Tarmac to Trail Running

Leave the noise behind and head out into nature. Trail running is great both for physical and mental health and its easy to start having great fun.

This two day course looks at both the technical trail running skills and the navigation and safety knowledge so that you have a safe and rewarding trail run, time after time.

Who is it for ?

This Trail Running course is designed for those relatively new to the sport, or looking to formalise their knowledge with some instruction.

Tarmac to Trail – Course Overview

After introductions, we explore the safety and navigational skills that are needed to trail run safely.

We include what to carry for emergencies and how to manage an incident wether that’s a snapped ankle or something more serious.

On day two, we look training, nutrition and hydration and cover some running techniques both on the flat and the ups and downs and of course for that lovely mud! We do this whilst putting everything we have learnt into practice by trail running around the Peak District.

We finish the day looking at stretching and conditioning and how to prepare for your first trail event.

Beyond the Edge are one of the UKs most experienced providers of training courses for hills and mountains and our courses are both highly informative and run by hugely experienced trainers. Importantly in our opinion, they are also fun and run in a friendly manner. We take great pride in the very high percentage of individuals who return for further courses.

Tarmac to Trail – Course Format

We mix the theory and practical together over the two days so there is plenty of time to rest and learn. This is not a hard core running camp!

Day 1 We start at 9am with an introductory chat over a cuppa in our training room. Next we cover some navigational theory and a few fun exercises before heading out around the local area. The day is spent at a slower pace to concentrate on navigation. Oxygen pumping to the legs is not going to the brain so you learn less if we blast around. We also cover what to carry for emergencies and practice what to do in several scenarios. We aim to finish at around 4:30pm.

Day 2 Another 9am start and with our new found navigational knowledge we plan a route and then look at how to warm up before heading out. We practice our navigation and learn how to run on the wide variety of trail surfaces that the Peak District presents. This will include some gait analysis and coaching. On return, we rehydrate whilst discussing the benefits of a yoga and a stretching regime. We finish by looking at developing a training plan and how to prepare for and enter your first trail running event.

We aim to finish slightly earlier on the second day, at around 4pm to allow folk to travel home.

Course Details

  • Location: Peak District
  • Cost: £165
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Ratio: 1:6
  • Level: Introduction
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More Information

  • Course Dates
  • Bespoke Dates and Locations

    If there are no dates suitable, we can run this course privately please contact the office and we will arrange some dates and a location to suit your diary.

  • Meeting Point

    The course will meet at The Sir William Hotel at 0900 in the village of Grindleford. The village has good bus and train links with Sheffield and good train links to Manchester.

    The hotel has ample free parking.

  • Equipment Required

    A full kit list with recommendations as to what works best is contained in the Joining Instructions. These also contain a host of helpful tips and links to articles and videos to help you get the most out of the course.
    We can provide maps and a compass, please just let us know if you require this.

  • Fitness Level

    You don’t have to be super fit to enjoy this trail running course. Average running fitness is all that is required.

  • Accommodation Options

    This Beyond the Edge course is non-residential to allow you to select between a thermarest or 5 star hotel as you require.

    There is lots of accommodation in the Hope Valley and we recommend The Sir William which offers BtE clients a discount and this course runs from here.

    Further details and other options are listed on our Accommodation page.

    If you are struggling to find something or want something special, contact the office and we will endeavour to assist.


  • How do I book ?

    The best way is via this webpage. Choose the date from the options on the above and then submit your booking and request an invoice or pay.  If your course is under six weeks away you must pay the full amount.

    For bespoke events get in touch first so we can check diaries and if required give you a quote. Get in touch by either calling the office on 01142 631 155 or emailing us.

  • Does the course include accommodation ?

    Not usually! We prefer to let you choose where you will be most comfortable. This may be in a tent or in a luxury hotel.

    In the Peak District we work out of the The Sir William hotel. This is a comfortable Inn with stunning views over the Hope valley and it also serves great food. We recommend that you stay here as they are well versed in looking after walkers and climbers, offer a discount to BtE clients and it’s a 30 second commute from the breakfast table to our meeting room!

    Further details and other options are on our accommodation page.

    For bespoke courses and events we can arrange whatever you desire from a bivouac under the stars to a spa hotel.

  • Children, Parking, Dogs, COVID and everything else...

    You will find all of the most frequently asked questions and their answers on our FAQ webpage.

Course Details

  • Location: Peak District
  • Cost: £165
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Ratio: 1:6
  • Level: Introduction
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