Run Like a Haggis

Run Like a Haggis offers navigation sessions for walkers and runners looking to develop their map reading skills led by me, Fran Blackett. Courses can be tailored to suit your goals. Do you lack the confidence to plan and follow a route? Do you want to develop the skills to navigate through the mountains using a map and compass safely? Do you need to gain the skills required to follow a fell race route? Would you like to challenge yourself with a navigation event like the OMM or Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon? My courses can help you gain the skills to overcome any of these barriers.

All courses are limited to 6 participants to ensure that I am able to support and guide you in developing your navigation skills.



Excellent
Based on 14 reviews
Dave GHeron
Dave GHeron
18 May 2024
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Great course today Fran. Thanks for passing on your knowledge. Will see you in September, would definitely recommend 👍
Becca Miller
Becca Miller
18 May 2024
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I did the beginners course this morning and Fran was fantastic. Would highly recommend for anyone wanting to learn the basics of a map!
Judith Turnbull
Judith Turnbull
18 May 2024
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I did the beginners course and had no prior map reading or compass skills. Fran was brilliant and the course was great teaching you in the morning and putting it into practice on the afternoon. Would highly recommend, so much so we’ve booked for the intermediate course in September 🙂
Elaine Noakes
Elaine Noakes
18 May 2024
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I had a great time today doing the beginners course. Fran is brilliant, and the course was really well structured. I was quite nervous that I wouldn’t have a clue but am now much more confident. I would highly recommend to everyone 😊
Mitch Coker
Mitch Coker
2 May 2024
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I did Fran’s (Run Like a Haggis) beginners navigation skills course and was anxious that even this would be too advanced for me. Luckily Fran was kind, friendly and patient. Fran taught me how to identify features on a map and use the compass and map to orientate my position. There are shorter exercises at the start and then those learned skills are put to the test in the final walk, which worked really well. I learned a lot and genuinely have a new found confidence when setting out in the countryside. Thanks for a great day out Fran.
Susana Duende
Susana Duende
28 April 2024
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Fran is so knowledgeable!! Just got back from doing the beginners course and I just could not recommend it enough. She made the day super fun and learnt loads. I just can’t wait to put my new learnt skills into practice 😊 - Thank you Fran! X
Vivien Sowerby
Vivien Sowerby
28 April 2024
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Attended Fran's Beginner Course 24th April. Very informative and enjoyable. Steady pace and easy to absorb info. Would recommend.
Ann Rush
Ann Rush
17 March 2024
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Wonderful day out with Fran. The beginner's course is well structured and packed with content without being overwhelming. I was particularly pleased with the pace of the course. There was plenty of time to practise and to consolidate new skills. I'm feeling much more confident about following a route and I'm looking forward to my next adventure.
Maddy Fisher
Maddy Fisher
16 March 2024
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A great day! Fran was super-knowledgeable, and more importantly, able to share that knowledge in a way that made me feel much more confident in navigating off the paths. I’m normally a ‘follow the track’ kind of person, but now feel much more comfortable to walk on a bearing, negotiate a good route between points, and establish where I am referencing features on the map and on the ground. Really fun and well thought out day, very well paced too, felt like we covered the information thoroughly without overdoing anything! Highly recommended - now when is the next mountain marathon…?
Alan Wilkinson
Alan Wilkinson
6 March 2024
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Great teacher, well thought out course, easy to digest techniques. If you have any worries about route-finding this will put you right.
Excellent
Based on 23 reviews
Bella W
Bella W
21 May 2024
I cannot recommend this course enough. Fran made it all understandable removing the intimidation and working in small groups there was a lot of opportunity to check and double check what we were doing and all in stunningly beautiful surrounding. The way Fran teaches is great more about lots of conversations and you seeking answers not just being told which help ensure the key information sticks. I now can’t wait to get out on the trails with a map and a compass - that’s never happened before I’m normally glad I don’t have to look at them again! Thanks so much Fran!
bish bosh
bish bosh
18 May 2024
Amazing day spent with Fran and fellow students. Very well organised with clear and simple instructions on the fundamentals and answers to our million and one questions. Good fun, easily understood and I will definitely be back for the intermediate course.
Judith Turnbull
Judith Turnbull
18 May 2024
I would highly recommend Fran’s navigation courses. I did the beginners course today and came away feeling more confident to get out there with a map and compass 🙂 The day was great starting with learning the skills and doing activities and then a chance to put it all into practice in the afternoon. A great day thank you and we’re already booked into the intermediate course later in the year.
David Heron
David Heron
18 May 2024
Great course delivered by Fran today. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Fantastic day and see you in September. Would definitely recommend 👍
Elaine Noakes
Elaine Noakes
18 May 2024
I had a great time today doing the beginners course. Fran is brilliant, and the course was really well structured. I was quite nervous that I wouldn’t have a clue but am now much more confident. I would highly recommend to everyone 😊
Mitch
Mitch
2 May 2024
I did Fran’s beginners navigation skills day and was anxious that even this would be too advanced for me. Luckily Fran was kind, friendly and patient. Fran taught me how to identify features on a map and use the compass and map to orientate my position. There are smaller exercises at the start and then those learned skills are put to the test in the final walk, which worked really well for me. I learned a lot and genuinely have a new found confidence when setting out in the countryside. If Fran can teach me…she can teach anyone! Thanks for a fab day out Fran.
Carron Holmes
Carron Holmes
30 April 2024
Fran's navigation course was absolutely fantastic. She was so knowledgeable and everything was really well organised and taken at a pace we were all comfortable with. We were orienteering through the forest and then up onto the fell - what a fun, fantastic day with great company. I now feel much more confident to go out on my own with the map and compass.
Delyth Rennie
Delyth Rennie
29 April 2024
My navigation skills are not as good as I need them to be & so I was really pleased to see 'Run Like A Haggis' navigation courses relatively near to me. Not only is Fran is an excellent, patient tutor, but the course was FUN! Highly recommend to anyone. We even met the Gruffalo!
Claire Knowles
Claire Knowles
29 April 2024
Brilliant day with Fran from Run like a Haggis. Great sessions to learn and practice navigation skills. Lots of variety and really encouraging friendly leader in Fran. Despite the rain, we had a great time. Will definitely be back for the intermediate course.
Susana Vicario
Susana Vicario
28 April 2024
Fran is so knowledgeable!! Just got back from doing the beginners course ( 28 April ) and I just could not recommend it enough. She made the day super fun and learnt loads. I just can’t wait to put my new learnt skills into practice 😊 - Thank you Fran! X

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Ten years ago I ran my first Lake District Mountain Trial. I was a rooky with limited navigational skills. At one point I found myself in poor visibility running around the same hill several times. When I reflect on this moment, I picture myself running like a haggis (in circles, slightly manic). Now, with ten years experience and some much improved navigational ability, I am keen to share the skills I have gained with you all. We all end up running like a haggis at some point – that’s what makes navigation in the mountains so much fun. Click on the haggis to find out more about my navigation and running experience.