’s Trail Running Magazine to running her own You Tube channel packed full of advice, gear tests and inspiration for trail and ultra runners of any ability, shape or size. Getting people outside and running trail is her passion but when she isn’t dashing around the country interviewing the superstars of trail she is equally happy on her own home turf with her local club, Stamford Striders. 

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A 54 mile run gave Simon James the trail bug and the idea for a new business.

A 54 mile run gave Simon James the trail bug and the idea for a new business.

Simon James let a busy lifestyle overtake his childhood adventures spent roaming The Gower, in Wales. Until the day a client suggested they take on a 54 mile hike along the West Highland Way. It turned into a life changing run and as they say the rest is history. The seed was sown and so was Simon’s running holiday company, Run The Wild.

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We run the night and here’s how.

We run the night and here’s how.

In our days of central heating, round the clock lighting and cosseting from the natural elements, we can lose touch with our senses and our understanding of night and day.  With so many of us glued to desks or with family responsibilities during daylight hours, running at night is a good practical solution to getting the miles in. But just like there is more to trail running than running, there is more to running at night than darkness. It can add a whole new dimension of adventure to your runs. 

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The Peak District – the best place on the planet for a run

The Peak District – the best place on the planet for a run

 Andy Brooks, off road running coach and race director tells us why The Peak District, the UK's first National Park (1951), is the best place in the world to run trail Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to travel to many different parts of the world, as well as the...

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