Navigation Workshop 23rd July – update

ByJim Hickie

Navigation Workshop 23rd July – update

Are you new to fell running and unsure how to use a map and compass?
Do you usually simply ‘follow the guy in front’ at a race, hoping he knows where he’s going?
Have you ever wondered where you are on the hill?
Do you fear the mist and wonder how to find your way?
Do you worry about getting lost on the hill?
Would you like to increase your confidence in navigating your way round a fell race?

If you can answer ‘YES’ to ANY of these questions then this workshop is for YOU!

The club is holding a Navigation Workshop to help you increase your confidence on the hill. You will learn how to read a map, use a compass and gain new navigational skills and strategies to give yourself the edge over your competitors.

Boulsworth Fell Race

Colin Woolford at the Boulsworth Bog Fell Race. Photo by the Woodentops

Clayton members Colin Woolford and Mark Nutter will be your tutors for the day. Between them they have over 40 years racing experience over the fells in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, competing in many ‘AL’ races, Mountain Marathons, Adventure Races and Orienteering events where navigational skills are essential. They will be sharing their knowledge with you, to give you the edge on your next race!

As part of the Workshop there will be a NAVIGATION THEMED RACE / EVENT using Sportident equipment to test your newly learnt skills!

The workshop is FREE and open to all members of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers over the age of 18.  Places are limited to 20.


Workshop outline:

Mark Nutter at the David Staff Memorial Fell Race. Photo by Helen Jones

Mark Nutter at the David Staff Memorial Fell Race. Photo by Helen Jones

Saturday 23rd July 2016 at Whitehough Outdoor Education Centre, Barley New Rd, Barley, Burnley BB12 9LF.

Arrival at 09.30, grab a coffee and meet your clubmates.

Classroom and outdoor workshop to understand the map and compass, including basic navigation strategies and route choice.

Lunch (We will provide bacon butties / flapjacks or similar). Tea / coffee / refreshments are included.

Navigation Event – The Race – putting your skills to the test using map, compass and Sportident electronic dibbers!

Review and close at 16.30.

Attendees will need to bring with them their own compass (as per FRA rules) and usual running gear including full ‘FRA kit’. Please be aware we will be outside for much of the day – but not necessarily running around, so an extra warmer layer may be beneficial.


The following members have confirmed their attendance: Carl Dale, Carl Helliwell, Sarah Helliwell, Vicky Heyes, Jean Knightly, Dave Moynihan, Orlaith O’Mahony, Chris Paul, Irene Roche, Angela Shian, and Richard Stevenson.

If you wish to join the workshop, please contact Colin Woolford.

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