Glencoe welcomes ultra running legend Nicky Spinks

From left Nancy Kennedy, Nicky Spinks, Keri Wallace of Girls on Hills and Sarah Mercer from Glencoe Outdoor Centre.

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The weekend saw Scottish trail running company, Girls on Hills Ltd hold a new course to encourage women into the growing sport of ultrarunning and equip them with the skills and confidence they need to succeed.

The course was the first of its kind and was delivered with the support of record-breaking mountain runner Nicky Spinks and fast-packing explorer
Jenny Tough, in Glencoe.

The weekend incorporated sessions on nutrition, injury prevention, navigation and running with poles. Uniquely it also included talks on motivation, mindfulness and strategies for managing fear.

The sessions covered women-specific topics such as the menopause, amenorrhea and travelling and wild-camping as a solo female. The group also learned about building useful muscle without ‘bulking’ from Lochaber’s female world champion weigh- lifter Emma Hebborn.

Girls on Hills co-director Keri Wallace told us: ‘We’re thrilled the event was a success. It was such a positive and open atmosphere, and a really unique experience; 20 ladies enjoyed learning new skills from some top athletes and sharing their love of trail running.’