THE ORIGINS OF OUR PARTNER WILD RUNNING
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Bespoke Camps with expert guides
Wild Running offers challenging and inspiring bespoke guided trail running tours with a difference across the UK. Many of our clients are repeat visitors, who may not need a guide but recognise the added value our guides can give. We pride ourselves in using the best guides across the UK, who are not only top level runners themselves, but also knowledgeable and personable people, who will understand what makes you tick.
Some of the places you will go with us: North West Scotland, the Hebrides, Dartmoor and Exmoor, the Lake District.

Support the future
We aim to build on last year’s Junior Wild Running Camps on Dartmoor.
Tool yourself up to go self nav off piste
We recognise that many of you may be new to self navigation events and want you to be confident runners who can dispense with a guide. So we are also offering an NNAS navigation courses for runners, as well as organising a trail running festival Something Wild, a 5km swim in the Dart and co organises the Wild Night Run Series.


Join Our Wild Running Network
We have our own regular running group, which meets once a week, run a Strava Club and offer a resource of running routes across the South West and UK. This year, we are aiming to build our own shoe recycling network and to support some of our favourite charities.

Origins
The aim was simple: to take unemployed people out running on Dartmoor once a week. They provided the transport and picked people up on route. He knew first hand about the benefits of off road running for boosting resilience and wellbeing, as well as improving your running longevity. Ceri had little cartilage left in his knees (a legacy of his years playing rugby) and found road running a challenge. He did not need to gather any scientific evidence to know about these benefits, as he’d already spent a lifetime acquiring the experience.

The spirit of community and camaraderie of the group night runs, has cemented many friendships, since they began. The plan was and still is to replicate this in their wild running camps. Both our Beginner’s Fell Camps in the Lake District and Natural Running Camp on Dartmoor, involves sharing communal meals in a lamp lit camping barn, while our Scotland Camps involve sharing a cottage and listening to talks about the local geology and whisky tasting. The chance to run on a guided route over a munro is central but by no means the only part of the experience. This year, I learnt a lot about hygge when a large Danish group signed up for our Scotland trip. They were excellent company. Without the group, we are just loan wolfs bound for extinction.

The end goal is not to chip away at your 10k time but to enjoy the process of running and hopefully to avoid injuries, in as much as this is possible.

In January 2013, Ceri decided to organise night races, after spotting a niche, alongside a member of his running group and as it turned out, his second cousin twice removed Ben Tisdall! Their Wild Night Run Series supports several local charities. Wild Running now organises the Something Wild festival and a swim in the River Dart, while also offering NNAS navigation courses for runners. In 2017 they are offering Sail-Run trips on board the tall Ship the Lady Avenel. They also hope to stage their first ultra and plan to work with schools, to provide a running legacy as a fun activity.

Ceri says: “Wild Running satisfies our curiosity for landscapes and reminds us of the impermanence of physical and mental discomfort through running. The aim is to engage in the kind of activities that adult life frowns upon.”
Some clients have suffered from depression, post-traumatic stress, or a potentially life threatening condition such as diabetes. We have also had mental health referrals, from enlightened practitioners who recognise that that there is something therapeutic about spending time outdoors. Since running wires your serotonin tap to your musculature, in ways we are just beginning to understand, it has a positive cognitive function.

This doesn’t have to involve trekking through isolated wilderness, harsh mountainous terrain or attending boot camps aimed at pushing people to their physical limits in order to reveal something of their inner emotional resources aka Bear Grylls. But it can if you want it to.

Increasingly we have come to define ourselves by what we do in our spare time. The quest for going in search of wild places in people’s leisure time, whether running, climbing, kayaking or adventure racing, shows there is a fundamental yearning to reconnect with nature.

In its essence, wild running can addresses the very basic need for humans to inhabit and know their landscape, therefore offering potential benefits to all ages and walks of life.

Before moving to Devon on the southern edges of Dartmoor National Park about seven years ago, he had mainly lived and worked in large towns and cities: Newcastle, Madrid, Paris, Buenos Aires, Cuzco. Living in a foreign country has the potential to be an alienating experience but for him, there was always one thing that connected them all on a visceral level.

When Wild Running began, hardly anyone was doing this as a business in the south west. Now there are several trail running companies operating here. I’d like to think we were the trailblazers. My company has grown to become something much more inclusive and regular Thursday night attendees are mostly dynamic professionals who want to lose the shackles of their day jobs and home commitments. Many of them are NHS workers new to the area, who want to explore. The end goal is not to chip away at your 10k time but to enjoy the process of running and hopefully to avoid injuries, in as much as this is possible.

We have also had channel swimmers, brickies, GPs, business leaders, mechanics, teachers and even a Duchess.
We also decided to branch out by organising night races, after spotting a niche. Our Wild Night Run Series supports several local charities. We now organise the Something Wild festival and a swim in the River Dart, while also offering NNAS navigation courses for runners.

Wild Running offers guided tours across the south west and camps in Scotland, Dartmoor, the Lake District and (in 2017) Wales. It mixes trail running, which follows well marked footpaths and bridleways, with fell running, which prefers to go off piste.

Wild Running (it could also have been called playful running or natural running) satisfies our curiosity for landscapes and reminds us of the impermanence of physical and mental discomfort. The aim is to engage in the kind of activities that adult life frowns upon.

The message we give to young athletes at our Wild Running Junior Camps, is to take their time and to enjoy competing in a playful way. Sport should not be a means to an end but an end in itself.
Some of our clients have suffered from depression, post-traumatic stress, or a potentially life threatening condition such as diabetes. We have also had mental health referrals, from enlightened practitioners who recognise that that there is something therapeutic about spending time outdoors. Since running wires your serotonin tap to your musculature, in ways we are just beginning to understand, it has a positive cognitive function. This doesn’t have to involve trekking through isolated wilderness, harsh mountainous terrain or attending boot camps aimed at pushing people to their physical limits in order to reveal something of their inner emotional resources aka Bear Grylls. But it can if you want it to.