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About the tour
Back for the second year ‘running’ is our winter series of Wild Runs in the local countryside in the North West.
Our method comes from Lorcan’s experiences in Aotearoa/New Zealand in Maori communities. He uses running to explore the natural landscape around the paces we live in and our communities. It typically involves running on minor roads, tracks and sometimes cross-country, depending on the weather and who is taking part in a small group of up to 4 people, but most 2 or 3.
The emphasis is not on distance or speed, but on getting to know better and understand the natural area around where you live, while slowly improving your fitness and health. There can be different grades of tun scheduled for less or more experienced runners, or for those who are only starting to run and are completely new.
A typical Wild Run would meet in one of the runners local communities. The group would quickly identify the safest places to run and where the nearest wild areas are. We then set off for a run lasting up to one hour max. The pace is slow enough to chat along the way and point our interesting places and features.
For example, only today Lorcan discovered how great is Ballyarnet Country Park for cycling and running. It is easily accessible, has a small hill, lots of trails and good wee areas to explore. And right on the edge of the greater Shantallow area!
Over the winter (December and January) the runs will take place on a Friday (early evening around 4-5pm) and the location will vary, in the immediate Derry-Donegal area, depending on who books.
Runs in January will be on a 1-1 basis at different times of day each Friday to comply with relevant government health guidelines.
Meet Our Instructors
I have been making the outdoors both my work and passion for over 10 years now- and every activity brings new people, new places, and new discoveries. What keeps me smiling is discovering the depth of Ireland’s natural heritage- and how people take to it so positively. I have been working with community leaders in Aotearoa/New Zealand for years to understand our own indigenous identity.