New off road learning module for jog leaders

Thursday 18 May 2023

Read more about the module on the scottishathletics website

We are pleased be offering a course for leaders who want to expand their skills in leading groups while fell, hill, off-road and trail running.

The new Fell, Hill, Off Road and Trail Module is for those who already have the Leadership in Running Fitness (Jog Leader) qualification, and want to feel better prepared to provide a safe and enjoyable running experience on typical fell and hill terrains.

This will include leading on public paths marked on an Ordnance Survey ‘Explorer’ or ‘Landranger’ map (including those shown on open access land), and the published routes of licensed fell/hill races. The course builds on Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF), contextualizing the learning for an unpredictable environment, and covers preparing for, and managing, risk on different terrains in varying conditions.

As well as keeping a group safe, it will also cover the techniques of off-road running, including ascending, descending and coping with different terrains and conditions under foot.

The first course will be offered in Stirling on 16 July – visit the online course listing on the scottishathletics website for more on this session/booking – with more to follow later in the year.

Coaching coordinator Alison Grey (pictured) said: “We’re really pleased to extend our range of options for jog leaders looking to develop their skills. Scotland has so many fantastic opportunities for hill and trail running, and this course will help leaders feel more confident and safe when leading their groups on challenging terrain.

“We plan to offer more opportunities to take include this course in our Autumn 2023 / Winter 2024 education program, with further course dates due to be published later this year.”

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