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harrier trail Running zone

Join one of Harrier’s FREE trail sessions coming up at the National Outdoor Expo! ⁠

Harrier are thrilled to be hosting the Trail Running Zone at the National Outdoor Expo again for 2024! They’ve got a fantastic weekend of trail sessions planned at their stand B65!

Saturday 23rd March

10am – Kate Parker – How To Use Poles

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Using poles for your trail running or hiking could help revolutionise your outdoor adventures. But
how do you find out which poles are best for you and how do you get started?
Harrier Founder, Kate Parker, will lead this practical workshop on how to use poles. Suitable for
beginners and experienced alike, she’ll share the differences between aluminium and carbon,
fixed and adjustable lengths, the benefits of using poles and, importantly, practical exercises to
get you started.

11am – Ronnie Staton on Running The Spine

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What an earth is the winter spine race all about, why is it so captivating?! Ronnie will discuss his
latest adventure from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders following the
268 mile Pennine Way. The intense highs of Cross Fell at sunrise, the desperate lows of sleep
deprivation in 16 hours of darkness- and everything in between- including an unexpected
friendship formed.

12pm – Dave Taylor on Running The Big Rounds

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For many fell runners, completing the Bob Graham Round is the pinnacle of their goals or
achievements. Dave talks about his experiences on the Bob Graham, Paddy Buckley and
Charlie Ramsay rounds and gives advice on what they entail, the planning and logistics involved
and how to train effectively.

1pm – Stephen Reid’s Guide To Sliding Down Hills (How to have fun in the outdoors!)

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Stephen will take you on a fun journey going right back into his childhood and sharing stories
about the role the outdoors has played in his life.
He’ll be mixing the serious with the fun, covering topics like growing up in Northern Ireland
towards the end of the troubles and how that relates to the outdoors.

Why bullying is one of the reasons he started running in the first place, his trauma at being

robbed of victory during the 1996 3-legged race at school sports day, how running played a role
in getting him interested in business when he was just 14. And the time he and three friends

became excellent sprinters the night they thought they might get murdered up a dark lane.
He’ll also share why he started taking running seriously in his early 20s and how it’s one of

the most important things he does in order to be happy, healthy, productive and creative.

How running completely changed his life and career thanks to social media.

The upsides and downsides of running an outdoors YouTube channel.

Why he nearly quit running in his mid-30s and what brought him back.

Finally why he thinks everyone should try sliding down a hill once in a while.

2pm – Mubarak & Homayra Sheikh | Muslim Runners: Diversity In The Outdoors – practical steps we can all take to get more people out on the trails.

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Husband and wife team Mubarak and Homayra Sheikh will join Mary from Harrier for an informal
Q&A discussing diversity in the outdoors.
We’ll learn more about their passion for trail running and hiking and how they are using this
passion to inspire others to explore the outdoors.
We’ll also discuss practical steps we can all take to help diversity in our outdoor spaces and why
representation is important.

Sunday 24th March

10am – Ronnie Staton’s Guide to Tackling Multi-Day Challenges & Events

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Pulling on over a decade of ultra running coaching Ronnie will discuss the different approaches
possible to achieve success at a multi-day event- it’s more achievable than many suspect.
What does the training involve and how do you tackle each day as it comes? Using feedback
from those he has coached and his close ultra running friends Ronnie is able to provide a
rounded approach from others rather than just his own experience.

11.30am – Stephen J Reid: Social Media and Content Creation for the Outdoors

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An entry level masterclass for anyone who wants to improve their ability to take photographs
and make videos outdoors. Stephen will talk about the equipment he uses and how to match it
to the right conditions and locations. Tips for using cameras, phones, action cameras, 360
cameras and drones for filming.
How to view the world as a photographer to improve your compositions and how to think like a
filmmaker to keep your audience engaged.
The importance of breaking free from trends and finding your own voice and style.
How to edit videos, including how to edit on mobile. The importance of sound, music and colour
grading.
Why sometimes it’s best that you leave the camera at home and finally why the content we put
out into the world matters more than we think.

12pm – Dave Taylor’s Brew With A View

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One of the attractions of trail and fell running is exploring beautiful and remote places. Dave
often includes a stop for a “brew with a view” on his easy or rest days. He discusses the
lightweight kit that he uses for these “fastpacking” type adventures.

Get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/trail-sessions-at-the-national-outdoor-expo-3146989